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Summary and Analysis of Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders: Based on the Book by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

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Summary and Analysis of Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders: Based on the Book by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

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50 pagine
33 minuti
Pubblicato:
Jan 10, 2017
ISBN:
9781504043557
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The best selling true crime book, Helter Skelter, invites readers into the dark, murderous world of the Manson family. Profiling the murders committed by them, including Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and Sharon Tate, in meticulous detail, and covering the sensational trial that brought their family to justice, Vincent Bugliosi gives an inside look at what really happened during one of the most famous criminal cases of all time.

Summary and Analysis of Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders: Based on the Book by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry by Worth books provides a brief overview of Helter Skelter. Whether you're too busy to read the full book, or you need a companion piece to help you understand it, this guide has you covered.

Understand the historical context, read a section-by-section overview, dive into an analysis of the characters, unlock fascinating trivia, and follow a detailed timeline of events with this useful summary.

Pubblicato:
Jan 10, 2017
ISBN:
9781504043557
Formato:
Libro

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Contents

Context

Overview

Summary

Timeline

Cast of Characters

Direct Quotes and Analysis

Trivia

What’s That Word?

Critical Response

About Vincent Bugliosi

For Your Information

Bibliography

Copyright

Context

Vincent Bugliosi published Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders in 1974, three years after the conviction of the Manson Family. The nine murders they committed were a major news story, and Bugliosi—a lead prosecutor—had become a celebrity in his own right. The book was an instant bestseller. Bugliosi’s insider perspective of the crimes, investigation, and trial were in high demand, and Helter Skelter set the standard for the true-crime genre.

The Manson Family’s depravity is often seen as the symbolic end of the freewheeling decadence of the 1960s, the inevitable crash after a decade-long party. Charles Manson was a petty con man and drifter until he moved to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in 1967, where he observed the hippie culture and began picking up followers, mostly teenage runaways and prostitutes. Many hippies lived in communes, or communal living spaces centered around a quasi-socialist ideology of sharing work and resources. Charlie and his early disciples established their base at Spahn Ranch, an old movie set for Westerns in the Simi Hills of Los Angeles.

As the Manson Family grew closer, Charlie used his charisma and political rhetoric to indoctrinate his followers, ultimately convincing them to fulfill his diabolical plan of instigating a race war through murder. The fame of the victims made the murders even more shocking: Sharon Tate, a well-known actress married to director Roman Polanski who was pregnant with his child; heiress Abigail Folger (of Folgers Coffee) and her boyfriend; and Jay Sebring, a hairdresser to the stars in Hollywood. Furthermore, Dennis Wilson, the drummer of the Beach Boys, had spent time with Manson and the Family.

The murders committed by the Manson Family would have interesting reverberations just around the historical corner. Patty Hearst was abducted in 1974, three years after the Family’s convictions, and in 1978, cult leader Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple convinced more than nine hundred of his followers to drink poison. These events shaped our current understanding of brainwashing and cult mentality.

Where are they now? Charles Manson remains in prison, as do most of the other Family members. In 2014, it was reported that Manson was engaged to a twenty-six-year-old woman, although the relationship fizzled out. He is up for

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