Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
First published 1974
Genres: Nonfiction, Horror, Crime
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The true story behind the most infamous mass murder case ever and its perpetrator, the notorious criminal Charles Manson.
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.
Wow. Helter Skelter has been one of the most known murder cases ever, and this book was everything I desired!
This book has literally everything. Every detail and every single step of the way. It’s incredibly interesting and definitely CRAZY! I’ve always been interested in crime, it just fascinates me, especially to try to understand why, and how. And this book has everything in it you would need to understand the Manson’s case. How he did it, how he made other people kill for him, everything! It’s just incredible how he managed to make them so… monstrous?
Well, for once, everyone he brought into “The Family” was between the ages of 17 to 27. Meaning, easier to manipulate, plus he was pretty good in understanding people, and seeing what they needed/wanted. Which is why half of the people were young girls mainly with daddy issues… He actually managed to make them believe him, and change/turn them into people that would do anything for him, even kill, to the point of some of them even enjoying it? How far gone were those people?!
So basically The Mason case is what happens when you join a highly convincing and manipulative crazy person that thinks The Beatles are telling them what to do, with people that are young and with problems and easy to manipulate, and would believe anything said. He gave them a meaning to life, “freedom” – or what they thought was freedom, drugs, and sex. He gave them what they thought to want and so made them his puppets… I’m making the situation light, but it’s true, I do believe on some point they were all crazy. I mean you have to, to be able to kill someone just because, right?!
And yet with all this info, it’s still difficult to punt in our heads the “how (the hell is that possible)” right? At least, it is to me, I understand it, but it’s still crazy to believe that it can actually happen.
Bugliosi does an amazing job on laying out the evidence and explaining how things could have been different from what they were. This book is terribly well put together, it’s gripping and easy to understand. It actually contains photos of the family members, and from the Tate and LaBianca murders. It gives a more dark and realistic touch to the book if, like me, you lost the grip on reality because this really seems just like a nightmare and it’s hard to put in my head that it can happen, that it happened…
The crazy thing is that this can happen again and again and again. How many Mansons will this world see? Unfortunately, too many, because there are yet still people that think Mason was “a God” and was right to do what he did, so I guess that says it all…
This was a really interesting and dark book, that gripped me right from the first page and I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy crime-related books.
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!