Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Books | True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers
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." Some images in this ebook are not displayed due to permissions issues.
W. W. Norton & Company
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"Sort of obvious what this book is about…but wow. The only other book I’ve read that comes close to this is If You Tell. But this book is incredibly well detailed to the point where you are getting a blow by blow of all the court room drama. I was honestly shocked by a lot of the things I read in this book. Certainly not a book for the faint of heart, but True Crime fans will love this book. It’s intense."
"Wow what a ride. This book is crazy and very well written. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but really interesting for a true crime fan like myself. Your going to hate some people, your going to be very shocked at a lot of what went on and you may or may not cry. But great read, would read it again. Just give me a few years."
"I’m big into True Crime ever since I was literally a child sneaking to watch Unsolved Mysteries. This book gets into the depth of cults and the literal craziness of what they can do. Honestly this is a book that EVERYONE should read. Sad fact is the world is not perfect place but it pays to not be blind to what goes around it. "
"Compelling and creepy."
"I’m a forensic psych major and I have read SO many true crime books but none of them have beat my love for Helter Skelter. Highly recommended. Vincent Bugliosi (the author) was the prosecuting attorney in The People v. Charles Manson et al. which provides a great perspective during the trial portion of the book. Truly a fascinating read. "