Four years after the grisly revelations surrounding the actions of cult leader Charles Manson and the Manson Family came the book, written by the lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi: Helter Skelter.
The name comes from a theory that there would be an apocalyptic race war, which Manson believed would happen on Earth.
Los Angeles prosecutor Bugliosi, working with writer Curt Gentry, recounts the investigation, arrest and prosecution of one of the notorious figures of the late 1960s – cult leader Charles Manson.
Manson and the Manson Family were convicted of the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, actress Sharon Tate and several other victims.
Published by W.W. Norton in 1974, the true crime book became a bestseller, despite the three years that had passed since the convictions in 1971. In 1975, Helter Skelter won the Edgar Award for Best Crime Book.
Seven million copies of the book sold, detailing the world of Manson and his followers and how police investigators investigated to find the evidence to prove they had committed murder.
In 1976, a tv movie was done based on the book, once again showcasing the bizarre and twisted view of the world created by Manson. Still imprisoned in California, Charles Manson’s story has become an integral part of pop culture history.