Helter Skelter, Is It Worth The Hype?

Helter Skelter is a book written by both Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi was a prosecutor against Charles Manson in the 1970 trial. The book is a true crime piece, written with heavy facts and is arguably considered one of the best crime books in history, having received multiple rewards. Bugliosi finds a way to shed light on all accounts; for example: the murder, trial, witness testimonies, 911 phone call, aftermath, etc. One of the better things about the book is that the author did not fail to undermine the mysticism of Charles Manson and the so called magic of his cult. Bugliosi even said that he, “strongly suspects that his ‘magical powers’ were nothing more or less than the ability to utter basic truisms to the right person at the right time.”

Since Bugliosi was the prosecutor of the case, his bias does present itself in fleeting notions that he presents. All things considered, at the end of the day, I don’t think it’s very controversial because he, along with his blindly devoted followers, did end up murdering a total of seven people. All in all, it was well done but only for those who enjoy facts, facts, facts, and not the mysteries surrounding Charles Manson. If you’re one who enjoys the facts and logic of situations, you found your book. You also found your book if you like hundreds and hundreds of pages to pick through.

Essentially, it was a well done volume that was a sophisticated analysis of the Manson murders. Was it for me? Nope. But I can see why a lot of people like the book. I would without hesitation offer the volume a solid 4 out of 5 stars.