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  • Published: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787461185
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $28.00

Helter Skelter

The True Story of the Manson Murders

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The true story behind the most infamous mass murder case ever and its perpetrator, the notorious criminal Charles Manson.

The shocking true story of the Manson murders, revealed in this harrowing, often terrifying book. Helter Skelter won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in 1975 for Best Fact Crime Book.

On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles. America watched in fascinated horror as the killers were tried and convicted. But the real questions went unanswered. How did Manson make his 'family' kill for him? What made these young men and women kill again and again with no trace of remorse? Did the murders continue even after Manson's imprisonment?

No matter how much you think you know about this case, this book will still shock you. For decades, this has been the definitive account of the Manson murders.

  • Pub date: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787461185
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $28.00

About the Authors

Vincent Bugliosi

VINCENT T. BUGLIOSI received his law degree in 1964 from UCLA law school, where he was president of his graduating class. In his eight-year career as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, he tried close to 1,000 felony and misdemeanour court and jury trials. Of 106 felony trials, he lost but one case. His most famous trail was, of course, the Manson case, which became the basis of his best-selling book Helter Shelter. But even before the Manson case, in his television series “The D.A.,” actor Robert Conrad patterned his starring role after Bugliosi. His last nonfiction book, Till Death Do Us Part¸ was also a best seller. He died in June 2015 in Los Angeles.

Curt Gentry

Curt Gentry was an American author who is best known for co-authoring Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi.

He died in San Francisco aged 83 in 2014.

Praise for Helter Skelter

“The fullest story of the Manson case anybody ever is likely to get.”

Wall Street Journal

“Bugliosi… is a fiend for detail… you believe these things truly happened. It will appal you.”

Evening Standard

“A valuable book on a lurid subject...A record of savagery and official bungling.”


“Continuously fascinating .. .Bugliosi does not disappoint.”

New York Magazine

“A real-crime classic that should always be the first port of call for the subject”

Real Crime

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