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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840183705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840183702
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 2001
Format: Paperback
Greg King has delivered an intelligent, moving and exceptionally well-detailed book that begins as a biography of the beautiful actress and then proceeds to examine the beginnings of Manson's cult, and how both stories eventually, horribly coincided. The book is a powerful and totally readable reminder of how appalling and tragic these killings were, something that seems to be easily forgotten in other accounts of this story which are almost always focused on Manson. If you are interested in this case, or in finding out more about Sharon Tate besides the fact that she became a murder victim, then you simply cannot be without this terrific book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Greg King seemed to contact and read everything and everyone conected to this most famous of celebrity murders. He gives you the back ground of all the key players from Manson himself to the comparisons between Polanski's violent films and his troubled wife's bitter murder. If you have read anything else on the Charles Manson murders then this book will fill in all of the gaps and answer all of those nagging questions that no one else seemed able to answer. The best tru life account of Sharon Tate and Charles Manson. At least a 5 star book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most compelling stories ever. I felt I knew so much about Sharon Tate after reading this book and she surely deserves this well written biography. I think Greg King has done justice not only to Sharon and the other victims but also to the Tate family for their tireless campaign to keep Manson and his "Family" where they belong, behind bars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on 4 May 2001
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Like many people I had heard of these murders, yet never knew the full story. I decided to read the book also being a fan of Roman Polanski. The book starts with a history of Sharon Tate, her life in Italy then her eventual move to California to become an actress. She comes across as being a very honest and sweet-natured person. The book moves on the Manson Family and the horrific murders. The book is well written giving you a sense of the time and place. The novel has obviously been well researched and gives the complete story of Sharon, the murders, and the aftermath. I would definitely reccomend this book, as the author also skillfully manages to avoid sensationalism.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Sharon Tate was more than just a victim! 2 Sep 2003
By Eddy Matten - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Watching the few films Sharon Tate made I could see that the possiblity of so much more was apparent. Especially her role in the Matt Helm flick "The Wrecking Crew" opposite Dean Martin. Although after her murder none of it seemed to matter and Sharon as a person and actress was outshined by the gory murders that took her and her child's and friends' lives.
Now finally Greg King has given us Sharon Tate and The Manson Murders. And Sharon as a person comes through. Most people really knew very little of her outside of the Manson/crimes. So I give King credit for taking her too short life and writing a fine book on this the most beautiful woman ever. I too must agree though that the typo's throughout are disturbing and I too would have liked to have seen more photos of Sharon herself. The inclusion of the death photo though at once seems a bit sensationlistic, it lends the reader a view of just what actually happened to Miss Tate et al.
A book on Sharon' life has long been overdue and I hope if this one is updated or another is published it will spend more time quoting from the long list of Hollywood elite friends of the actress'.
All in all this is a book to purchase and read for anyone who has ever been interested in Sharon Tate as a person more than just a victim of Manson's Family!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Sharon Tate remembered 29 Mar 2001
By C.H. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Long overdue but well written biography on Sharon Tate. Even though Sharon was well known in her Hollywood and London circles, the rest of the world never really "knew" her until her death. This book writes about her as a person and emphasizes her life, rather than simply reducing her to "that Manson Family victim". The book covers her entire life, as well as going into detail about her relationships with Jay Sebring and Roman Polanski. It's sad to read about Polanski's (emotional) mistreatment of her while gentle and loving Jay Sebring is off on the periphery, pining for his lost love until the end. We're also given more back story on victims Voyteck Frykowski, Abigail Folger, and Steven Parent, as well as Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Leno's former wife Alice and Steven Parent's sister Janet have come forward after years of silence to share their memories as well as their outrage over the convicted killers' parole bids. The book also covers the lives of the murderers, before and after their convictions. Unlike Charles Manson and Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Pat Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houton have made progress in prison, although it's pretty unlikely that they will be paroled anytime soon. Sharon's mother and sister became powerful victims rights advocates in the 1980's, and you can't help but to feel their pain. The vivid retelling of the two nights of murder may be upsetting to some readers, but what I remember most about the book is the relationship between Sharon and Jay, the starry-eyed girl from Texas who wanted fame, and the lonely hair stylist who wanted her love.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Well researched, and extremely disturbing. 27 Jun 2000
By Eileen Grimes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've found Sharon Tate fascinating ever since Valley of the Dolls. When she was murdered in 1969, I, like so many others, were horrified when she was murdered in the manner she was. I found that I couldn't get enough information on this whole incident.
I ordered this book as soon as I knew it was available, and I was pleased, overall, and impressed with Greg's extensive research and new view into this terrible incident in our history. I hadn't realized that Manson and some other followers had returned to the Tate residence after the murders were committed, and was absolutely mortified that they had planned on doing more damage there. Just reading that the bodies were carried out to the front porch and then later, put back was something that made my skin crawl.
After all is said and done, and reading this in one sitting - yes its a page turner - I realized that I had had enough of reading about this whole incident. Sometimes one's search for truth in such a bizarre instance in history can lead one down paths they wish they had never gone down. Frankly, after seeing the death pictures on the internet, and now, in this book, of Sharon (yes there's one picture of her, in death in this book), I just would rather remember this beautiful woman the way she was, in life. Her life was interesting, from the perspective of how someone with great beauty isn't always extremely well-adjusted or happy. Having the outside not match the inside must have created enormous inner conflict within herself. She seemed to accept life and its roughness, but deep down she was a sensitive soul that just didn't wish to make waves with those she loved, probably out of the enormous fear of not being loved and accepted. In psychological terms, we would say, in today's language, that she had a huge fear of abandonment. I kept thinking, what if she had developed spiritually, and stopped looking in the directions she looked in for satisfaction. There was a fatalism about her attitudes towards life - she had experiences that seemed to validate this. My sense is that she might have known she wasn't going to live very long. Her last interview seemed to bear this out - she stated she was a victim of fate, and that she never knew which direction life would lead her in.
