Helter Skelter Library Binding – 1 Oct 1999
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One of the best crime stories ever written.
One of the best crime stories ever written. " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The true story behind the most infamous mass murder case ever and its perpetrator, the notorious criminal Charles Manson. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
The crimes, which rocked America in the late 60's and early 70's, are truly horrific. Bugliosi does not shy away from revealing the cold, callous and detached nature of each defendant; none of whom show the slightest remorse for their barbaric actions. Neither too are we sheltered from the abundant stabbings, shootings, hangings, and mutilations. There are ample official statements, legal examinations, cross-examinations and personal conversations to satisfy even the most curious. The reader's inclusion 'in the court' so to speak, might for some readers prove too much, but by a combination of thoroughness, attention to detail and style the author takes us into the bizarre world of Charles Manson.Read more ›
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This is a fascinating subject and written by someone with first hand knowledge of the case, having presented it at court. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rebecca
I read this book back in 2011.The book is basically a running commentary of the events that took place back in 1969,in Los Angeles. Read morePublished 22 days ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
A good book but a bit too many people in the story to keep me interested. I've had to leave it for a while but I will go back to it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book captivating insight into the Manson murders every detail you needed the court chapters are intense and on occasion repetitive but insightful if interested in this I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by reviewing:)
Couldn't put this book down. Brilliantly written, insightful and riveting from the first page to the last. A must read!Published 4 months ago by Sara