Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

The True Story of the Manson Murders

Book - 1994
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Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.Both Helter Skelter and Vincent Bugliosi's subsequent Till Death Us Do Part won Edgar Allan Poe Awards for best true-crime book of the year.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1994
ISBN: 9780393087000
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Bugliosi 1994
364.1523 B931
364.1523 BUGLIOSI
Characteristics: 1 v. : ill. ; 21-24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gentry, Curt 1931-


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Apr 07, 2018

"Now is the time for Helter Skelter."-Charles Mason
"Look out, Helter Skelter, Helter Skelter, Helter Skelter."-The Beatles
Massively popular book about the Manson Family Murders, which may be the most well-known and influential serial murders of the 20th century. Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi co-wrote the book and while the story itself of the Tate-LaBianca killings is both fascinating and repellent, the writing is less then stellar and it runs way too long (over 600 pages, including an afterword). It doesn't give much context, history, or psychological insight. For that you should check out Jeff Guinn's authoritative biography of Manson. BTW, anyone who thinks Manson is cool is probably a jerk, like Axl Rose or Marilyn Manson.

Nov 21, 2017

As a teen I casually picked up a copy of this book at a thrift store, my attention caught by the Beatles' lyric title and vague memories of the Manson story drifting around me as a child in 1970s California. From the first sentence, I was utterly hooked; fascinated, terrified. To this day I always put this book high on the list of the best books I have ever read. In our current era of mass shootings occurring practically every day, we forget the heart-stopping terror that accompanied the unfolding story of these bloody, bizarre crimes, accomplished by no-longer benign hippies and girls next door gone murderously bad. Bugliosi does a fantastic job of pulling you right into the center of events: from the shock of discovery of the first murder scene, the confusion, terror, and frustratingly incompetent attempts to find the killers, and the intriguing story of how a charismatic small-time criminal managed to build a circle around him of utterly devoted followers; so devoted that they were willing to kill. Of particular interest to me were the backstories of the people who came to surround Manson. So many disaffected young people came to California in the late 1960s, looking for freedom, love, music, a wise guru. What was it about these individuals that drew them to Manson, and kept them by his side when the peace and love eventually imploded into rage and murder? Better than any fictional crime novel, the true story of the Tate/LaBianca killings is a thrilling, terrifying read.

PimaLib_JeanSC Nov 21, 2017

Probably the scariest book I have ever read.

well, as of last night, around 8 oclock, manson's troubled soul departed the Earth. MSNBC, after doing a five minute retrospective of the story, announced it will never do it again. where has the angle of repeated intoxication by LSD in hypnotizing his followers, been covered? anyone here heard of MKULTRA? Thanks, CIA, for all those doses people had to endure, and for what it turned them into. Thanks, Sidney Gottlieb. the book and the trial made St. Vincent's career. It helped that after Nixon contaminated the jury by stating to the media his belief that Manson was guilty, the judge let the trial proceed, forthwith. (The headlines were huge on the newspapers everywhere in this nation: NIXON SAYS MANSON GUILTY). P.S. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS was about Julian's friend's watercolor painting. Really. Yes indeed. If you thought that song was too slow on SGT. PEPPER'S, check out Elton John's remake from 1974, available on his first greatest hits album.

Sep 18, 2016

Stories like these have always interested me, and this one was no different. I preferred the 1st section of the book; it summarised the facts of the case itself. When it became more personalised, I momentarily lost interest, but powering through the first slumber-inducing pages on the author's background leads to a thrilling, up close and personal experience of one of the United States most gruesome and confusing crimes. You get an insider look into the Manson Murders case, along with witty comments and facts the organisation would rather not spill. It's great for anyone who has a taste for crime-solving, and is a definite keeper.

PimaLib_DavidaL Jul 20, 2016

Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, gives a detailed, no-nonsense account of the Tate-LaBianca murders and the cult of Charles Manson. Given the book's reputation, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-paced police procedural in lieu of a provocative page turner. The subject matter is grisly and obviously not for everyone. However, this book is a classic of the true crime genre precisely because it avoids playing up the sensational aspects of the crimes and focuses on the facts. The truth is shocking enough.

Mar 15, 2016

Completely unnecessary amount of douche baggery by the DA who prosecuted the Manson Family. I know I've said it before but this guy desperately needed an editor and psychologist to check his uge ego. This guy makes Donald J Trump look like the Dalai Llama. It was about the point Buscaglia or whatever the hell his name is said sotto voce that I regretted the fact that Manson didn't succeed in having him killed too. This was like the War and Peace of crime novels that I had to finish but kind of hate myself for wasting so much of my life. I actually started this book years ago and just finished it on the way to spring break and it almost ruined my trip.

Jan 31, 2016

In the true crime genre, two books stand on top for me. One is this one - a detailed, gory and chilling story about the Manson Family, which was far larger than many may presume (covering five of the eight pages of the list of characters at the front). The other, which I highly recommend, is "Redrum the Innocent" - about the sex slaying of little Christine Jessop and the subsequent wrongful conviction then exoneration of Guy Paul Morin; one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Canadian history, and with it lessons police and prosecutors everywhere could well learn from in similar cases.

Jan 12, 2016

The incredible true story of the Manson Family murders case, written by the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi .

Mar 22, 2013

Bugliosi is great

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