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Helter Skelter

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.

Both Helter Skelter and Vincent Bugliosi's subsequent Till Death Us Do Part won Edgar Allan Poe Awards for best true-crime book of the year.

Author Notes
  Vincent Bugliosi has won Edgar Allan Poe Awards (for best true crime book of the year) for Helter Skelter as well as for Till Death Us Do Part. His most recent true crime books, And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O. J. Simpson Got Away with Murder, were both #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. Curt Gentry is the author of Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings and J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, among many others. He has won two Edgar Allan Poe Awards.
True Crime
Murder investigations
Murder trials
Murder witnesses
Criminal justice system
Crimes against humanity
SettingLos Angeles, California