Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter
A new look into the Helter Skelter Theory and a drug deal gone wrong
About the authors:
Lis Wiehl: was born on August 19, 1961. She is an American author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Lis has taken degrees from Columbia University, University of Queensland and Harward Law School.
Caitlin Rother: is a full-time author with different degrees on her CV. She is often on Radio and TV sharing her expertise on real crime. Besides true crime, Caitlin has an interest in swimming singing and playing keyboard
Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter is one of those books you will find hard to put down. I knew even from the beginning; the book would be an exciting read as it was catching from the very get-go. It´s sporadic getting that feeling for a book, but it happens from time to time. You know this book will keep you awake at night because you won´t rest until you have turned the last page.
Often we think we know everything about Charles Manson and the Manson family. But this book showed me otherwise. You would think lots of information takes up a lot of pages. But Lis Wiehl and Caitlin Rother have managed to place even tiny details of information into their book “Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter.
The book starts from the beginning of the life of Charles Milles Manson. It tells you about his mother and his grandmother. And we learn how Charlie as a kid was sent to school in a dress.
You probably wonder well what can be new in this old case, right? Not to spoil the reading experience for you I will not go into tiny details. But I have never heard that the members of the Family weren´t allowed to wear watches just as a little example. In the book, there is lots and lots of examples of what was a no go for the Manson Family members. And I also didn´t know how Charlie showed his members how he blew life into dead birds.
Helter Skelter was the reason for the killings at least this is what we have been told, right? But Wiehl and Rother share another theory with us. I have heard about this theory before so it was amazing to read how these two ladies took a look at the case with fresh eyes. Perhaps we will never know the real truth about these horrific murders only the future will tell. Here we get a new look into the Helter Skelter theory and a drug deal gone wrong.
I guess you might think well isn´t there any bad things to say about the book Hunting Charles Manson, right? To be honest I only found a few dry spots during the reading and that was when Wiehl and Rother told about the trail. And if you have watched trails on TV you know they always get a little boring along the way. But actually, Charles Manson himself turned one of the trails into a very interesting trail due to his act. And who would do that better than the ring figure himself? This act just showed how he was as a man and as a person and I find it very interesting.
Charles Manson passed away on November 19, 1917. And as well as he somehow always managed to be or get back into the spotlight as he lived he managed even after his death to get his name into newspapers for a long time. The book tells about what was the cause of Charlie’s death and it explains how Jason Freeman actually is the grandson of Charles Manson. At the time Freeman came forward claiming Charlie to be his granddad a lot of doubt were surrounding his claims. But Jason Freeman IS the grandson of Charlie and the book gives detailed information about Mr. Freeman and his parents. I like how the authors tell about the way Freeman changed his life from living likely as his grandfather to living a good life.
The book provides us with sources so if you would like to you can look deeper into special subjects. And you will find an index at the end of the book making it easy to look up wordings and more.