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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Be advised this edition does not include the 50+ pages of photos present in the print edition. Wish I had known before I purchased.
This is fantastic account of what occurred behind the scenes of the trials and investigations of the infamous Manson Murders. Every detail is brought to light. It's a very interesting read that puts you in the shoes of people that were actually there. It also gives you an inside look of what The Family believed and why they carried out the acts they were convicted and arrested for. Even though the outcome of the trials is very well known throughout the whole world, it's hard to put this book down until you get to the end.
DO NOT PURCHASE from iBooks!
The iBooks version of Helter Skelter is missing 50+ pages of pictures. This only seems acknowledged AFTER you've purchased the book. Go get a hardcopy of this book for more book and less money.