Born in 1975 I only had a vague concept of what these murders involved. Now I feel like I have a good idea. Next time I see some kid with a Manson shirt I might just hit him.
Well written in a unique perspective. The lawyer who tried the case. It came across a little arrogant on the author's part but he clearly announces the facts from "conjecture".
Although it would be a bit weird to recommend a book on the Manson murders, if anyone wanted to know this is a great resource. It can be a little hard to follow with so many names being mentioned but they start to click after a little while.
Helter Skelter seen though the eyes of the man who was able to stop it.
I read this book a hundred years ago and I truly enjoyed listening to it. Good story and great reader.
Story was a eye opener never new the story untill now manson was one sick puppy along with his followers.
This murder took place when I was in high school. It brings back memories of what times were like in the 60s, but this audiobook brought out so many details I was not aware of. I never knew what the title meant or what Manson's goal was. Fascinating book, listened to mostly in 4 days worth of driving. Scott Brick is wonderful as narrator. It is long, but every bit of the story holds your interest as you begin to realize how close Manson's dream came to reality.
This is a great true crime book and is very effective as an audiobook. Although not unbearably scary, I found it very creepy. The murders are gruesome and Manson and the family members are truly frightening. The narration of the investigation and the trial are very detailed and fascinating. I agree with most of the other reviewers that Scott Brick does a very good job. Though long, the book never drags. Simon Vance is my favorite narrator, but Scott Brick is a close second. Highly recommended.
Author of Cutting Teeth, a novel (St. Martin's Press, 2014)
I was surprised by how much I was engaged by this book. Bugliosi must be THE world's best lawyer turned author. Really, an amazing writer.
It took me a little while to get used to the true crime format. I listen to a LOT of suspense novels from the likes of John Sandford, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, etc.. so, it took me some time to get used to the idea that I wasn't going to be listening to much conversation or following a specific plot line. That being said, I DID get used to it because the story is interesting.
I was only two when all of this happened, so, obviously, I wasn't in the midst of the headlines and fear that came with this story when it hit. As a young person, I remember hearing stories about Manson and his crazy family, but I never really got all the details. I certainly have them now, and I'm astounded by what I learned.
Manson seems to me to be the ultimate manipulator. The scariest part of this is what he could've done had he not been caught. His ability to convince people to do what he wanted was something he honed over many years, and I think he was just reaching his peak. Some of the transcripts of what he said to Bugliosi and others shed some light for me on how he could be so convincing... he used a lot of actual truth in his arguments. The idea of children as garbage to be thrown away is true.. too many people do that to their kids for crazy reasons. It was also true that he took them in.. yes, he took them in to manipulate them and control them.. but he still took them in. This is what makes him so scary.
For anyone who has ever wondered how or why something like this could happen (and could possibly happen again), I would highly recommend this book. It's the most inside look you could ever have without having been a part of the investigation yourselves.
This is Vincent Bugliosi at his finest. He leaves no stone unturned as he investigates the Manson family murders. I found myself suffering with him as he pleads with the inept police detectives to try and make some sort of effort in investigating these murders. I felt like I came to know these people as I was transported back to 1969. These were evil people and yet Bugliosi made me feel sympathetic towards some of them not for what they did but for who they were, a bunch of unwanted, unloved children who fell under the control of Manson. Scott Brick made this story come alive with his brilliant narration. Bugliosi is in my opinion the finest prosecutor ever. He always makes a convincing argument and backs it up with an abundance of facts and evidence. I will listen to this book many, many times.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is a really good book. The police departments all over the world should be required to read it and learn about how not to share info and work together to solve a murder. I had to stop listening a couple of time because I was so angry at the police in this book. There was NO excuse for the way they failed to work with each other on sharing leads. Thank God they were convicted anyway. The narrator is boring. He has no expression in his voice.