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Charles Manson (1934 - )
BiographyCharles Milles Manson (born November 11, 1934) was convicted of conspiracy to commit the murder of Sharon Tate and four friends. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson 
1969On August 9, 1969 four Family members, Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkins, entered the house on Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, California and killed Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of Roman Polanski, along with four friends - Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski (frequently misspelled as Voytek Frykowski) and Steven Parent. Fellow follower Linda Kasabian was look-out and later recieved immunity for submitting evidence against the group. The next day they would kill Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, a wealthy Los Angeles couple. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson 
- Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders - Vincent Bugliosi [Amazon US]
Helter Skelter - The True Story of the Manson Murders V Bugliosi
The inside story behind the Manson killings explains how Charles Manson was able to make his "family" murder for him, chronicles the investigation, and describes in detail the court trial that brought him and his accomplices to justice. Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Reprint.
- Manson: The Unholy Trail of Charlie and the Family () - John Gilmore, Ron Kenner [Amazon US]
Published years ago as THE GARBAGE PEOPLE, this revised and updated classic is still the reliable text dealing with Charles Manson and his ragtag, violent family. The real horror and sickness of these people comes through the text. It is disturbing and unforgettable indeed, and none of these individuals should EVER be let out of prison. No one can commit such horrible deeds as this and hope to be reformed in the same lifetime. Yet Manson, who apparently never did any of the murders himself, comes through as this broken Svengali who orchestrated the evil deeds. The photographs are very graphic, showing all of the victims in death. The writing is terse and sharp, almost hard-boiled, as is much of what John Gilmore writes. Yet that can be deceptive, as one enters this world Gilmore creates in much the same way you would let your child walk into a lion's den. An education, indeed. There is a powerful lesson here and I'm still trying to sort out...
I'll never undserstand how the lovely Sharon Tate, eight months pregnant, was butchered like a lamb being slaughtered, and for what? Though confined for life, these killers have been able to marry, have children of their own, and claim to have found "God". They ask us to forgive them while we are still weeping for poor Sharon and the others. In an indirect, oblique way, Gilmore, in reminding us of things we should never forget, seems to drive this question into the reader. He has fixed it so I'll never forget, nor will I ever understand such brutality in the human condition. Despite some petty grumblings from other reviewers (who have obviously missed the point), this book is an imporant aid in our attempt to understand and deal with the darker side of the human experience. -- richard corman for amazon.com
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