Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi review
A very good book. The lead author was the prosecutor in the trial against Manson and three of his girls: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. That is, he knows the trial firsthand.
I really didn’t know of the existence of this book until I started reading “Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties” by Tom O’Neill. Since in the prologue he devotes himself to criticizing Bugliosi, calling him a liar and accusing him of distorting the story, I decided to read this one first to find out what O’Neill was talking about. You’ll read the result in my review of it.
Helter Skelter is really good. It begins with the murders and narrates everything neatly: the murders, the first investigations, the mistakes of the police, the fruitless lines of inquiry, the discovery of the killers, his own investigations with the taking of statements, and, finally, the development of the trial. The backgrounds of the protagonists and of himself are brief but detailed.
Necessarily, due to the limitations of a publication, many things are discussed as briefly as possible but very clearly. And I guess there’s a lot of other things that don’t appear in the book. I imagine that if he’d recorded absolutely everything, we’d be looking at a work of the scale of an encyclopedia.
In short: it’s very interesting, it hooks you and it’s very clear. Ideal for those who have no idea of the case because they will know it perfectly by the end.