Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
The True Story of the Manson Murders

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I do not say that this is the definitive book on the Manson case. But in its detailed, documented and annotated pages...in its recapitulation of mood and of the actions begging the scenes, it is arguably an indispensable contribution to the necessary dialogue.
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The #1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time—7 Million Copies Sold


In the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what was the motivation behind such savagery? In the public imagination, over time, the case assumed the proportions of myth. The murders marked the end of the sixties and became an immediate symbol of the dark underside of that era.

Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only "two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi." The meticulous detective work with which the story begins, the prosecutor's view of a complex murder trial, the reconstruction of the philosophy Manson inculcated in his fervent followers... these elements make for a true crime classic. ?Helter Skelter ?is not merely a spellbinding murder case and courtroom drama but also, in the words of ?The New Republic?, a "social document of rare importance."


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About Vincent Bugliosi

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Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 best-selling books, lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published December 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 698 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Robert Kirsch on Jun 09 2015

I do not say that this is the definitive book on the Manson case. But in its detailed, documented and annotated pages...in its recapitulation of mood and of the actions begging the scenes, it is arguably an indispensable contribution to the necessary dialogue.

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