MANSON RELATED BOOKS
Here are some links to Manson related books which you can purchase through
Amazon.Com (which is one of the largest book dealers on the internet). The
sales are handled totally by Amazon and not by this website. To the best of my knowledge, Manson makes no money from any of these
Tate: The Biography" by Ed Sanders. Ed last gave us the indispensable
"The Family." Now he's back with a bio of Sharon. Look for it in
late October 2011. Update, I don't think this ever actually made it to
Myth of Helter Skelter" by Susan Atkins.
"Death to Pigs"
by Robert Hendrickson. Robert previously gave us the incredible "Manson"
the Manson Gang" documentaries which are must-watch films. Now
he's delivered a book!
Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, Murder and a Crusade" by
Alisa Statman and Brie Tate. Well, I guess that title about sums it up!
Alisa lived in the Cielo guesthouse at one time and befriended Patti Tate.
Brie is Patti's daughter. This is scheduled for a January 2012 release.
Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry. Everyone knows all
about this book by Manson's prosecutor so I won't bother to say anything more. (hardback
Family: The Story of Charles Manson's Dune Buggy Attack Battalion"
by Ed Sanders. An absolute must have. Most everyone
refers to this simply as "The Family" and it is the perfect companion
to Bugliosi's book. This one goes more with the satanic angle. There
have been at least three variations with chapters added and dropped. This
and "Helter Skelter" are probably the two major Manson books.
This book was re-released in 2002. Partially re-written and includes new
material and many photographs.
Shadow Over Santa Susana" by Adam Gorightly. Nearly 600 pages!
This one brings together lots of information from a vast number of sources.
There are two editions of this work. The original, longer version is
The updated, shorter version is
Tate and the Manson Murders" by Greg King. New book
(mid-2000) which is more biographical of Sharon than we usually get. I
haven't read it yet, so I can't really say. I did see some recent quotes
from Clem and it does contain a couple of crime scene
photos (most books skip this). The publisher failed to give us an
index and the end notes are all off by one chapter!
"Manson in His Own Words" by Charles Manson with Nuel
Emmons. Manson wasn't happy about this book, so take the title with a grain
the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars" by Edward George
and Dary Matera. George was Manson's prison counselor. I'm still
reading so can't comment yet... (hardback
You can read the author's complaints about how the book was changed by clicking
The Life and Times of Lynette Fromme" by Jess Bravin. I found
this very interesting. Did you know that Squeaky was friends with Phil
Hartman (of "Saturday Night Live" fame, and a famous murder victim)? (hardback
Ultimate Evil" (updated in 1999) by Maury
Terry. Well, he has extremely interesting Manson related info (if it's
real). The book is mostly about the Son of Sam, though. Definitely
worth checking out if you're really into Manson. As of July, 2004, it
seems Amazon no longer has the updated edition in stock (or even in their
database). They do have links to older editions
The Unholy Trail of Charlie and the Family" by John Gilmore and Ron
Kenner. This is a reprint of "Garbage
Zodiac/Manson Connection" by Howard Davis. Was Bruce Davis also the
infamous Zodiac killer? The whole thing, I think, is based on the
scientology student murders that Davis was suspected of. The female victim
received a letter similar to the Zodiac letters. It's yet another I
haven't read. Click
here to buy
from the author or
to purchase from Amazon. At the time this is being written, the author's
website is extremely more affordable.
"Charles Manson (Heroes and Villians)"
I know nothing about this book.
Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult" by
Karlene Faith. Biography of Leslie Van Houten. Quite one-sided
Shadows: A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley" by
Bob Murphy. Written by a former superintendent of Death Valley National
Monument. I haven't read this one but believe it is based on the Family's
days in Death Valley.
Canyons Are Full of Ghosts" by Emmett Harder. Written by a Death
Valley prospector and is mostly about the area and its inhabitants and history.
It does have around 25 pages about Harder's encounters with Manson and the
Death Scenes" by Corey Mitchell. A tour of Hollywood crime scenes.
Reportedly has about 25 pages about the Manson family with various photos of the
More Tomorrows" by Alice LaBianca. This is a biography of Manson
victim Leno LaBianca by his ex-wife. Hey, lots of Leno photos (most of us
have only seen that one pic over and over).
"Road Mangler Deluxe" by Phil Kaufman. Autobiography.
Phil Kaufman is probably best known for his work with the Rolling Stones,
Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. Before all that, though, he served time with
Charles Manson. After his release, he hung out with the Family. Phil
produced Manson's "Lie"
album (he's listed on the back cover as "phil 12258cal" which was his prison
number). Several pages of his autobiography are about Manson and the
remainder are an amazing story. If you click
HERE, you can order the book direct from
Phil and he'll autograph it.
