Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Challenge - Book #31 - Helter Skelter

We have had company for a week, so I have been slow reading this month!

This review is for Helter Skelter
Author: Vincent Bugliosi
Pages: 689

This story is the true story of the Manson Murders.  In 1969, Manson's "family" killed 14 people - seemingly at random.  Among them was Sharon Tate, who - at the time - was an up and coming actress in Hollywood.  The author of this book was the prosecuting attorney for the trial.  The book is how Bugliosi built a case, his interviews with members of the Manson "family" and suspects in the murders.  The book is a very detailed recount of the interviews and the trials that followed.

This was a good book.  I was unaware of exactly what Manson had done (meaning whom he had murdered), so I was intrigued to learn the details.  The book brings to light Manson's delusions and how he conned his many followers into believing he was Jesus Christ.  

I did find some of the book dry - especially surrounding the trial.  I guess it is to be expected when recounting details - it felt a little tedious.  But for the most part, the book was well written.

Stars: 3

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