Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murdersby Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
Pub. Date: 12/28/2001
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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
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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."
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Table of Contents
|Cast of Characters||13|
|Part 1||The Murders: August 9-October 14, 1969||21|
|Part 2||The Killers: October 15-November 17, 1969||111|
|Part 3||The Investigation--Phase Two: November 18-December 31, 1969||163|
|Part 4||The Search for the Motive: The Bible, the Beatles, and Helter Skelter January-February 1970||283|
|Part 5||"Don't You Know Who You're Crucifying?" March-June 14, 1970||341|
|Part 6||The Trial: June 15-November 19, 1970||401|
|Part 7||Murder in the Wind: November 19, 1970-January 25, 1971||505|
|Part 8||Fires in Your Cities: January 26-April 19, 1971||541|
|Epilogue: A Shared Madness||599|
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