The Family

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In August of 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family helped to wreck the dreams of the Love Generation. At least nine people were murdered, among them Sharon Tate, the young, beautiful, pregnant, actress and wife of Roman Polanski. Ed Sanders' unnerving and detailed look at the horror dealt by Manson and his followers is a classic of the true-crime genre. The Family was originally published in 1971 and remains the most meticulously ...
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Overview


In August of 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family helped to wreck the dreams of the Love Generation. At least nine people were murdered, among them Sharon Tate, the young, beautiful, pregnant, actress and wife of Roman Polanski. Ed Sanders' unnerving and detailed look at the horror dealt by Manson and his followers is a classic of the true-crime genre. The Family was originally published in 1971 and remains the most meticulously researched account of the most notorious murders of the 1960s. Using firsthand accounts from some of the family's infamous members, including the wizard himself, Sanders examines not only the origins and legacy of Manson and his family, but also the mysteries that persist. Completely revised and updated, this edition features 25 harrowing black and white photos from the investigation. "One of the best-researched, best-written, thoroughly-constructed, and eminently significant books of our times…. A masterpiece."—Boston Phoenix
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560253969
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 307,884
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Section 1 The Family: From the Beginning to Mid-1969
1. A Poor Risk for Probation 3
2. Out of the Slams in the Year of Flowers 12
3. Topanga Canyon and the Spiral Staircase 22
4. Visiting the Hog Farm--A Chance for Benevolence Lost 25
5. Back to the Zone of Flickers 26
6. The First Visit to the Spahn Movie Ranch (Spring 1968) 32
7. Meeting Dennis Wilson 34
8. The Witches of Mendocino and Some of the Family on the Haight (June-August 1968) 39
9. Sleazo Inputs 43
10. Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski through 1967 48
11. Rosemary's Baby 53
12. Sharon and Roman in Married Life, 1968 55
13. The Hunger for Stardom 58
14. The Spahn Movie Ranch (Late Summer/Early Fall 1968) 66
15. Death Valley (Fall 1968) 84
16. Abigail Folger and Wojtek Frykowski 94
17. From Death Valley to Canoga Park--Boredom and Stress in the High Desert 95
18. Back to Death Valley 97
19. Helter Skelter and Rock and Roll--a Difficult Mix 99
20. A Rival Guru Comes to the Barker Ranch 102
21. The White Double Album and the Keys to Truth 104
22. Bill Vance and the Gerard Agency 113
23. Beausoleil Also Cultivating the Wilson-Melcher Fame Funnel 115
24. Waiting for Melcher in a Miffed Mode 116
25. Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in Early 1969 116
26. Meanwhile, Back in Sleazoville 121
27. A Whirl of Polanski Projects in the Spring of 1969 122
28. The Spahn Movie Ranch (April-June 1969) 124
29. Manson Records in Santa Monica--Gunmania at the Spahn Movie Ranch (Spring 1969) 131
30. Meanwhile, Helter Kept Skeltering 138
31. Stealing the NBC Video Equipment 143
32. Linda Kasabian Arrives 146
33. The Shooting of Bernard Crowe (July 1969) 146
34. Kasabian Ingratiates Herself Through Cultic Money-Foist 152
35. Melcher Hears about Crowe and the Dune Buggy Battalion Gets Ready (July 1969) 155
36. Getting the Fear 162
37. Films of Violence 163
38. Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in Europe Abigail Folger and Wojtek Frykowski on Cielo Drive in the Spring and Summer of 1969 169
