Chaos : Charles Manson, the CIA, and the secret history of the sixties / Tom O'Neill with Dan Piepenbring
- O'Neill, Tom (Journalist)
- Additional Titles:
- Charles Manson, the CIA, and the secret history of the sixties
- New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
- Copyright Date:
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Piepenbring, Dan
- The crime of the century -- An aura of danger -- The golden penetrators -- The holes in Helter Skelter -- Amnesia at the L.A. County Sheriff's Office -- Who was Reeve Whitson? -- Neutralizing the left -- The lawyer swap -- Manson's get-out-of-jail-free card -- The Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic -- Mind control -- Where does it all go?
- "What really happened in 1969? Over two grim nights in Los Angeles, the young followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant. With no mercy and seemingly no motive, the Manson Family followed their leader's every order--their crimes lit a flame of paranoia across the nation, spelling the end of the sixties. Manson became one of history's most infamous criminals, his name forever attached to an era when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia--or dystopia--was just an acid trip away. Twenty years ago, when journalist Tom O'Neill was reporting a magazine piece about the murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Then he unearthed shocking evidence of a cover-up behind the 'official' story, including police carelessness, legal misconduct, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents. Every discovery brought more questions: Who were Manson's real friends in Hollywood, and how far would they go to hide their ties? Why didn't law enforcement agents, including Manson's own parole officer, act on their many chances to stop him? And how did Manson--an illiterate ex-con--turn a group of peaceful hippies into remorseless killers? The product of two decades of reporting, hundreds of new interviews, and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI, and the CIA, Chaos mounts an argument that could be, according to Los Angeles deputy district attorney Stephen Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. This is a book that will forever alter our understanding of a pivotal time in American history."--Dust jacket.
An investigative journalist chronicles his twenty-year obsession with the 1969 Manson murders and describes how he discovered evidence of a cover-up, carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents.
- Manson, Charles, 1934-2017
- United States. Central Intelligence Agency
- Mass murder—California—Los Angeles—Case studies
- Murderers—California—Los Angeles—Case studies
- Murder—Investigation—Press coverage—California—Los Angeles
- Police misconduct—California—Los Angeles
- Legal ethics—California—Los Angeles
- TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
- HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
- Mass murder
- 9780316477550 (hardcover)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-504) and index.
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