Helter Skelter (book)

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Helter Skelter: The true story of the Manson murders
Helter Skelter Bugliosi 1st-ed-1974 WWNorton.jpg
First edition of W. W. Norton & Co., 1974
Author Vincent Bugliosi
Country United States
Language English
Subject Charles Manson and the "Manson Family"
Genre True crime
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
1974
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 502 pp
ISBN 9780393087000
OCLC 15164618

Helter Skelter (1974) is a true crime book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson. The book presents his firsthand account of the cases of Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and other members of the self-described Manson Family.

Description[edit]

The book recounts and assesses the investigation, arrest and prosecution of Charles Manson and his followers for the notorious 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, actress Sharon Tate and several others.[1]

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.[1] Manson had been particularly fascinated by the Beatles' White Album, from which the song came.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Helter Skelter was first published in the United States in 1974 and became a bestseller. The book won the 1975 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book,[2] and was the basis for two television films, released in 1976 and 2004.[3]

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.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rogers, Michael (November 17, 1974). "Manson Meets The Bug: Helter Skelter". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Alexander, S. L. (2004). Media and American Courts: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 170. ISBN 9781576079799. 
  3. ^ Mustazza, Leonard (2006). The Literary Filmography 1. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. 235. ISBN 9780786425037. 
  4. ^ Rotten, Ryan (August 1, 2007). "EXCL: Never Talk to Strangers". Crave Online. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Rotten, Ryan (May 26, 2008). "Interview: The Strangers' Bryan Bertino (Pt. 2)". Crave Online. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 

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