Witness To Evil: The Inside Story of the Tate/LaBianca Murder Trial by George Bishop

Witness To Evil: The Inside Story of the Tate/LaBianca Murder Trial

By George Bishop

George Bishop’s Witness to Evil is an all-access pass to the Tate-Labianca murder trial. The book covers the day-to-day events, and then fills in the blanks by going behind closed doors to the judge’s chamber. It contains loads of interesting testimony and original artwork by courtroom illustrator Bill Lignante. A fascinating look into a bizarre trial.

Pages: 431

Publisher: Nash Publishing; 3rd Edition edition (1972)

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One Response to Witness To Evil: The Inside Story of the Tate/LaBianca Murder Trial by George Bishop

  1. Fred Bloggs says:

    I really enjoyed this book, possibly the first to take us right into the courtroom for extensive trial testimony. There is something about the books written pre “Helter Skelter” that gives them this special edge over everything that followed. Because there was so much that wasn’t known at the time and we didn’t have 40 years of hindsight, parole hearings, autobiographies of the killers or Family members, interviews with the killers, law enforcement, Family members and victims’ families, there is a rawness, a freshness that comes to books like this one, “Five to die,” “Trial by your peers,” “Death to pigs” {even though it came out in 2011, the dialogue is all from interviews recorded between 1969 and 1972 and is a priceless document, running some 500 pages}, “The garbage people” and even “The Family.” There is also a naivete and kind of innocence, a feeling that minds had not been totally made up and the whole saga had not become the kind of Bonnie & Clyde folklore that it has become in the 21st century.
    Bishop’s book asks many questions and gives some tremendous insights into many of the principal characters, gives us a fantastic peek into Judge Older’s chambers, lays out much of the testimony of various witnesses and is, in my opinion, one of a number of “must have” books on the subject.
    I was kind of sad when I got to the end !
    As an aside, I thought the drawings were a bit of a distraction because rarely did they look like the people that they were supposed to depict. But that’s a personal trifle and in no way detracts from a superb book.

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