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  1. The Myth of Helter Skelter
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  2. The Myth of Helter Skelter

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In 1969 in Los Angeles, a crime took place which has been sensationalized to a point that it has attained mythological proportions in the minds of many people. This is the story of Helter Skelter. After decades of receiving letters from misguided youth and misinformed fanatics, Susan Atkins hoped to produce a counter-point to the "Helter Skelter" story that would demystify the crimes and show them for what they were. She hoped if she could explain them maybe they would no longer be the point of obsession they have become to some. “People are intrigued by what they don’t understand.” Susan Atkins-Whitehouse

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Susan Atkins-Whitehouse
Menelorelin Dorenay's Publishing
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Menelorelin Dorenay's Publishing
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Having read Helter Skelter and most of the other books about The Manson Family, I never bought into the whole "Helter Skelter, black and white race war" story the prosecution used to get convictions against the killers. Susan Atkins reason for the murders, while far less dramatic, seems more likely. That said, anyone looking for actual details or her account of the nights of the murders will be disappointed. She skims over those nights with no detail at all, focusing mainly on distancing herself from both the Family and the murders. It read less like a warning to people than an attempt to make herself a less than willing participant. Despite her saying she took responsibility for her actions, I didn't get the feeling she felt any horror or true remorse at what she had done, which leaves her account kind of an empty read.
I personally like this book. the whole helter skelter thing didn't make sense to me as a motive by itself. drugs, money and manipulation do. I've read just about every manson book because it was puzzling to me why the murders happened. this one lifted a veil to me. it's a short read, but how much can you say about a career criminal and his needy, seeker followers? if you admire charlie and all his lies, you won't enjoy it. if bugliosi knew about manson thinking he killed lotsa papa, he most likely would have seen this tragedy as it really was. bugliosi got it wrong, but got the convictions. it wasn't just being shunned by the music industry. it wasn't just a race war. although these were included in the family actions, they were not the catalyst. Susan doesn't go into details of murder. she didn't want to. we have all read about that anyway. but, if you are interested in her thoughts looking back? it's worth the read.
an outstanding book. susan atkins was a true martyr.
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