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Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
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Jul 19, 12

bookshelves: scum-novel

Perhaps one of the most overrated works ever created.

Bugliosi spends the majority of this text leaving the reader lurid, overtly grotesque descriptions of a psychopath and his victims, completely glossing over the facts of the case (for which, amusingly, the author was put on trial shortly after the case ended, another hidden gem of wisdom nobody seems to remember!)

He ignores the evidence from the first crime scene which contradicted his prosecutions case- ignoring police reports that clearly showed drinks had been offered to the Tex Watson/Susan Atkins crowd when they arrived at Cielo Drive.

He also ignored witness reports that the first scene's events lasted for hours, claiming in court that they happened over about a 20 minute period.

To tell the truth the entire fomentation of the Helter Skelter hypothesis is so fairytale-like that only a severely educationally stunted individual would have trouble seeing right through it- for instance, noting that the author claims part of the motive was revenge on Terry Melcher for stiffing Charles Manson on a record deal (that Melcher, who Manson thought still lived at this address, was the actual intended target.) Bugliosi fails to explain two things- first, that if Melcher was the target, the idea of Helter Skelter as a motive makes no sense because a motive already exists, and secondly, why do we have fairly reliable evidence that Tex Watson was partying with Melcher at his new address in the weeks before the murders?

For all these unanswered questions and more, this entire book seems like more of an attempt to get rich than to actually talk about the reality of the case. Far more reliable research has already been done by Nikolas Schreck for "Manson File, Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman" or Merrynick's "Manson Now."

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Kaitlin What was he put on trial for?

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