Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (Paperback)

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Unlike "In Cold Blood," "Helter Skelter" is a book chilling in spite of its author. Seriously, this book is pretty clunky. Nevertheless, it will give you high quality nightmares. Want to lose your innocence? Claw off a part of your soul? Help your loved ones feel needed? Read this book before bed.

— Carly

Every time I try to explain to somebody why I am so fascinated by the Manson murders I never sound less than a little crazy. It's something to do with how that event in the summer of 1969 catalysed the breaking of a dream we never seem to have recovered from, and what it says about how easy it is to go too far and be drawn into darkness. There are a bunch of problems with Helter Skelter, but it is nevertheless a classic of true crime, completely riveting and leaves me with nightmares every time I read it.

— Madeleine


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."

About the Author

Vincent Bugliosi (1934—2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 bestselling books.

Curt Gentry (1931-2014), an Edgar winner, was the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, and co-author of Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi.

Praise For…

One of the best crime stories ever written.
— Chicago Sun-Times

[A] social document of rare importance.
— The New Republic
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393322231
ISBN-10: 0393322238
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: December 17th, 2001
Pages: 736
Language: English