Trial of Charles Manson: Cult Murders in California (Famous Trials)"
by Craig L. Staples. This book is nearly $30 and less than 100
pages. It is reportedly a children's text book and not worth the time of
day unless you have to have everything.
Family Picnic" by Downey and Clark. This has a forward by Bugliosi and an afterword
by Manson. But don't get the idea that either participated or approved.
It has been described as "a book with talking animals who get high on drugs and
discuss 1960s politics.
OUT OF PRINT BOOKS:
to Die" by Jerry Le Blanc. Probably the first book to appear on the
case. Best known for some obscure photos such as an alternate of Hinman.
"The Killing of Sharon Tate" by Lawrence Schiller. This was a
quickie put out shortly after the arrests. About half is an interview with
You Die for Me" by Charles Watson.
This is the one by killer Tex. Quite worth reading for a first-hand
account. Check his web site and you can usually find it for free!
Life With Charles Manson" by Paul Watkins. Excellent book by Family
member. Very tough to find and usually goes for around $50 on eBay.
"Child of Satan, Child of God" by Susan Atkins
and Bob Slosser. It's been a long time since I read this, but I seem to
recall finishing it and thinking "Man, she really doesn't seem to know why
those people were killed."
Behind the Scenes" by Bill Nelson. Nelson ran the web site
which many loved to hate. Lots of really interesting data that I've never
seen elsewhere. Unfortunately this book has misspellings and typos on
nearly every page.
Watson: The Man, the Madness, the Manipulation" by Bill Nelson.
Nelson's first book (see above). Quite a bit of trial testimony.
Manson File" by Nikolas Schreck. Get it if at
all possible. Fantastic!
and Cons" by Frank Andrews. This is a collection of writings by
inmates. It's of interest to us because it has poems, short stories and
drawings by Leslie Van Houten and Pat Krenwinkel. Very tough to find but
is interesting since it has material by these otherwise silent killers.
Manson Love Letters to a Secret Disciple" by Sy Wizinsky.
Extremely hard to find and usually over $100.
Dropout: Manson Follower Turns to Christ" by Onjya Sipe. A couple
of chapters of interest and nearly impossible to locate.
People" by John Gilmore and Ron Kenner. First
book that I ever saw with the crime scene photos. Although out-of-print,
this has possibly been re-released under a
on the Manson Trial: Journal of a Pseudo-Juror" by Rosemary Baer.
Written by a Manson juror's wife.
by Your Peers" by William Zamora. Written by a Manson juror and has also been released under the title
to Evil" by George Bishop. Bishop attended every session of the Tate/LaBianca
trial and was a confidant of both investigators and lawyers. Quite a bit
of trial testimony. Nice illustrations.
Murders" by D. E. Cooper. I don't know what this is but it's likely an
earlier edition of the following book.
Murders: A Philosophical Inquiry" by David Cooper. It is "a
discussion of the philosophical questions raised by the Tate/LaBianca
murders..." and "was edited before Tex Watson went to trial... The book
does a good job of discussing the ethics of folks who are amoral and how society
is to deal with them." (Thanks to Jim Davis for the description."
Women" by Clara Livsey. I've been told it's
more about Manson than the women.
"Alone With the Devil" by Ronald Markman. 55 page chapter about Watson
and Van Houten.
by David Felton. Very rare book that covers several people such as Manson
and Mel Lyman. Almost always over $100.
and the Manson Family" by Robert Endleman.
Savage God: The Perverse Use of Eastern Thought" by Robert Zaehner.
Out-of-print. The author essentially says that Manson is the same as
Eastern mystics and uses this to discredit them relative to the author's own
FOREIGN LANGUAGE BOOKS:
dei Fiori, figli di Satana" (Flower Children, Satan Children) by Ezio
Guaitamacchi. This is an Italian book which was kindly sent to me by the
author. Here is his description: "I wrote a book on a
series of events that happened in the summer of 1969. More specifically, I
started out with an overlook of the tragic death of Brian Jones (July 3), the
U.S. premiere of Easy Rider (the movie, July 10), the Manson murders (August 9
and 10), The Woodstock Festival (August 14,15 and 16). I found lots of
unexpected connections, interesting and sometimes frightening factors in
common." The author also has a website at
www.JamOnline.it. He has recently
released a CD-ROM to accompany the book and is doing a live show with lectures,
videos and live music.
OTHER CRIME BOOKS:
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additional crime books.