I just finished Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn. WOW! I really learned a lot from this book, I was only a small child at the time the Tate/LaBianca murders, so can't really remember when this all took place. But have read and heard lots about it since.
The author gives a lot of background history of the 60's and 70's and what was going on in the world at that time as well as the early years of Charles Manson.
How his mother and and uncle spend time in prison, leaving Charlie to be raised by his grandmother and another aunt and uncle. His mother did try for a while after being released but Charlie was a manipulator from the early years. His early years in reform schools & the penitentiary he learned more ways to get people to do what he wanted.
The book contains interviews from adopted sister Nancy, and cousin Jo Ann. And pictures of Charlie as a young boy who you would not know by looking at the pictures that he would grow up to be the "The Most Dangerous Man Alive".
It is scary that one man could have such influence over people that they would do whatever he told them to.
This is a must have book for anyone interested in the Manson family and the Tate/LaBianca murders.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.