Often times our cultural icons don't live long- which in a very obscure way, she was. This incident in history was a major turning point, and a disillusionment for many, given our ways of living back then. All that peace and love had just ended with reality smacking society in the face.
My criticisms for this book which lead me to give this 3 stars, is that there was a lot of repetitive information from other sources in this book, as well as a poor editing job - there were many typos, and misspellings. My last concern was with the fascination of the morbid side of this crime - I really didn't want to see her death picture again, or know how Sharon had a slight smile on her face in death, which seemed to fly in the face of the violent manner of her death. It took me many hours to shake off this feeling after reading this book - a similar feeling I had when I first saw Sharon's death photos. I don't want to go there again - I just want to remember this beautiful soul the way she was.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
an Angel killed by followers of Satan 18 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Greg King brings the horrors of August 9, 1969 into your living room. First of all he gives the best biography of Sharon Tate that has ever been written. It was only over 100 pages, but I haven't seen a more detailed account of her life. She not only had outward beauty, but inward beauty.
Even though I've read Helter Skelter and other books 10 years ago, this book tells more about the victims than the animals who killed them. It's over 300 pages, but the first 116 pages deals with Sharon Tate. No book has ever done that.
As a former prison guard, I'm repulsed how the murderers have abused the system and profited from their crimes. Many poor people who haven't commited any crimes haven't been able to get college degrees in this society. All of the killers have received degrees in prison.
Greg King has shown us new material concerning the Manson killings. The victims were killed for no reason, the murderers returned to the scene of the crime, and afterwards the Press slandered the victims because they didn't have any story to tell. In his book he described that Manson and some of the murderers returned to the scene of the crime only a few hours later. This is true. Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring had type O blood. Neither of them made it out of the living room. The LAPD found on the porch type O blood in large pools. The other 3 victims had type B blood. Manson and the killers were going to hang Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring on the porch and mutilate them even more. They carried the bodies to the porch and got into a big argumnent. To see Sharon Tate's body in the book was bad enough, but it could have been worse. After the arguement they placed the bodies back where they had fallen because daylight was fast approaching. The LAPD Tate Homicide Report (on the web in 33 pages), states in detail the blood drops, the areas of the blood, the place and direciton of the bodies and that Sharon Tate's and Jay Sebrings' bodies were moved after they were killed. In the LAPD report Tate's neighbors stated they heard an arguement from the Tate house at 4:00 AM. This was several hours after the last victim, Sharon Tate had died. This supports King's statements that the murderers returned to the Tate house and moved the bodies.
My only faults with this book are the cover and the photographs. The cover shows a picture of Sharon Tate and a diffused picture of Manson on her chest. He shouldn't have been on the cover. He's had 35 years of press coverage. Enough is enough! The other faults are the numerous photos of Manson and his killers. There have been thousands of photos of Sharon Tate taken. King chose only a couple of pictures of her and the rest were of Manson and his worthless family. I also think that the terrible death photo of her should have been left out. Even though it shows what Charles "Tex" Watson and Susan Atkins did to her in those horrible last moments of her life, Sharon Tate should be remembered for her life and not because she was a victim of the most horrible crime that has ever occurred in U.S. history.
Greg King has shown us new insight into Sharon Tate's history and the horrible murders. He's done a lot of research of her life. I only wish the book would have had more information about her. From what King has found about her, she was truly an angel.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Angel and the Badman 23 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sad, sad, sad. The tragedy of the story told here permeates every page and picture. Because of the notorious nature of the Manson Family crimes, any literature on their exploits courts sensationalism and, on the surface, King's book is no exception. Who would want to read about this stuff? What would be the point? Looked at in that way, this could be considered a trashy rip-off. It's hardly that. This is the first volume to give faces and identities to the victims of these crimes, and specifically to Sharon Tate. Given the cultish aura the Manson Family has attracted over the years, one welcomes the opportunity to view the tragedy in terms of the victims and their families, which King does in almost obsessive fashion. Sharon Tate emerges here as sweet, somewhat innocent, but always good-hearted and a gentle, loving person. Rather than the notorious 60s swinger the press made her out to be in the aftermath of the murders, she comes across as a woman of integrity and substance. Her devotion to her unborn child is both touching and sad, in light of what happened to them both, but she is the heroine here without doubt. The other heroines of the book are her mother, Doris, and her younger sister, Patti, both of whom crusaded for victim's rights and Sharon's memory until their own deaths. Of course, no review of this book can ignore the included death photos of Sharon and Jay Sebring. An easy mark for the accusation of "sensationalistic", these photos actually reinforce both the brutality and the tragedy of these crimes as no words ever could. The photo of Sharon in death is truly heartbreaking, and viewing it makes the murder itself as incomprehensible as King likely intended. It makes its point. The ultimate message of this book is that no one has the right to take a human life. Those who do are making a choice about their own needs while indiscriminately disregarding that their victims have needs and rights as well. This is a sad, tragic, but finally noble story about how love of another human being cannot be destroyed, no matter how monstrous the perpetrator. A timely story indeed.
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