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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

A book by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry.

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A shocking but true story of a psychopath

  • Jul 7, 2010


  I was terrrified and shocked that one person could have so much control over anyone. I would recommend this to true crime readers, but not for the faint.  I watch and read alot of true crime but none have left me so scared and horrified as this one.  I read it when I was younger and almost couldn't finish it because of how scare I was.  Thought since I was older it would be different but it wasn't.  I was still terrified!  Even though it is set in the late 60's and early 70's in California it still is not forgotten nor should it be.  It amazes me that Charles Manson could have so much control over so many people.  Not just so called vagabonds but upperclass teens, high school prom queens, middle class kids.  Women, girls, boys and men.  The Tate and the La Bianca murders was so gruesome and overkill.  The reason for the Tate murders was all because of the house.  The real person he sent them there for was one of the beach boys, who had moved earlier.  This book takes you from the beginning letting you know who the members of the "family" all the way to the trial and senticing.  It is well written with photos.








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review by . May 25, 2010
More than you ever thought you'd know about the Manson Family.
As a crime television show lover and a fan of reading about true crimes, I was all over Helter Skelter when I first read about the Manson Family and the havoc that they wreaked.      Vincent Bugliosi, who cowrote this book with Curt Gentry, was the prosecutor of this case and I'm so glad that he chronicled his brush with the case in Helter Skelter.  Not too many others could have offered the same insights as Bugliosi did.  He's one of few people who had …
review by . October 03, 2010
OK, I read Helter Skelter when I was in high school back in the mid 70s.  I remembered it being very intense, but I'm an adult now, and hadn't given much thought to just how intense this account of the Manson murders really is.      So rereading it while I was alone in an apartment in Manchester, UK a long way from anyone I know and love was probably a mistake.  I realized from page one that I was going to need light (every light in the apartment) and noise …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A part of our history everyone should read. It is amazing to see the level of mind control.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
guaranteed to fulfill your morbid curiosity!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
The District Atorney who prosecuted rhe Manson family produces a well writtren and insightful book into the Manson family.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Such a strange but true happening
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Interesting chronology of a gruesome crime.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
charlie manson is a true physco killer in every form
review by . June 20, 2010
   I first read the book in high school for a case study that i was doing for a Forensics class. Once i started reading this book i couldn't stop the way this book was written was simply amazing. The whole book was an in depth look of the Manson Family and their killings the trials after. It was such an interesting book, the amount of information you get in this book about the whole process of the murders is very impressive. One would ask how Vincent Bugliosi would be able to get this …
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2010
amazing book that puts you at the scene of the murders. Very detailed, felt like i was at the scene of the murders and they also get you in depth with all the forensic science that was involved.
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Helter Skelter is a true crime book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. The subject of the book is the 1969 Manson Family murders and Bugliosi's own prosecution of Charles Manson and his followers.

Helter Skelter was first published in the United States in 1974 and became a bestseller. The book takes its title from the song by The Beatles, with which Manson was obsessed. Manson used the phrase for an anticipated race war. Helter Skelter won a 1975 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book and was the basis for two movies, released in 1976 and 2004.

According to the director of the 2008 movie The Strangers, this book was the main influence for the story line of the movie, contrary to any other stories that have been posted around the internet since the film's release.
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Author: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
Genre: True Crime, Historical Biography, Crime & Criminals

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