Section 2 The Murders (July 25, 1969-August 10, 1969)
39. The Death of Gary Hinman 177
40. The Anvil into Tartaros 189
41. Death on Cielo Drive 203
42. Fear Swept the Poolsides 222
43. The Second Night 230
Section 3 Manson Captured (August 16-December 1, 1969)
44. The Search 243
45. A Swirl of Theories 250
46. Voodoo, a Reward and Moloch 253
47. Berserk! The Spahn Ranch (August 10-31, 1969) 258
48. The Great Spahn Ranch Raid 262
49. The Killing of Shorty Shea 271
50. Rommel: The Barker Ranch (September, 1969) 273
51. The Burning of the Michigan Loader 279
52. The Capture of Manson (September 20-October 12, 1969) 283
53. The Breaking of the Case (October-November 1969) 298
Section 4 The Family on Trial (1970-1971)
54. Flower-Waifs with Knives (December 1969-early 1970) 323
55. How I Became Involved 328
56. Moiling Months of Investigation (early 1970) 332
57. Secret Film Evidence? (March 18) 338
58. The Spahn Ranch in 1970 341
59. Beausoleil's Second Trial 343
60. Caninoclapophobia at Spahn 346
61. Rostau Trunked 347
62. A Movie in M-Land--Goler Wash in 1970 349
63. Plans for a Horrifying Escape 354
64. Up Goler Wash with Ron Hughes (June 11) 356
65. A Crucifixion Tableau in Front of Judge Older 360
66. A Trial Begins in the Hall of Justice (June 15, 1970-March 31, 1971) 363
67. A Trip with Abbie, Anita and Phil (June 18) 367
68. Maxwell's Silver Copycat 370
69. A Witchy Shirt 372
70. Fear of the Family Among Rockers 379
71. A Jury is at Last Selected 382
72. "This Case Might Finish Hollywood" (July 15) 383
73. I Mention Manson is a Racist in an Underground Newspaper 384
74. Revving up for Testimony 385
75. Lunching for the Films (July 22) 386
76. X Day 388
77. Trembling Testimony 390
78. Manson Comes Up with Questions for Kasabian 394
79. The Photo I Couldn't Bear to See 396
80. A Benefit Not To Be 397
81. Volunteers 398
82. The Intrusion of Nixon (August 3) 400
83. Blowing my Chance for the Films 402
84. Knives in the Corridor 402
85. Guenther, Whiteley and Gleason 404
86. McQueen Threatening Manson 410
87. Jesus until the Eyes (August 17) 412
88. A Purchaser for the Porn and Sadie Continues her Illness (August 28) 415
89. "When I Call Nixon I Get Put Straight Through" (September 4-7) 418
90. Getting to Lennon 422
91. Spahn Gone 422
92. Manson Tries to Pencil-Job Judge Older 423
93. Conspiring to free Manson 428
94. A Priest who Befriended Charlie 431
95. Family Fatigue 434
96. Larry Larsen, Private Investigator 435
97. The Strange Disappearance of Ron Hughes (Late November) 436
98. Manson Orders Davis & Pitman to Surrender 438
99. A Strange New Direction (December 7) 440
100. Sharon Tate's Postcard in the Wilderness 444
101. 1971--Guilty 445
102. Hideous Ends Hideous--Four Sentenced to Die 449
Section 5 The Long Aftermath (1971-2002)
103. The Schisms Begin 453
104. Justice for Donald Shea 454
105. Continuing My Investigation While Writing The Family 455
106. A Visit to Moonfire Ranch (April 2) 466
107. Waiting for the Film (April 4) 467
108. Crossing Wires with John Lennon 470
109. The Hinman-Shea Case (1971-1972) 472
110. Lieutenant Deemer Seeks to Solve the Gaul-Sharp Murders (Spring 1973) 479
111. 1974: The Order of Rainbow 480
112. An INS Agent Investigates (1974) 483
113. The Year Squeaky Fromme Went After President Ford (1975) 484
114. Hard Time A-Healin': The Family Breaks Up (1976-1988) 492
115. The Case That Won't Go Away (Late 1988-1989) 507
116. The 1990s and Beyond 529
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    Learn the true story about Manson and his family

    Excellent book!!! This book should be read before reading Helter Skelter. You will learn about Manson in his early years and how everything came be. I give this book 5 Stars!!!!!!

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