The shocking true story of the Manson murders, revealed in this harrowing, often terrifying book. Helter Skelter won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in 1975 for Best Fact Crime Book.
On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles. America watched in fascinated horror as the killers were tried and convicted. But the real questions went unanswered. How did Manson make his 'family' kill for him? What made these young men and women kill again and again with no trace of remorse? Did the murders continue even after Manson's imprisonment?
No matter how much you think you know about this case, this book will still shock you.
Part Seven: Murder in the Wind
Three female members of the Manson family attempt to testify that they committed the murder without the aid of Charles Manson, prompting Manson himself to speak, martyring himself as the leader of what he calls 'wayward men'.
Manson’s attorney, Ronald Hughes, fails to appear at court. Had he been killed by the Family?
Part Eight: 'I am what you have made of me.'
Mr. and Mrs. America - you are wrong.
I am not the King of the Jews nor am I a hippie cult leader.
I am what you have made of me and the mad dog devil killer fiend leper is a reflection of your society...
Whatever the outcome of this madness...you can know this: In my mind's eye my thoughts light fires in your cities.
Statement issued by Charles Manson
During sentencing, Manson’s 'family' lie about their past lives and Manson’s influence on them, still hoping to clear his name. Despite a variety of defence witnesses being called to the stand, Manson is given the death penalty, which he follows up by making death threats to all those who prosecute him.
The concluding final chapter in the Manson murders trial.
Part Five: "Now is the time for Helter Skelter" - Charles Manson
Manson family member Linda Kasabian becomes a key witness for the case, recalling the night the murders were committed in detail. Charles Manson’s positioning as a Christ like figure for his followers is revealed in its full extent, as his followers treat the violence as a game.
This terrifying new part will delve into the case built around Charles Manson and the kind of man he truly was.
Part Six: The Official Trial Begins
The prosecution decides to pursue ‘vicarious liability’ via conspiracy, meaning that all who were involved in the conspiracy to commit murder can be charged. On trial, Manson proves to be surprisingly honest, though his ego and tendency to play word games with his own testimony is called into question.
Prosecution hints they will reveal a 'surprise motive'.
Key witness Linda Kasabian is called to testify.
Part Three: The Investigation - November 18 - December 31, 1969
Investigations into the 'Family' begin in earnest. Follow the detailed forensic account of the investigation; from witness statements to the questioning of the suspects and the examination of the compounds in Chatsworth and the surrounding Death Valley, California.
The quasi-religious devotion of the 'Family' to leader Charles Manson is revealed in the suspects' chilling statements, while a substantial amount of stolen vehicles and fire arms are discovered on the Manson property - a remote ranch in the Death Valley.
Part Four: The Search for the Motive
Why did the Manson family commit the murders?
How did Charles Manson convince his 'family' to kill for him? What was their connection to ‘Helter-Skelter’, a popular hit song by The Beatles? What was the end-of-the- world race war Manson believed would happen?
The gripping account of the Manson murders continues with this next instalment of the eight-part true story. Find out how as Manson’s influence as a counter-culture figure grows, the cultural influence and fascination with the Beatles are discovered.
Part Two: Meet the Killers.
Twenty-four members of a hippie cult known as the Manson family, led by ex-con Charles Manson, are arrested in connection with the murder of a music teacher Gary Hinman, killed on the same night in Hollywood.
Susan Atkins aka Crazy Sadie, is one of the imprisoned. Seemingly high and excited, she tells everyone in gruesome detail how they did it, and how they were going to unleash hell.
She reveals that the Manson family were also involved in the Cielo Drive murders, the horrifying place Sharon Tate Polanski and her friends were bludgeoned to death.
Vincent Bugliosi (Author)
VINCENT T. BUGLIOSI received his law degree in 1964 from UCLA law school, where he was president of his graduating class. In his eight-year career as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, he tried close to 1,000 felony and misdemeanour court and jury trials. Of 106 felony trials, he lost but one case. His most famous trail was, of course, the Manson case, which became the basis of his best-selling book Helter Shelter. But even before the Manson case, in his television series “The D.A.,” actor Robert Conrad patterned his starring role after Bugliosi. His last nonfiction book, Till Death Do Us Part¸ was also a best seller. He died in June 2015 in Los Angeles.
Curt Gentry (Author)
Curt Gentry was an American author who is best known for co-authoring Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi.
He died in San Francisco aged 83 in 2014.