Helter Skelter (book)
|Helter Skelter: The true story of the Manson murders|
First edition of W. W. Norton & Co., 1974
|Subject||Charles Manson and the "Manson Family"|
|Publisher||W. W. Norton & Company|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
The subject of the book is the 1969 Manson Family murders and Bugliosi's own interpretation of the prosecution of Charles Manson and his followers. It is considered by crime experts to be the definitive work on the subject.
The book takes its title from the apocalyptic race war which Manson believed would occur, which in turn took its name from "Helter Skelter" by The Beatles. Manson had been particularly fascinated by the Beatles' White Album, from which the song came.
Reception and legacy
Helter Skelter was first published in the United States in 1974 and became a bestseller. Helter Skelter won a 1975 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book and was the basis for two television films, released in 1976 and 2004.
In popular culture
According to the director of the 2008 movie The Strangers, this book was the main influence for the story line of the movie, contrary to any other stories that have been posted around the Internet since the film's release.