Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 20th 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? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
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|Listening Length||26 hours and 29 minutes|
|Author||Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 13, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,475 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I did not know that most, if not all, of the photos in the original paperback book are not included in this version, apparently due to permission issues, per the statement at the beginning of the book.
This information was NOT included in the book details on the Kindle app shopping page - and it should have been included.
The footnotes are included at the end of the book. Including them at the end of each chapter would have been a better choice, but at least they are there.
Bugliosi (who was also the lead prosecutor of Manson and his co-defendants) begins the 600+ page book with the Tate murders themselves. We follow the housekeeper as she enters the property to begin her day, the trauma of the bodies being discovered, and the movements of the police who first entered the scene. We are next led along to the LaBianca murder scene (the murder of an elderly couple also committed by Manson’s “Family”). From these two bloodbaths, Bugliosi takes the reader along through the (occasionally horribly bungled) police investigation, letting us walk along with investigators as they try to make sense of such seemingly senseless killings.
As I said earlier, Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor of the case (and occasional investigator). This is certainly in evidence as Bugliosi approaches “Helter Skelter” like a trial in and of itself. Physical evidence, witness statements, and paper trails are carefully presented and thoroughly dissected for the reader. The sheer weight of evidence eventually brought together against Manson and his family is presented here in largely chronological order, and shows just how completely Bugliosi throws himself into his work. There is a good reason why Helter Skelter is considered one of the best true crime books written (easily up there with Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood).
So, grab this book and read it. For such a hefty tome, it goes by very quickly. Bugliosi’s style is intense, but highly readable. Any one who is interested in true crime will obviously love this book, but even if that isn’t your usual genre, this is a compelling read about a charismatic madman and the incredible influence he had, not only on his followers, but on the country as a whole.
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The ideal would be to read this book, then watch the 1973 film on YouTube "Charles Manson: the Documentary", and then, only then, watch the Tarantino film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" - the irony of the ending will then have great impact. That film's depiction of Manson's "Family" at the Spahn Ranch in California is masterly.