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The #1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time—7 Million Copies Sold

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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December 17
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Bulldog80 ,

Helter Skeltee

Vince Bugliosi is a great courtroom attorney and a great author. I don't understand why IBooks has two versions of the same book.

Stasii23 ,

No pictures??

I don’t understand how the iBooks version does not show any of the pictures. We lose about 100+ pages of pictures and I don’t understand why this varies from the hard copy?

Wish I could get a refund. Do not buy this version if you want to see the pics.

Dugbuynjmede ,

Glad I read the reviews

This book was highly recommended since I have been getting into true crime novels. I have heard that it’s hard to find a copy of this. I was going to buy this until I read it didn’t contain pictures. I’m glad I read the reviews first. Maybe this doesn’t have any pictures because it’s an ebook??? I don’t know. It shouldn’t make a difference.

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