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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (1974)

av Vincent BUGLIOSI

Andra författare: Curt Gentry, Charles MANSON (Associated Name)

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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 twentieth 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? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.… (mer)
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This book took me a while to read but not because I didn't like it, I just got really busy. I thought this was a really good true crime book. I have only read two others and they was [b:In Cold Blood|168642|In Cold Blood|Truman Capote|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1424931136s/168642.jpg|1940709] and [b:The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America|21996|The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America|Erik Larson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1312066724s/21996.jpg|3486041]. This book is fairly different. They do both share the qualities of reading sort of like fiction but in this book, since it is written by the prosecuting attorney, [a:Vincent Bugliosi|28828|Vincent Bugliosi|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1299068352p2/28828.jpg] , this one is a bit more clearly a nonfiction story. I did think it was very well written. It is very dramatic and quite gripping. The action starts almost immediately so it isn't hard to get into the story. It did feel slightly self-aggrandizing by Mr. Bugliosi at times. At some points, he would make it seem like he was the only one that could anything right. Yes, the police and other attorneys made some mistakes but they weren't horrible. There are also some ideas in this book surrounding things like drugs and mental health that make it easy to tell the story took place a while ago but that's pretty understandable. I do like the way the story was structured, in chronological order. I also think this book did a very good job taking a very long period of time and an incredibly lengthy trial and making it a length where you felt like you had all the details while reading the book but that it wasn't too drawn out and boring, because this definitely could have become a very dry read if it had been a little too long. I did think maybe the afterword was a little lengthy. I liked the parts where we got to hear about where the former were and what they were doing with their lives and some of the details about what happened legally immediately after the trial but some of the other more tangential details seemed like they were just there to add some length. I am certainly glad I read this book and I definitely think I'll read more true crime now. It's such a different style of true crime than the other two I had previously read and I think I prefer this more modern true crime a bit more. I've also always been really intrigued about cults which made this an even more fascinating read for me. This absolutely filled a craving for some interesting reads about grittier true crime and even though I had some small problems with it and it took me a while to finish it I did end up really loving it. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
I want to understand how cultures bind themselves together. Specifically, I'm interested in the tribulations that countercultures face in surviving over time, and why so many degrade into cults. This “true crime” story by the Manson Family prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi satisfied none of my curiosities. The only thing I gained was a sense of the normative understanding of the Tate-LaBianca murders and court proceedings. Very little about the Manson Family practices or beliefs were explored.

I’m not saying Manson is innocent, but I inherently distrust prosecutors and should have known better than to read a book by one. I hear that more recent histories of the Manson Family actually critique the “Helter Skelter” narrative as their starting point, so maybe I’ll be better equipped to read one of those someday if I care enough.

Not Recommended. ( )
  100sheets | Jun 7, 2021 |
3.5 stars

In 1969, Charles Manson and a few of his “family” committed multiple murders two nights in a row. Vincent Bugliosi was the DA who got them convicted and sentenced to death. This book looked at the murders, the investigation, and the trials.

I listened to the audio, and unfortunately, this ended up being an abridged version of the book. As I ask in all my reviews of abridged audios – why? Why not record the entire book? Anyway, I read this when I was in high school (a few decades ago!), and it wasn’t as creepy as I remember. I can’t say for sure if the abridged version was the reason for that, but in part, I’m certain not seeing the photos was part of that. Charles Manson was a creepy creepy looking man. Since this was abridged, I still want to reread the entire thing. Overall, it appeared that the abridgement was done fairly well, though I’d much rather read the entire book. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 8, 2021 |
Helter Skelter is, in many ways, the gold standard for true crime.

Vincent Bugliosi worked the murder cases from the start, relentlessly investigating, then prosecuting. With this book, he provides one of the most intimate accounts of a criminal case ever published.

This book is heavy on details, but I found it all fascinating. Because this is written by a contemporary of the times, rather than by someone researching a crime from an earlier period, the emotions and experiences feel as tense and urgent as if this case were current. Through his writing, Bugliosi provides tremendous behind-the-scenes insight into the police investigation and drawn-out court proceedings.

Manson often claimed that, because he was brought up in the system, society, by default, created him. While this in no way excuses him, it does make for an interesting launching point in discussing our punitive system, particularly in how we treat our youth, which has changed little over the ensuing decades. ( )
  Darcia | Nov 22, 2020 |
Possibly because I read a more "conspiracy" oriented book about the Manson Family shortly before I read this one, but I felt there were some unanswered questions at the end of this book. Charles Manson and his family are obviously 100% guilty but there are several points where parole officers, judges and police are downright incompetent that are just glossed over. I understand that mistakes get made in the justice system but surely this many people making this many mistakes would have been an issue?! That said, it was an interesting (if sometimes unsettling) read and I see how it kickstarted the true crime genre. ( )
  Jthierer | Jun 29, 2020 |
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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 twentieth 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? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.

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