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Helter Skelter

The True Story of the Manson Murders

Bugliosi, Vincent

(Paperback - 1994)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Helter Skelter
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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [1994]
ISBN: 0393322238
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 B
Characteristics: 687 p., [50] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gentry, Curt 1931-2014


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1975 winner. The story of the Manson Family murders told by the DA who prosecuted the case.

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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