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Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders

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On August 9th 1969 Sharon Tate - the actress and wife of Roman Polanski - was brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home, along with her unborn son and four others. This text edtails the search for the killers, the sensational trials and the history to their 30 year imprisonment.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Barricade Books (first published 2000)
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On August 9th 1969 Sharon Tate - the actress and wife of Roman Polanski - was brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home, along with her unborn son and four others.

While I have listed this book as True Crime, it is really more a biography, it just happens to be the biography of a person who was horribly murdered.

The synopsis on Goodreads, besides having a typo in it says the book is about "the search for the killers, the sensational trials and the history to their 30 year imprisonment." It is t
Having read "Helter Skelter", I knew the background and facts of the Manson case and fortunately, this book wasn't just a rehashing of the events of August 9, 1969.
Yes, the murders are mentioned, in excruciating detail at the end of the book. I found the hair on the back of my neck standing up reading the minute by minute detail and can only imagine the horror the victims endured.
But the majority of the book is about Sharon Tate and her life as she lived it, not just how she died. While "Helte
Randal Bridges
This book is the first to actually give us more than a true crime expose. I liked it a lot except for two things. The superimposing of Manson's face on Sharon's chest for the dust jacket. I think having "The Manson Murders" in red would have caught the readers eye. Secondly, a death scene photo of Sharon was uncalled for. Sadly you can look up photos of Sharon on Google or Bing and come up with those unwanted images. King does a decent job but dedicates more pages to the murders than to Sharon's ...more
Joe  Noir
In my opinion, the best thing about this book is the author's ability to place the reader inside the house on Cielo Drive on the night of the murders.
There have been so many books written about the “Tate-LaBianca” Manson murders, most famously Helter Skelter. But these books seemed to focus on the actual murders and murderers, not upon the victims and who they were. What was Sharon Tate really like? Her husband, friends and family? Who was she really? And let’s not forget Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voyteck Frykowski, and Steven Parent? Leno and Rosemary LaBianca? They were people too with lives, loves, careers and families. This book leads ...more
Andrew Yorke
While there is some useful information on her childhood and the early years in Hollywood, the book unfortunately focuses too much on the staples of her legacy (i.e. her murder, and the convictions of the Manson family). If you're looking for a different perspective on her life, try another book.
I checked it out at the library 3 times until I managed to find a copy on eBay for 20 dollars. Being a huge Sharon Tate fan, I was pleased to find how much more insight the book gave Sharon as a person and not just a murder victim. This book follows her from the time she was a child, to her rise to stardom, marriage to Roman Polanski, then the last days of her life. I really recommend this book! It's a must for any Sharon fan. Be warned, though. There is a photo of Sharon in death in it.
On a si
Sharon Tate was so young when she was murdered -- only 26. Who was she? Her family and friends recall her as sweet and somewhat naive, but if you're looking to find out who she really was, this book doesn't really delve deep enough as biography. It spends 2/3 of its length on the Manson Family and the historic murders and does a good job of illustrating the mood of the world in 1969 as culture was shifting. Sharon becomes a personification of the innocence of youth (hers and the United States')t ...more
Marian Valentina joy
Although truely horrific , this is a piece of showbiz history. The beautiful, talented Sharon Tate - unloved and cast aside in her final days by her philandering husband, Roman Polanski, had her life cut short by twisted fate ..... The Manson 'Family' , sadly, ended up becoming infamous for their depravity whereas SharonTate and her unborn child became just another one of Charles Manson's victims. Graphically written - a compelling read.
Mj x
This is a definitive companion book to Vincent Buglioisi's Helter Skelter, revealing much information not included in the latter. More important, the tome lets not only Sharon Tate's wonderful character shine, but also her family's and the Labiancas', fighting against the Manson family's parole. May those scumbags never get out.
Debbie Wooten
About the grisly murders of several people near Beverly Hills by the Charles Manson Family. These people were mentally corrupt and stoned. I can't understand their reasoning and actions. Story told by Susan Atkins AKA Sadie Mae Glutz--family member. Gory.
Pohled na život Sharon Tate, Charlese Mansona a nejbrutálnější vraždu, jakou Hollywood pamatuje. Knihu jsem si půjčovala, abych aspoň trochu pochopila, proč se to stalo, ale nakonec zjišťuju, že vůbec nemam tucha a Manson je podělanej psychouš. :D
Jun 03, 2007 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people that study serial killers
I've read Helter Skelter countless times, but actually learned new things in this book. It's very good and gives a little insight behind the families of the victims.

Also some nice pictures I had never seen before.
Valerie Marshall
This book was interesting but failed to shed new light on any of the facts of the cases. It was well written and very readable. I expected, however, to learn previously unpublished particulars of the murders
Dec 27, 2008 christy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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not to be grody but this book has a pic of murdered pregnant sharon tate. i'd not seen that particular pic before.
Well done, gripping account of one of the worst crime sprees in American history.
Incredibly depressing but very well written!! Not for the weak of heart.
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Greg King (born 1964) is an American author, best known for his biographies of prominent historical figures.

He is the author of eleven internationally published works of royal and social history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and Edwardian-era royalty, including The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor. A frequent onscreen expert and
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