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

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Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime. 50 pages of b/w photographs.

Both Helter Skelter and Vincent Bugliosi's subsequent Till Death Us Do Part won Edgar Allan Poe Awards for best true-crime book of the year. Bugliosi is also the author of Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O. J. Simpson Got Away with Murder (Norton, 1996) and other books. Curt Gentry, an Edgar winner, is the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets (available in Norton paperback) and Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings.

Title : Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
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ISBN : 0393322238
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 689 pages


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2017

***DISCLAIMER: I READ THIS BOOK UNDER THE CONSTANT INFLUENCE OF THE WHITE ALBUM BY THE BEATLES.*** Hello Charlie! You crazy F (expletive has been deleted because for some crazy reason I’ve got a bunch of kids following my reviews) R!!! ”’How are you going to get the establishment? You can’t sing t...

Ana rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2017

On the afternoon of Friday, August 8, 1969, Manson told the Family: “Now is the time for Helter Skelter.” {This is probably the darkest review I've ever written. Beware, ye of little courage.} Gaze upon this gif. So innocent, so sweet. There is nothing sinister about it. Right? Well, guess aga...

Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★☆

March 23, 2017

So the simple fact is: this man is crazier than a sh•t house rat! He's disturbing and sick. And is his 80 + year old nasty self still married to some 20 something year old? I'm not showing pictures. I don't even want to do a review thinking some freaks are still out there and will come for us all...

Arah-Lynda rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the homes way down in the canyon. The canyons above Hollywood and Beverly Hills play tricks with sounds.  A noise clearly audible a mile away may be indistinguishable at a fe...

Mackey rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2017

My high school US history class textbook was Bloodletters and Badmen: A Narrative Encyclopedia of American Criminals from the Pilgrims to the Present. It was an interesting, yet very enlightening, way to study the development of the US. Think about it. I also attribute this one course for my insa...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

April 08, 2013

Exciting news - we're joining the Manson Family! Today is a very big day for all of us at P Bryant Reviews Inc. As you may have seen on our blog, we are joining the Manson family. I wanted to take this opportunity to say that we always appreciate your feedback here at P Bryant Reviews. Thank you f...

Amalia rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

The Book of Books about one of the most shocking crimes ever committed. Written in simple, clear, almost surgical language, it demands the reader's full attention and leads us right into the hell of one of the most evil minds to have walked this Earth, the mind of Charles Manson. Although everyone...

Matt rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2017

“My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system…I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you.” - Testimony of Charles Manson, November 20, 1970 (given outside the presence of the jury) When I started Helter Skelter, it did not have an ending; by the time I finished, by an odd qui...

Carol rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2015

Charles Manson and "his family" reigned terror throughout an affluent LA community back in 1969 after the brutal mass murder of more than seven people....an unforgettable time if you grew up in the sixties. Prosecuting Attorney, Vincent Bugliosi gives the reader a technically detailed and vividly...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2016

A classic in the true crime genre, this is a fascinating account of the Charles Manson family and the murders they committed in the summer of 1969. Written by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the reader learns the details as the police detectives do. We watch them investigate the murders, interview w...

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