Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

By Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Obviously the most famous Manson book published, it has sold over 7 million copies, making it the best-selling True-Crime book of all time. Written by prosecuting attorney Vincent Bugliosi with author Curt Gentry, Helter Skelter provides the reader with a front row seat for both the investigation and trial. In exhaustive fashion, Bugliosi reveals the details of the Manson family, the Helter Skelter motive, and the nightmarish murders themselves. A must read.

Book Description: A national bestseller — over 7 million copies sold. “[A] social document of rare importance.” — The New Republic

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. 50 pages of black-and-white photographs

Pages: 689

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Older Edition edition (December 2001)

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8 Responses to Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

  1. Lori says:

    Absolutely the best book on the subject. A lot of these so-called “experts”, and bloggers love to discount Bugliosi. I am not one of them. He did what he had to do to get these monsters behind bars so they wouldn’t hurt anyone else. Actually, this is the first book everyone should read on the subject. Lots of details, but photos are very old, and sometimes hard to see.

  2. Catherine says:

    Bugliolsi’s book is a must read. He really nails down how crazy these people are, and I believe the book is as close to the truth about Charles Manson as you, the reader, are going to get. I do believe that despite Manson’s influence, the killers knew the difference between right and wrong and should be held accountable for their actions, and should NEVER be granted parole.

  3. Fred Bloggs says:

    While the book is definitely the “go to” book on the case and a fantastic tome, I have felt for close to 30 years that it needs to be read alongside some of the others on the subject, if only from a balance point of view. Actually, in some ways, reading other books with an opposing point of view actually forces one to look at Bugliosi’s schtick all the more closely and I’ve found that while certain elements can be discounted or at the very least questioned and doubted, overall his position is strengthened.

  4. Fayez Abedaziz says:

    While some believed in that Helter Skelter weirdness, Tex did, the crimes were going to happen anyway, because Charlie wanted revenge and money from those he felt wronged by
    and Gary Hinman was killed for money, it was a robbery.
    It all started with violence: Crowe to Hinman to Tate-Labianca-Shea.
    Tex was sent to kill as Manson sent him to. That’s all Tex needed and he said that in his book, quite basically.
    Bugliosi stretched the truth and had dishonest witnesses that saved themselves when the crap hit the fan and they were making money from that.
    They did not come forward before when they knew about the crimes, including the murder of Shea. Linda Drouin Kasabian also stretched things and lied. Look at how happy she looked throughout, and the Prosecution was taking her to dinners.
    She was guilty of conspiracy and aiding in murders, factually, that is.but she was given total immunity.
    At least a third of this book is bull.
    And this book is not important in finding what was at Spahn, all you need is the pictures from that ranch and the books by Tex, Paul Watkins and Susan Atkins.
    And what Lynette and others have stated over the years.

  5. Fred Bloggs says:

    Ha ha, not biased then, Fayez ?

  6. Fayez Abedaziz says:

    Hi Fred,

    I think that you have a valid point there, and I appreciate that you seem to have a sense of humor.
    I have a bias which kinda formed slowly, after several years when I found that Sadie was Susan Atkins. Because I was with her, before in July ’69 and I liked her.
    At first it was a surprise that turned into a sort of shock when my eyes and yeah, my head ‘squinted’ as I looked at her pictures and thought…Sadie…what the…
    well, Fred, then I began to study the case and, not to go on too much about what I found and felt, but…
    I saw that Susan did not kill anyone though she was an accessory and should have been charged with that and, so to serve, say, 18 to 30 years. (as the vast majority in California are, for one and two murders.)
    So, she was charged and convicted for murders at Waverly and dear Linda was not.
    Yes, Linda was a DA witness, I know.
    Anyhoo, Susan allowed herself to go down when, unlike ‘scramblehead’ Clem Grogan (brother Charlies word for Grogan) she killed no one by her hand . Grogan murdered Shea with the other thugs at Spahn Ranch and served less than 20 years didn’t he.
    And I thought Bugliosi played on fear and bias against ‘hip’people and he at times, lied.
    dear Fayez

    • Law and Order says:

      Brother Charlie? Really? Wonder if you’re really that nut spaced out whack job squeaky fromme? If not you need to seek serious help. You seem to be a concern for your self and others in your community. If anyone can call a sociopath murderer brother they need to be institutionalized.

  7. Law and Order says:

    What is disturbing and obscene is the comments from these serial killer groupies. Charles Manson, Charles Watson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Houghton, Pat Krenwinkle were all violent sociopathic, psychotic, warped individuals.
    They broke into a home and killed mercilessly, brutally, gruesomely 7 people. These people aren’t misunderstood or worthy of sympathy. During their trial, while they were incarcerated, away from drug use, these people mocked, sneered, giggled, and were disruptive. They had no compassion and concern for their victims.
    Today, there is no more laughing. Watson, Houghton, and Krenwinkle all plead and cry and beg to be released. They were sentenced to death and judicial leftist activists briefly overturned the death penalty thus allowing these killers to escape true justice. The spaced out groupies espousing the virtues of killers need to shut their mouth and go back to whatever off the wall place they came up with these insane promotions of violent sociopaths.

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