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A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders leads to shocking new conspiracy theories about the FBI's involvement in this fascinating re-evaluation of one of the most infamous cases in American history.
Twenty years ago, reporting for a routine magazine piece about the infamous Manson murders, journalist Tom O'Neill didn't expect to find anything new. But the discovery of horrifying new evidence kick-started an obsession and his life's work. What had he unearthed and what did it mean: why was there surveillance by intelligence agents? Why did the police make these particular mistakes and why did Tom's greatest ally in this fight turn into his biggest foe?
Chaos is an explosive read that will shock, grip and change our understanding of a case that has haunted the world for over fifty years.
'Riveting ... Sensational revelations ... True crime fans will be enthralled.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'[Full of] scandalous findings ... to me it seems only too plausible. O'Neill's intricately sinister 'secret history' often sounds incredible; that doesn't mean that it's not all true.' OBSERVER
'Tantalizing ... Founded on prodigious research ... O'Neill's 20-year investigation reads like a thriller.' LOS ANGELES TIMES
In his riveting debut, journalist O'Neill, assisted by coauthor Piepenbring, offers sensational revelations about the Tate-LaBianca murders at the hand of Charles Manson and his so-called family in Los Angeles in 1969. What began as a feature assignment for Premiere magazine on the 30th anniversary of the crime turned into O'Neill's 20-year obsession with the murders. He questions the official narrative of the case, that Manson hated blacks and wanted to make it look as though the murderers were black revolutionaries, for instance, by writings pigs, a popular slang term for cops at that time, on the walls of both houses in the victims' blood. O'Neill interviewed more than 500 witnesses, reporters, and cops in the course of his meticulous research. O'Neill suggests that drug dealers who knew Manson may have hired him to initiate "a vengeful massacre" on actor Sharon Tate and the other victims. O'Neill also uncovered the inexplicable leniency shown Manson and Susan Atkins before the murders by their parole officers when they broke the terms of their parole yet were never jailed for the offenses. In addition, O'Neill posits that Manson might have been one of the subjects of the CIA's LSD/hallucinogens experiments. True crime fans will be enthralled.
An amazingly written book with tons of research, and detailed insight into the world surrounding the Manson murders. Would highly recommend