If you're a regular follower of the Crime Time blog, you probably get drawn very easily into sensational, true tales of violence and insanity. But we can think of few stories that have gained wider attention than the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969.
Why? Two words: Charles Manson.
If you believe nothing new can be said about Manson and his "family," we recmmend the new book Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (Simon & Schuster, $27.50) by former Star-Telegram investigative reporter and book editor Jeff Guinn.
It went on sale recently and, according to S-T's Executive Editor Jim Witt, "you’re going to be surprised at the details you’ll learn."
In his recent review of the book Jim says: "Even though you know how the story turns out, you’re surprised on almost every page.
"Guinn was able to pull that off because he found two members of Manson’s family — not his cult family but his real family — who had never talked to an author before. Manson’s sister, Nancy, and his first cousin, Jo Ann, were able to fill in a lot of details about his early life that help explain the person whom he became."
-- Bill Miller