Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders Author Vincent Bugliosi
ISBN-10 0393322238
ISBN-13 9780393322231
Year 2001-12-17
Pages 689
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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The 1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time7 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 50 pages of black and white photographs

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