Helter Skelter is the #1 best selling true crime book ever because of three things: It is the story of one of the highest profile murder cases in the world's history, even 30+ years after the fact, it is still an amazing and unique story, and finally, Vincent Bugliosi is a fabulous writer. Most books written by non-writers might tell a good story but not in a dramatic way that a true author otherwise might. Bugliosi has no problem doing that with his books.
I thought I had a pretty good idea of most everything that had happened during this whole ordeal that ended the era of "peace and love," but I didn't know the half of it. Bugliosi needs over 700 pages to vividly recount every second of what led up to the Manson murders and every detail of what was done to bring the killers to trial and put them away. This is without question the fastest and most intense 700 page book I've ever read (and I've read a few), and that can be credited to the sheer madness of this case and the brilliance of the deep-thinking, amazingly-talented prosecutor who closed the case and then wrote this book to tell everything about it.
This is a very scary true story about the Manson family. The murdered many people in cold blood...this is the story about how they were caught, tried, and convicted
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.