Helter Skelter (book)
First edition of W. W. Norton & Co., 1974
|Author||Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry|
|Subject||Charles Manson and the "Manson Family"|
|Publisher||W. W. Norton & Company|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
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.
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.
The book takes its title from the apocalyptic race war that 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. The book won the 1975 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book, and was the basis for two television films, released in 1976 and 2004.
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.
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