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copyright 1974; W.W. Norton & Company publishers, New York; larger hardbound in black and grey boards with gilt stamp lettering on spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket has minor edge wear; original owners sticker under front flap; original price on dust jacket is $10.00


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Helter Skelter (1974) is a book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson. The book presents his firsthand account of the cases of Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and other members of the self-described Manson Family. It is the best-selling true crime book in history.


The book recounts and assesses the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Charles Manson and his followers for the notorious 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, actress Sharon Tate, and several others.


The book takes its title from the apocalyptic race war that Manson believed would occur, which in turn took its name from the song "Helter Skelter" by The Beatles. Manson had been particularly fascinated by the Beatles' White Album, from which the song came.


Helter Skelter was first published in the United States in 1974 and became a bestseller. The book won the 1975 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book,[3] and was the basis for two television films, released in 1976 and 2004. At the time of Bugliosi's death in 2015, it had sold over seven million copies, making it the best-selling true crime book in history. The book was also the primary influence for the story line of the 2008 movie The Strangers.

HELTER SKELTER, The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

SKU: BS120
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