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Helter Skelter

The True Story of the Manson Murders
Bugliosi, Vincent (Book - 1994)
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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.
Authors: Bugliosi, Vincent
Statement of Responsibility: Vincent Bugliosi, with Curt Gentry
Title: Helter skelter
the true story of the Manson murders
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [1994]
Characteristics: 687 p., [50] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Notes: "Afterword" dated: June 1994
Includes index
Contents: Cast of characters: Murders: August 9-October 14, 1969
Killers: October 15 - November 17, 1969
Investigation-phase two: November 18-December 31, 1969
Search for the motive: Bible, the Beatles and helter skelter: January-February 1970
"Don't you know who you're crucifying?": March-June 14, 1970
Trial: June 15-November 19, 1970
Murder in the wind: November 19, 1970-January 25, 1971
Fires in your cities: January 26-April 19, 1971
Epilogue: Shared madness
Afterword
Index
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Manson, Charles, 1934- Murder California Case studies
Topical Term: Murder
Additional Contributors: Gentry, Curt 1931-2014
LCCN: 94020957
ISBN: 0393322238
9780393322231
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 B
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1975 winner. The story of the Manson Family murders told by the DA who prosecuted the case.


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Mar 22, 2013
  • threelions rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bugliosi is great

Sep 08, 2012
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"this book will scare the h*ll out of you."

Sep 07, 2012
  • rosefeliciano rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Crazy story. Hard to believe this happened. Well written by the prosecutor as he walks through how they had to investigate/develop the case. Good read but can be a bit unsettling.

I am an engineer, and therefore deal with details, of a technical nature. But the details required to prosecute Manson et al amazed me. This is a gripping book - I couldn't wait each evening for my time to read the next installment. The story is a scary one, but not so far fetched - for example, other demagogues in history, such as Hitler and Pol Pot and the Mahdi (recommended: "Three Empires on the Nile"), have similarly instilled blind obedience their followers.
I think Bugliosi did society a great service in having guilty verdicts returned. Contrary to what one may think, this was not a slam dunk. Highly recommended.

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