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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 21, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BJUQIO
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Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice Audiobook – Unabridged
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I do find it a little disturbing that Debra Tate was left out of the book almost entirely. Why the need to crop her out of the pictures and make it seem like she really wasn't a part of the family? Reading her two statements regarding the veracity of the book gives me pause. I understand that this is supposed to be Patti's perspective, but no account can be considered complete without including Debra as well. She is after all the only one left of her immediate family. She was there on August 8, 1969. She has done a great job taking up the cause started by Doris and later Patti. I just think it's really sad that this family is shattered this way. I don't get it. One sister/aunt is brutally murdered....wouldnt you do everything in your power to hold the remaining one close? The Manson Family's destruction and damage is reaching through the generations....
I think it would have been fine if it had been written with Sharon's death as "imagined" but there is no way any of us know how she, Jay, Gibby, Voytek or Steven Parent felt when they were being killed. Even the police speculate that the killers knocked over the potted plant, not Sharon, crawling to Jay. Yes, Jay was kicked in the head, but the conversation between Sharon and Tex Watson which resulted in Jay's getting kicked, to use a favorite recent phrase I've heard, "tore my heart apart." I have no ill feeling toward the author and Sharon's niece. But I am greatly disturbed to see no mention of Debra, Sharon's sister, closer in age to her than Patti when Sharon died.
I am also disturbed to find the author defending herself on Manson blogs.
I don't think Sharon would be at peace with this recent chapter of what is left in her family's life.
Before you give glowing reviews, check the facts. A lot of this is pure conjecture. I have imagined Sharon's death too, but I would have liked more about her and less about the killers and the night of her death.
I hope Debra Tate will be writing an account. It would be nice to see Roman treatly gently for once.
Oh, and I had one more thought that I kept meaning to ask the author about: In several books about Sharon, it was mentioned that she was raped, not once but twice, as a young woman. This was never mentioned in the one chapter that was devoted to her. Was it more of an "I changed my mind, I'm sorry I decided to do this with this particular guy" sort of thing and because it was the fifties or sixties, there was no word to call it rape, or did it just never happen? I think Greg King wrote about it, but I know Vince Bugliosi never mentioned it in Helter Skelter, so I have always thought it was not ture. I wonder if Alisa knows, from Patti via Doris, did it happen? Was Sharon ever raped? The one incident I heard about was with a soldier who reported to Col. Tate and I think it was in Italy - I could be wrong. Does anyone know anything about this?