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Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties (original 2019; edição 2020)

por Tom O'Neill (Autor), Dan Piepenbring (Primary Contributor)

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History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:A journalist's twenty-year fascination with the Manson murders leads to shocking new revelations about the FBI's involvement in this riveting reassessment of an infamous case in American history.


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. When a tense interview with Vincent Bugliosi ?? prosecutor of the Manson Family and author of Helter Skelter ?? turned a friendly source into a nemesis, O'Neill knew he was onto something. But 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, 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?

  • O'Neill's quest for the truth led him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from San Francisco's summer of love to the shadowy sites of the CIA's mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with shady cover-ups and suspicious coincidences. 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 Steven Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. This is a book that overturns our understanding of a pivotal time in A… (mais)

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    Título:Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
    Autores:Tom O'Neill (Autor)
    Outros autores:Dan Piepenbring (Primary Contributor)
    Informação:Back Bay Books (2020), 528 pages
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    Etiquetas:Conspiracy theorist, Manson debunked

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    Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties por Tom O'Neill (2019)

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    Just realised I forgot to write a review of this, read in late June, so will try to recall my impressions. On the one hand it was informative - being based in the UK I hadn't even realised that another couple had been murdered by Manson's followers, having only heard about Sharon Tate and the other people at her house. The author certainly throws a lot of questions up in the air, uncovering inconsistencies, even lies, in various people's accounts, and also flagging up that certain people knew key facts, but were never called as witnesses at the trials. There certainly are big questions raised around the operation of law enforcement in the area and why Manson was repeatedly allowed out of jail after committing various offences that should have had his federal parole revoked.

    The trouble is the book is disjointed and disorganised because it is also to a large extent a narrative of the history of the author's investigation and the various setbacks and difficulties experienced. He is never able to come to a definite conclusion from interviewing those who agreed to talk to him - some of whom turned hostile subsequently. Multiple theories are presented regarding the causes and motives behind the murders, with various people being shown as connected to the Tate house and its previous owner, several of whom also had connections to Manson. There is a disquieting suggestion that Sharon Tate could have been abused by her husband. Intriguing possibilities are raised regarding the creation of Manson's cult during his stay in San Francisco and the involvement of various people in the medical profession who had CIA links and were researching the effects of LSD as part of a programme on brainwashing and alteration of memories. But none of this is definitively bottomed out.

    Ultimately it was a bit of a frustrating read and for that reason I have awarded it 3 stars. ( )
    1 vote kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
    3.5 stars. A must read for true crime aficionados. ( )
      Maryjane75 | Sep 30, 2023 |
    It's a great read. I wish it was longer. So many questions seem to beg for more information. It certainly kept my undivided attention for the short time it took me to read it. ( )
      soraxtm | Apr 9, 2023 |
    A frustrating read. The author in many chapters sets up an interesting story, and talks about his research and evidence as to what got him there, and fully admits when he's hit a dead end, which is refreshing, but in so many cases, he only has enough evidence to get so far with his theories, and often he fills in the remaining blanks with speculation and conjecture, which, while an interesting story, might or might not be a totally true one. It reminded me of reading the Once Upon a Time in Shaolin book, in which that author felt (to me) like he wrote the book to show how cool he was being part of the Wu Tang Clan's inner circle. This feels like the author wrote this book to show how cool he was to do a ton of research on the Manson Family, and find some bits and pieces of Manson Family police work that he had uncovered that showed that the narrative we were given before wasn't the truth. But in the end, while he turned up some interesting discrepancies and cause for us to doubt the established story, but he couldn't come up with enough answers to give us the actual truth of what really happened, and gave us a book full of tangents and claims that relied heavily on speculation. ( )
    1 vote notbucket24 | Oct 2, 2022 |
    A must read to update on the dirty tricks FBI/CIA programs connection to local police. ( )
      RonSchulz | Jun 24, 2022 |
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    History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:A journalist's twenty-year fascination with the Manson murders leads to shocking new revelations about the FBI's involvement in this riveting reassessment of an infamous case in American history.


    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. When a tense interview with Vincent Bugliosi ?? prosecutor of the Manson Family and author of Helter Skelter ?? turned a friendly source into a nemesis, O'Neill knew he was onto something. But 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, 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?


    O'Neill's quest for the truth led him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from San Francisco's summer of love to the shadowy sites of the CIA's mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with shady cover-ups and suspicious coincidences. 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 Steven Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. This is a book that overturns our understanding of a pivotal time in A

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