The gruesome murders of the beautiful and talented actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others that same night at the hands of the notorious “Manson family” rocked the nation. As one of the most horrific crimes in modern history, these atrocities, the trial, and the subsequent conviction of Charles Manson and his followers caused a media sensation, spawning movies, documentaries, and best-selling books, including the classic Helter Skelter. A defining moment in an era otherwise associated with radical peace, love, and understanding, this incident is one that still resonates with millions today.
Yet while this crime left an indelible mark on society’s consciousness, it was, first and foremost, a shattering personal tragedy for those closest to Sharon—the loving family left to cope with the emotional devastation of her loss. Now, after nearly 40 years, their story is finally revealed.
Compiled by close family friend Alisa Statman and Sharon’s niece, Brie Tate, Restless Souls draws on a wealth of material, including interviews with the Tates, personal letters, tape recordings, home movies, public interviews, private journals, and official documents to provide a powerful, poignant, and affecting four-decade, three-generation memoir of crime and punishment, anguish and hope, rage and love, that is both a chronicle of death and a celebration of life.
Extending beyond all previous accounts, Restless Souls is the most revealing, riveting, and emotionally raw account not just of these heinous murders, the hunt and capture of the killers, and the behind-the-scenes drama of their trials, but of the torment victims families' endure for years in the wake of such senseless violence.
Tate family members here set the record straight, correcting media misinformation and delving well beyond the official storyline to provide information, much of it available for the first time. Intimate, honest, and heartfelt, Restless Souls reveals remarkable details, including:
Told from the Tate’s extraordinary perspective Restless Souls offers a rare glimpse at the post-trauma survival of a family and their journey to find justice and, ultimately, peace—a glimpse that couldn’t be more timely as Charles Manson comes up for parole again in 2012.
©2012 Alisa Statman and Brie Tate (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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This book puts the focus back on the victims and the Tate family, instead of the murderers. The best parts of the book are by PJ Tate and his search for his daughters killers. I had no idea the amount of investigating he did with his friends.
You also learn more about the other victims, and their connection with Sharon. More than the other books I have read on the topic.
If you enjoyed Healter Skelter (in my opinion the best true crime book ever written), then you must listen to this book. It tells the story of the victims. It is the rest of the story.
I think the narrator did a good job.
Well, if I could cut Manson out Sharon Tate would still be alive.
This book captured my interest in the beginning, but then became about a moral battle against pornography and lost my interest.
I have. I have read much about these murders and the subsequent trials and parole hearings BUT I found it to be an eye-opener hearing it from the family's perspective. I shed a LOT of tears while listening to this book. SO glad I read it!!!
Doris Tate, PJ Tate, Patty Tate in that order
In Cold Blood
Narrators fits the story
I had always wanted to know more about this family and about the bunch who had perpetrated these horrendous crimes.
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