Hunting Charles Manson

Hunting Charles Manson

The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter

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Thomas Nelson
New York Times bestselling author and former federal prosecutor Lis Wiehl uses new research and first-hand interviews to tell the heart-pounding story of Charles Manson’s horrific crimes, the painstaking investigation that followed, and the inspired prosecution that put him away.

"Hunting Charles Manson the best true crime book you will ever read....Lock your doors, keep the night lights on, and read this book." - Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling crime novelist

In the late summer of 1969, the nation was transfixed by a series of gruesome murders in the hills of Los Angeles. Newspapers and television programs detailed the brutal slayings of a beautiful actress--twenty six years old and eight months pregnant with her first child--as well as a hair stylist, an heiress, a businessman, and other victims. The City of Angels was plunged into a nightmare of fear and dread. In the weeks and months that followed, law enforcement faced intense pressure to solve crimes that seemed to have no connection.

Finally, after months of dead-ends, false leads, and near-misses, Charles Manson and members of his "family" were arrested. The bewildering trials that followed once again captured the nation and forever secured Manson as a byword for the evil that men do.

Drawing upon deep archival research and exclusive personal interviews--including unique access to Manson Family parole hearings--former federal prosecutor and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl has written a propulsive, page-turning historical thriller of the crimes and manhunt that mesmerized the nation. And in the process, she reveals how the social and political context that gave rise to Manson is eerily similar to our own.

Baker & Taylor
Recounts the life of Charles Manson, describing his troubled past, his formation of a group of dedicated followers, the murder spree that resulted from his orders, intense investigation by law enforcement, final capture, homicide trial, and imprisonment.

Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, Nelson Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780718092085
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 WIE
Characteristics: xv, 319 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Rother, Caitlin - Author


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Jun 19, 2019

For the most part, this is just a condensed, lesser version of Vincent Bugliosi's definitive and highly superior work on the Manson case, "Helter Skelter," incorporating bits and pieces of the other Family members' books on the topic. Of most interest are the "where are they now?" chapters, which discuss what eventually happened in ensuing years to key family members as well as Manson, but felt incomplete: (e.g. of all of the children Manson fathered, it only mentions what became of a couple of them.) The authors also purport to include possible other scenarios for the horrific murders of August 1969, which can be easily torn apart upon cursory examination. Yeah, right, let's blame them on Linda Kasabian. There are other, better books on this topic. Read "Helter Skelter" and "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson" by Jeff Guinn for a more authoritative look.

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