Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Yes, if the person could handle listening to the sections that describe the gore inflicted by Manson and his family.
Charles Manson's power over his family members, mostly young women, some even girls. Even after he was jailed awaiting his trial, he continued to dictate the actions of his faithful followers. Manson's story is also the story of the late '60s and early '70s entertainment industry and of the rich and famous. He told his family members the Beatles were communicating with him, particularly through their "White Album," which includes the song "Helter Skelter," this book's title. He and/or his family members crossed paths with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, producers Phil Kaufman and Gary Stromberg, Doris Day's son Terry Melcher, Angela Lansbury's daughter Deirdre Shaw, actress Sharon Tate (and, sadly, her unborn son ... Tate's husband director Roman Polanski was the father), heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist and actor Jay Sebring, among others. Years after the trials, one of Manson's few remaining faithful followers even engaged with President Gerald Ford in a bungled assassination attempt to renew the world's recognition of Manson's plight as a prisoner (and to protect the environment).
Despite the cruel acts of Manson and his family members, parts of the book -- particularly the courtroom antics of Manson, the other defendants, and family members who were not prosecuted -- were quite humorous, in hindsight, of course. I'm sure the judge and the revolving-door attorneys thought otherwise at the time.
Yes, but doing so would require too much time.
Do people know every book can't be a 5-star book or the ratings are meaningless? On any site! Same goes for Goodreads.
The devil is in the details. It's a long haul but "hard to put down" in literal book sense. Fathers, don't leave your daughters. That's a big thing I learned from this episode. And now there's Aquarius on NBC and many confused viewers since this all was before their time and way out of context.
Well written and easy to follow and understand. However, I do recommend obtaining the physical copy to help with names and places (which can only be expected with nonfiction). Other than that, I was very satisfied with the way Bugliosi and Gentry told the horrific story of the Manson Family.
I'd listen to Scott Brick narrate a traffic jam. He is one of my all time favorite narrators. Helter Skelter is a fascinating and terrifying story. Very well written, not too dense. Excellent audiobook.
I think the author is an excellent writer and does a great job explaining what can be dry at times Cortland information in a way that is enjoyable to read. Obviously the story told itself however he adds so much to it in the way that he passes on information and the level of detail.
Give this a shot it you enjoy history, crime, etc
This is one of my favorite books and I have read and re-read it multiple times. I am a voracious and precocious reader but due to my stroke am unable to read. Thank God for Audible!!!
Scott Brick was the perfect reader for this crime epic. I've forgotten how truly evil he was and the slavish devotion of his followers defied logic
Say something about yourself!
Though it is an interesting true story, the information presented in this book was so boring. It sounded like the narrator just read off of the police reports.
Incredibly dry, boring presentation of the book.
The trial of Manson and his followers took 7 months. Bugloss takes you down the crazy, dark passages of that twisted trial, and spares the most tedious details. Despite that, there were parts that felt like a slog.
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