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
The way the story was written and read.
When the Tate family was able to see justice done and the fact that they continued to
seek justice until they passed away. and their family is still continuing to seek it to this day
The title fits perfectly
This may be the best audio book I have read yet. The story is well told and the narrators
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
This was an infamous crime, at last we have the story from the family most impacted by this tragedy.
This family suffered the double blow of losing their daughter, and then having their daughter's reputation trashed by the press. As though the victims were somehow responsible for their fate.
It was a personal heartfelt account about the impact of crime, and its devastating effect on a family's life, long after the crime was committed. This courageous family overcame their loss and grief to confront the very perpetrators of this crime, to ensure they would not be released back into the community. A courageous act in itself given how many members of the
There were various narrators on this book, each representing a member of the Tate family.
They did a marvellous job.
Finding meaning and courage in the face of tragedy.
I feel for the Tate family who today still have to attend the parole hearings of these criminals to ensure they remain in prison. Each time having to relive the nightmare of this crime.
I've become obsessed with the entire Manson nightmare, I've listened to other books on the murders and I feel this one gives it more of a human side to the them...
If anyone is at all interested in the insane nightmares that took place in August of 69
this is a MUST read !!
I liked Patty, I liked hearing how she became stronger and stronger throughout her life to once and for all face the animals that took her sisters life
Have not heard others
It made me happy that this family is making sure the monsters that committed these crimes are staying right where they belong,.. In Prison suffering for the rest of their worthless lives
Very good book !!
Sad, Compelling, Touching
When you hear how much the survivors had to stick up for their point of views
The story of the pursuit for truth
Its amazing what you find out in a backstory. It took along time for this side of the story to come out but the facts revealed are both frightening and sad.
I know I'm going to get brutalized by other reviewers, but I really felt that PJ Tate comes across in this book like an insufferable and arrogant blowhard. And he joins the multitude of others who have claimed over the years that they "really" solved the case and put the police on Manson's trail. I'm hoping this view of him is due to the editing of his memoirs and that he was actually not this arrogant and egotistical. His narrative and character sounds like it was written by James M. Cain, and not in a good way.
This book is a must-read, of course, to anyone interested in the Manson murders. It certainly gives the Tate family's view of the victims, the crimes, and the killers. It would be nice though if more people, including the Tates, remembered that there were more victims than just Sharon and those in her home that night.
Why ever would I do that?
A stand-up comedian poking fun at a great American tragedy.
Perhaps a comic book or the announcement of their firings.
With respectful, serious readers who gave a damn about this great American tragedy - or who could at least fake the respect to which these victims and families are entitled. How dare they have gleeful tones.
All scenes read by these "happy" narrators. I don't expect doom and gloom but let's tone down the implied giggles.
Wish I could have continued this factual book as I felt the content was very interesting and credible.
Tried to ignore the narrators as the book went along, but the glee made me complacent in "enjoying" the destruction of innocent lives and the heartbreak of their families and many friends.
Seems to me the family must have been led astray as to the choosing of the narrators. How dare the narrators "enjoy" this reading. One of this century's most horrific and sad crimes SHOULD NOT be read as though one was skipping down the yellow brick road with Dorothy.
I liked the way that the story was primarily about the Tate family victimized by the Charles Mason family. I also enjoyed the story being told in the voices of Patti Tate (Sharon Tate's sister); her mother Doris Tate; and Patti's daughter Brie.
The story helped me to learn about what life was like for them after Sharon Tate’s murder by Charles “Tex” Watson. I was glad to learn that Doris Tate became a strong advocate for the rights of victims. She also crusaded to keep Sharon's killers in prison at all costs.
In addition, I liked what Brie Tate (Patti Tate’s daughter) said in the last chapter:
"Sorrow may seem a pitiful emotion, yet I am blessed by it. For it has left me a legacy of love, determination, and courage handed down by my mother and my grandparents before her. They taught me that we learn our greatest lessons through hardship. And through that hardship, they taught me not about fear and retribution, but about giving."
It is an interesting, moving and heartbreaking story. I would highly recommend it.
I have read just about every book on this case. This book gives the family's point of view. It was performed exceptionaly well, with different people reading different roles in the book. The information and details were, as expected, sad yet intriguing. A definite choice for true crime readers.
Although I knew the story it was so interesting to hear from the family. I was swept up in the emotions and memories. It brought it back and broke my heart for those that lived through it.
I remember the headlines about the Tate-LaBianca murders yet a listen to this book shows me how much I've forgotten or never knew. To read how this crime devastated the family is sad and moving; to read of the way their lives must revolve around the endless probation process is frustrating.
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