I don't like Mr. Bugliosi's books normally. I have found other Manson Family accounts , such as "The Family" , to be much more informative and unbiased. You must remember that Mr. Bugliosi's account is biased as he was the prosecuting attorney. If you want a factual , unbiased account, I highly encourage you to read "The Family" as well. Not that I believe this was a peaceful group, lol, quite the contrary. If you are interested in Mason Family accounts, you have way more options other than Mr. Bugliosi's.
Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wrote this tale of true crime back in 1974 and even after 33 years, "Helter Skelter" remains a true crime classic. The book is over 700 pages and dissects not only the crimes, but also Charles Manson's background and the Family's various travels and journeys, including run-ins with the law prior to the infamous nights in question. The trial is also covered, which could be in excruciating detail for some.
Even with the glorification of violence today, "Helter Skelter" remains a true story that is so frightening because it could have happened anywhere, to anyone.
If you like true-crime books you must read this. This book is amazing as it tells the tale of how the Manson family was discovered to be, tried as, and convicted of being guilty of the Tate-La Bianca murders in California.
This book scared the crap out of me! I read it the summer after I left college when I still lived with my parents, but I was home alone the week I read it. I was so freaked out, I kept dreaming that Manson and his girls were coming to get me. I still have nightmares from time to time about it. It's a great book, but lock all your doors and make sure you're in a safe place when you read it.
This is a great book. Possibly the best true crime/trial book ive ever read, and I am a picky reader. Vincent Bugliosi is a wonderful writer. Not one part did I feel like I wanted to skim over or skip. He gives you so much information, but in a way thats easy to understand. Alot of books that have numerous key people are confusing, not this one. If you like true crime or trial books, (even more so if you have a Manson fascination), this is a MUST read.
I am enthralled with true crime, trying to understand how people can do the things they do, how they are eventually caught, etc. This is the absolute best true crime book I have ever read. It made my skin crawl to read about the actions of the Manson Family and made my heart break for the victims. There are no words to describe just how psychotic "the family" was as is evident not only in their crimes but in their actions at trial. A definite must-read for any true crime fan, even if you think you know all there is to know about the Manson Family.
Very interesting...the book describes the tangled web of the Manson family and Bugliosi's brilliant conviction. I was amazed at the complexity of the case and intrigued by the way Bugliosi pieced together small bits of information to solve one of the nation's most heinous and horrific crimes. I had a hard time putting this one down-even though parts of it scared me to death!
A well written account of the Manson Family killing spree.
For weeks I would find myself getting out of bed at night to double-check the door locks after reading of the random home invasions, tortures, and brutual killings at the hands of the "Family" in this book.
Bugliosi is a great prosecutor and a great author. His writing brought this case alive for me, as I wasn't around when it happened. I've always wondered about Manson's appeal to "The Family" and although I still don't quite see it, Bugloisi's fact-loaded count made it all come back to life for me. Surely there are other true crimes out there with a more modern appeal for this generation, but this classic should be read by anyone that is interested in them. It is, after all, the #1 BestSelling True Crime book ever!