“Hunting Charles Manson the best true crime book you will ever read….Lock your doors, keep the night lights on, and read this book.” – Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling crime novelist
In the late summer of 1969, the nation was transfixed by a series of gruesome murders in the hills of Los Angeles. Newspapers and television programs detailed the brutal slayings of a beautiful actress–twenty six years old and eight months pregnant with her first child–as well as a hair stylist, an heiress, a businessman, and other victims. The City of Angels was plunged into a nightmare of fear and dread. In the weeks and months that followed, law enforcement faced intense pressure to solve crimes that seemed to have no connection.
Finally, after months of dead-ends, false leads, and near-misses, Charles Manson and members of his “family” were arrested. The bewildering trials that followed once again captured the nation and forever secured Manson as a byword for the evil that men do.
Drawing upon deep archival research and exclusive personal interviews–including unique access to Manson Family parole hearings–former federal prosecutor and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl has written a propulsive, page-turning historical thriller of the crimes and manhunt that mesmerized the nation. And in the process, she reveals how the social and political context that gave rise to Manson is eerily similar to our own. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me this free copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I don’t read memoirs often, and I really am not attracted to reading them. However, I do love reading about Charles Manson. So when I was approached to review this one, I couldn’t turn it down.
I learned a lot about Manson, about the investigation, and about the family. This book was very entertaining, and made it easy to read. It didn’t lag or loose my interest. Wiehl wrote it in such a way it more more like reading a fiction novel, as opposed to a book based on a real person and true events. It’s scary to me, that these kind of people don’t just exist in book pages, they are out walking the streets.