"Not just another Manson book, but the final word on America's most notorious murderer."
--Steve Jackson, NYT bestselling author 
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Taking a fresh look at the most notorious murder case of the 20th century, this book is chalk full of new details that offer a different and broader perspective on the murderous actions and "Helter Skelter" motive ascribed to Manson and his cult, known as the Manson Family. Many of these details were gleaned not only from new interviews with characters in this 50-year-old case, but also from reviewing original source materials and dozens of recent parole hearing transcripts that we used to re-examine contributing factors and cultural dynamics that have been overlooked in the past. Overall, this book is a cautionary tale that history repeats itself and that many of these factors are just as present and dangerous in cultish idealogues of today as they were during the era of LSD, the Vietnam War, and the Summer of Love. 


"You think you know everything about an infamous criminal case until brilliant writers and researchers like Lis Wiehl and Caitlin Rother come along to expose new layers and new insights. This is a must-read for true crime fans--and those who think they know everything about the Manson case."
--Gregg Olsen, #1 NYTimes bestselling author

Manson's marriage license to his first wife, Rosalie Willis, grandmother to Jason Freeman, who won the recent court battle to take possessions of Manson's body. A sampling of newspaper pages from historic moments during the investigation and murder trials of the Manson Family, who killed at least nine people, including actress Sharon Tate. Prison mug shots of the defendants who were all convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder: Bruce Davis, Charles "Tex" Watson, and the three "girls," Susan "Sadie" Atkins, Pat "Katie" Krenwinkel, followed by Charles Manson in 1996 and his final photo in 2017, just a few months before he died of intestinal bleeding and cancer.  Recent Bobby "Cupid" Beausoleil, Bruce Davis, and Leslie  Van Houten, all of whom have been granted parole by their respective parole boards, but were kept in prison by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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