I am participating in the A-to-Z Challenge again this year. My theme is My Favorite Books. Most of the books I will be posting about, I have read more than once. After all, they are my favorites.
H is for Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry.
Helter Skelter is about the Charles Manson Tate-LaBianca murders that took place in 1969. One of the authors, Vincent Bugliosi, was the prosecutor in the 1970 trial. The murders took place while I was in college so I did not pay much attention to them. But when the book came out in 1974, I read it immediately. This may have been one of my first true crime books and it set a high standard for what I expect from the genre.
Bugliosi did a lot of research into Manson’s background and the thought process of the Manson Family. It is the why that I find intriguing in true crime books. Charles Manson is still in prison. His last parole hearing was in 2012 and of course, it was denied. His next hearing won’t be until 2027. As Manson will be 92 at that time, I am guessing he will again be denied parole or maybe he’ll be dead.
And I would be quite remise if I didn’t mention that H is also for the Harry Potter books. But loving them is a given, so they won’t be discussed here. (yay Harry!)