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  • Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources (Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0808501720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0808501725
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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"The fullest story of the Manson case anybody ever is likely to get." (Wall Street Journal)

"A valuable book on a lurid subject...A record of savagery and official bungling." (Time)

"Continuously fascinating .. .Bugliosi does not disappoint." (New York Magazine)

"The fullest story of the Manson case anybody ever is likely to get" (Wall Street Journal)

"A valuable book on a lurid subject...A record of savagery and official bungling" (Time) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The shocking true story of the Manson murders, revealed in this harrowing, often terrifying book. Helter Skelter won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in 1975 for Best Fact Crime Book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
What fascinates me about this book is not the sex and drugs aspect of it, but what a powerfully hypnotic figure Charles Manson must have been. Even Bugliosi struggles to find words to describe what power Manson was able to wield over his followers. It is literally mind blowing. The other hard hitting aspect of the book was the police incompetence right through the entire investigation. I found it terrifying that they mislaid, lost and destroyed evidence and overlooked obvious and vital matters throughout. It is a testament to Bugliosi's skills as a prosecutor and Manson's huge ego that he ever got convicted. What strikes horror into my soul is the fact that if the police had got themselves sorted out from the beginning it would have been an open and shut case instead of one which dragged on for months, cost thousands of dollars and resulted in the murder of various key witnesses by members of the Manson family. An extraordinary and chilling book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cjob on 25 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
The only criticism this book - and all Mr Bugliosi's other books - receive, that is worthy of consideration, is that he is a bit vain. To criticise him as a previous reviewer has, for not acknowledging the defence's contribution to the guilty verdict through their incompetence is very unfair, he lists every one of their own goals. I don't know what some readers expect. When Manson leapt ten feet from a sitting position to try to get at the judge do we really need a paragraph or two from Bugliosi conceding that this did not harm the prosecution's case?
Ok so the rest of it. His book is, like his prosecution work, immensely thorough and intellectually impressive, a masterpiece of combining factually accurate detail with concise and pacy writing. In other words you get the best of both worlds, all the excitement of a tightly written novel with the fascination of a compelling true story that is very easy to read and absorb. This is a wonderful read for any fan of real life crime and judicial history.
Oh, and the vanity. I don't think so. He does not claim much in the way of special skills or immense intellect. He is always at pains to point out how thorough his preparation is - because it needs to be - and the sometimes mind bogglingly huge ammounts of hours he puts into it. He is clear that he has had to graft for his extraordinary record. He certainly does take a strongly disapproving position on what he percieves as incompetance and laziness in many of the professionals he encounters in his work. And we should share his view of how poorly so many of our public servants at all levels perform, it is what makes our world not so great.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Teebs on 10 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
For those who enjoy true crime, this is one hell of a story. Manson is a terrible antihero who is iconic in history. The book is well and intelligently written and it is very interestingly told by a prosecutor who was able to play an important role in Manson's demise. The fact that the narrator had a personal stake in the outcome of the case makes a big difference from other books of the genre. The book misses out on five stars because the narrator is a little too vain from time to time. I had the impression that Manson's defence was so shambolic that a monkey could have successfully prosecuted him. This is not a point that the narrator takes into consideration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2015
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This true crime classic was published in 1974. The author, Victor Bugliosi, was Deputy District Attorney in L.A. and responsible for prosecuting the Tate-LaBianca murders. As this book was published a fairly short time after the actual events, it has a real immediacy, and Bugliosi's insider knowledge makes the reading experience extremely interesting.

The book opens with the murders, which are difficult to read about even after so long. On Saturday 9th August, 1969, screams and gunshots were heard from 10050 Cielo Drive. The bodies of actress Sharon Tate, heavily pregnant, Abigail Folger, heiress to a coffee fortune, Voytek Frykowski, a playboy, Jay Sebring, a celebrity hair stylist and Steve Parent, only eighteen, and caught up in events after visiting William Garretson, who lived in the nearby guest cottage to keep an eye on things for the owner of the house and care for his dogs, were discovered the next day by housekeeper Winifred Chapman. Garretson had not even heard the shots or screams reported by nearby neighbours, possibly as he was playing music loudly, although he did recall that the handle of his door was turned down, as though someone tried to enter the property. Luckily for him, he escaped further notice, although by sheer fact that he was nearby, he was considered the prime suspect at the time.

On Sunday 10th August, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca returned home to Los Angeles after visiting Rosemary's son in Lake Isabella. Dropping her daughter home, they picked up a newspaper from the stand and returned home. The next day their bodies were discovered when their son returned home and was concerned something was wrong at the house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Es on 12 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I must admit to having an appetite for true crime, serial killer and Mafia books so whilst searching Amazon for my next book, I came across Helter Skelter. I was quite young when this happened and wasn't really aware of anything other than the media reporting that Sharon Tate had been murdered so I decided to read up on it now.

Vincent Bugliosi is a brilliant author and it's one of those books you can't put down. You're led through the story as it unfolds from the bodies being discovered to the gathering of evidence and finally the trial. The police were unbelievably incompetent from not bothering to collect physical evidence - some of which was actually retrieved by journalists because the police didn't see it as a priority despite multiple requests - to failing to communicate between agencies and actually share information.

Bugliosi undertook what looked like an impossible task in gathering all of the evidence for the prosecution and tried not to leave any stone unturned. His attention to detail is remarkable. How he managed to sift through everything and put a book together after the trial beats me but luckily for the readers he did, and he did a great job.

It's hard to believe that Manson had such a hold over so many people, many of whom were young, bright, intelligent and from decent backgrounds but unfortunately succumbed to his will through their own vulnerabilities. I guess the endless supply of drugs and "free love" had a lot to do with it. Personally, I felt he was a real thorn in anyone's side and quite a despicable character. I wonder how many of us would have fallen under his "charm/spell" if we had been around him back then?

Whilst this really is a very easy to read, fascinating and thought-provoking book, we mustn't overlook the horror of the situation and the tragic losses for the families of the victims who fought so hard to survive.
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