Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murder by Vincent BugliosiHelter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murder by Vincent Bugliosi

Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murder

byVincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

Paperback | December 4, 2001

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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."

Vincent Bugliosi (1934—2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 bestselling books.Curt Gentry (1931-2014), an Edgar winner, was the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, and co-author of Helter Skelter w...
Title:Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson MurderFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 4, 2001Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393322238

ISBN - 13:9780393322231


Rated 3 out of 5 by from crazy A bit hard to read with all of the legal implications in it but, very interesting because it is all true.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic True Crime Written by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who landed the Manson family behind bars for life, Helter Skelter tells the story of the family's shocking crimes, the police investigation, and the marathon court trial. Victims, perpetrators, detectives and lawyers come to life in this fascinating account.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite True Crime Book I always had an interest in the Manson Family murders and this book gave such a great, in depth look at everything that happened in California during those chilling times.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very in depth, well-researched account of one of the most notorious criminal cases of the last century
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but insightful I found the book quite dry in places but very insightful. Gives a very good perspective on the whole Manson trial.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book I really loved this book! Gave you such more knowledge into the Manson murders, stuff most people aren't familiar with.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Disappointing, boastful, and overrated
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Lots of detail and very interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from informative This book is the only Manson related material that I have enjoyed reading, it did take me a while to get through as some of the parts were slow but overall it was very informative
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incredible It's an amazing book, well written, my only complaint was there was a lot of law talk that was hard for me to understand and I have three degrees (None in law)
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written I was a kid when this nightmare took place, not to hear of it until I came across this book written by the man who prosecuted the case when the murderers were brought to trial. It is a chilling factual account of Manson and his family and the tragedy he set in motion. A well written, chilling account of human nature in its most twisted dimension and how it destroyed so many, the innocent, the guilty and everyone who was touched by their lunacy.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an important, must read classic! This is a pinnacle book. Even IF you are not a fan of true crime this book should be on your to-read list. This book is a haunting, detailed and accurate account of the Tate LaBianca murders and will provide you with insight and nightmares for years to come.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Crime At It's Grittiest Well documented, factual account of the senseless brutality of the Manson family and the chaos and destruction it created.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good very well explained and very detailed
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this I have always been fascinated by Charles Manson, and this is the first book I picked up about him. I thought it was a great read and well written, however, it was lengthy, but still so worth it. If you're really interested in learning about Charles Manson, do not let this one be the only book you read. Really great starting point.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first and best true crime novel I've ever read I read this book years ago but I can still remember every bit of it like it was yesterday - it really is that haunting and real! Everything about Vincent's tale is spooky, creepy, and seems to come alive in your imagination...you almost forget that these were real people who committed real crimes and many of whom are still alive today. Even the courtroom scenes were wrought with excitement and I could feel myself getting more and more nervous as the story rushed on. Very freaky, but probably my all-time favourite true crime novel #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True Crime Classic There's a reason why Helter Skelter is the best selling true crime novel of all time! I was already a fan of true crime novels before reading Helter Skelter, but this is a great read for anyone who has an interest in the Manson Family and American culture of the 1960s. There is a lot of information in this book, but it's written in such a way that you can easily follow along. Plus, it's suspenseful, even if you already know how this story pans out!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Creepy, But So Good I normally do not read crime books, but this book was good! It creeped me out reading all details about the murders, the family themselves, and Charles Manson, but I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone! Just be ready for all the details.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy! Creepy! But the best book to read on the Manson family. Written before the days of "celebrity criminals" this book tells a non-sensational story of the most infamous criminal of the 60's.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was not impressed by the writing When I first started reading this book I found it so interesting and very eerie to read. About halfway through the book I started to loose interest because I found with the author would jump back and forth between topics and many times repeated the same information multiple times which eventually lead to me not being able to finish the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book of a horrible crime #plumreview A great and detailed examination of one of the most horrific crimes of the twentieth century.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was so creepy and eerie. But I could not put it down. It honestly scared me when I would read it in bed at night. Read it!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite True Crime books I have read this book dozens of times. Still cannot understand how Manson got them to do it. Bugliosi did an excellent job.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CSM Excellent read. Chilling
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graphic and grotesque Helter Skelter- Carelessly hurried and confused. Helter Skelter is a sick twisted true story based on the events of the Manson murders. The murders themselves were disturbing and barbaric. There was no real order when it came to the murders. It was all hack and slash. The victims had been stabbed and beaten so bad, it was hard to believe that it was actually real. One victim experienced blunt head trauma and 51 stab wounds. The Mansons took it to a new level of mutilation. This book gets so in depth with the Manson murders, it was hard to put down. It felt like one of those history television shows that is so interesting you do not want to change the channel. Vincent Bugliosi did an excellent job in writing this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in criminology. The book is very graphic so it is not for those who get scared easily. But if you can handle it, it is a great read and I guarantee you will enjoy the book as much as I did.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good and creepy. This book is pretty scary to me. Reading about the Sharon Tate murders and about the people who murdered them. It's scary. I still have to finish the book, I had to stop reading it cause it was starting to give me nightmares. But other than that it's really good. But scary too.
Date published: 2010-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helter Skelter: long but great! This book was super creepy. I think Vincent did an excellent job with attention to detail, I felt I got a good look at the Manson Family as a whole, and that I truly got the full, as accurate as possible story of what happened. My only complaint is that it was at times a bit repetitive, and especially towards the end, there was bit too much… blah blah blah(?)… with no interest/value-add for the readers. In my opinion, a good 50-100 pages could have easily been taken out…but honestly, overall: Definitely! worth the read! It's really a good book.
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helter Skelter I read this book in grade ten when my Law teacher lent it to me. I could not put it down; it was one of the best books I have ever read. The author wrote with such reality and harsh honesty that I felt as if I was there. I highly recommend this book to everyone - even if you are not a non-fiction fan. It should be standard literature in senior classes.
Date published: 2003-12-05

Editorial Reviews

One of the best crime stories ever written. — Chicago Sun-Times

[A] social document of rare importance. — The New Republic