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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders Paperback – December 17, 2001
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“[A] social document of rare importance.” (The New Republic)
About the Author
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 with Vincent Bugliosi.
Top Customer Reviews
Again, read this book, it's great, but get it in print.
Hey Amazon! If you had mentioned these things in the description, I could have made a better choice. Please, please make these things clear from the beginning. It's my first Kindle disappointment, so I'm not bitter, just sad.
I thought I had a pretty good idea of most everything that had happened during this whole ordeal that ended the era of "peace and love," but I didn't know the half of it. Bugliosi needs over 700 pages to vividly recount every second of what led up to the Manson murders and every detail of what was done to bring the killers to trial and put them away. This is without question the fastest and most intense 700 page book I've ever read (and I've read a few), and that can be credited to the sheer madness of this case and the brilliance of the deep-thinking, amazingly-talented prosecutor who closed the case and then wrote this book to tell everything about it.
The first page on the book reads: "The Story in Which You Are About to Read Will Scare the Hell Out of You". That is not an understatement. This book literally kept me up at night fearing that someone could just simply walk into my living room at any minute. It was so vividly described that it put the fear of God in me when I could literally picture the entire array of murders accurately inside my head. It is such a horrifying aspect, a sea of thoughts that will forever remain inside your subconsciousness. I guarantee that when you read the passages describing the horrendous Tate/LaBianca murders, you will gradually build the entire picture inside your brain, to the point where you will feel like you are there, looking down on an excruciating scene of human barbarity. Not ONE detail is left to the imagination.
You will feel like you are inside the investigation, working with Bugliosi to pinpoint these motives, journeying with the killers step by step as they act out there darkest fantasies. You will begin to second guess "The White Album" and be disturbed by Manson's seemingly psychotic interpretation of it. (Make a point to listen to this album afterwards, and you will feel transported back to the Spahn Ranch where the madness soon ensued) You will feel yourself singing crazy ballads with the Family, you will become ancy inside Susan Atkins' jail cell. You will be scared alongside Linda Kasabian on the long night ride to the Tate house. All these feelings and more will incorporate your senses whilst reading this horrifying story.Read more ›
Vincent Bugliosi does an effective job of putting the chilling story of the Manson murders into print. You will learn a few things about our country's criminal-law system as you read the book, so it's very educational.
The greatest tragedy in this true-crime story was that Sharon Tate worked hard all her life for stardom yet would find it only in death.
I cannot help but empathize with all the murder victims -- some of whose bodies will never be found -- but most especially with the Tate and LaBianca victims whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wrote this granddaddy of true crime back in 1974 and even after 30+ years, "Helter Skelter" remains a true crime classic. The book is a hefty one (over 700 pages)and dissects not only the crimes, but also Charles Manson's background and the Family's various travels and journeys, including run-ins with the law prior to the infamous nights in question. The trial is also covered, which could be in excruciating detail for some.
Even with the glorification of violence today, "Helter Skelter" remains a true story that is so frightening because it could have happened anywhere, to anyone.
Read this excellent account, but be sure that the lights are on and all the doors and windows are locked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best true crime book I've ever read. It's cliche, but I couldn't put it down and can't recommend it highly enough.Published 6 days ago by Tim
This book is by far the best true crime book I've read in a while. I'll be honest, the book had a very slow, dry start. I was totally lost the first couple chapters. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Maria Pilar Montanez
No pictures makes the full story harder to understand. Would have enjoyed seeing some photos.Published 10 days ago by Tina
The best researched and written book on Manson and his crew. Don't give Manson too much credit for brain-washing his disciples. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kevin Tinto
I've been afraid of Charles Manson since I saw him on tv when I was young, and I've been wanting to read this book for quite sometime. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Clark Comstock
Honestly, this is one of the most mind numingly boring books I have ever read and I still to this day have no idea how it is so popular. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Gabby