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James Donaldson’s Book Review – Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

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I was just a youngster those many years ago when the Tate-LaBianca murder trial took place in which Charles Manson and his followers were tried and convicted for the hellacious murders that they carried out during the killing spree that had such a grip on the nation at the time.

I only followed it from a distance, and of course all of the newspaper/magazine accounts of it during the day, plus followed up by numerous documentaries and movies made on the subject.

This book is absolutely fascinating and that the author, Vincent Bugliosi, who was the prosecuting attorney during the trial, takes us on a fascinating journey, trying to help us understand the mindset of both Charles Manson and his group of young followers.  He gives us good overview of Manson’s upbringing, but doesn’t place much blame on those things.  This was Manson, acting out acts of evil and having persuasive powers that created such a terror through thHelter Skeltere Los Angeles area, but shook the very nerve of the nation at the time.

I highly recommend this book both for those who know the story, and those who don’t.  Manson, and most of his group of followers, are still serving time with life sentences, but the Manson legacy continues to live on.

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