Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

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In August 1969, the brutal murders of Actress Sharon Tate and four others in her home followed by the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their home shocked the country. The culprits would be arrested four months later. Charles Manson and his “Family” of followers would be tried and convicted. The motive of igniting a “Helter Skelter” race war of apocalyptic scope was flouted by the Prosecution and remained mostly unquestioned. Thirty years later, Journalist Tom O’Neill would take a writing assignment examining the effects of the murders on Hollywood. O’Neill would soon be consumed in a two-decade quest for truth, detractors considering it quixotic. The questions regarding the Manson Family’s trial and Prosecutor Bugliosi’s honesty in presenting perjured testimony along with fabrication of motive brought the author through a hornet’s net of witnesses, shadowy quasi-government operatives, conspiracy theories. O’Neill expresses reservations regarding the rabbit hole he is venturing down in, yet where there once was clarity has now become cloudy with the passage of time.

Chaos is a whirlwind telling of a search for ultimate truth. The crimes have been written about ad nauseam for fifty years, but the new light cast by O’Neill might just render previous books moot. The work is thoroughly well researched and written, the reader will be intrigued and possibly revolted by the actions of government alleged. A+ Journalism.

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Author Tom O’Neill and Dad Piepenbring
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 528 pages
Publisher Little, Brown
Publish Date 2019-06-25
ISBN 9780316477550
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Issue August 2019
Category History

2 reviews for Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

  1. Carol


  2. Carol

    Tom O’Neill is disgusting.

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