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

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

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Overview


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 American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316477550
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 10,708
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Tom O'Neill is an award-winning investigative journalist and entertainment reporter whose work has appeared in national publications such as Us, Premiere, New York, The Village Voice and Details.He graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and currently resides in Venice, CA.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

1 The Crime of the Century 11

2 An Aura of Danger 44

3 The Golden Penetrators 86

4 The Holes in Helter Skelter 116

5 Amnesia at the L.A. County Sheriff's Office 141

6 Who Was Reeve Whitson? 183

7 Neutralizing the Left 208

8 The Lawyer Swap 236

9 Manson's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card 271

10 The Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic 304

11 Mind Control 341

12 Where Does It All Go? 391

Epilogue 429

Acknowledgments 437

Notes 443

Index 505

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Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Janice Lombardo 5 months ago
Intense and thorough research into to 60's and 70's. Since I was in college in the 60's - I found this read extremely interesting! Intense and thorough research into to 60's and 70's. Since I was in college in the 60's - I found this read extremely interesting! Fascinating - yet this book opens up even more avenues to question. I read Helter Skelter decades ago, as did my mom and my friends. However, that book pales in comparison to Tom O'Neill's CHAOS. A poignant story of the Manson Murders. Also includes the Manson Family, JFK assassination, Black Panthers, Jolly Wes,t Haight-Asbury, the FBI, and so much more. I enjoyed this book and read furiously. The only question I have is: why not publish SOMETHING sooner since Tom was indeed that low on money at the time? This book involves an intricate look into the fascinating 60's and 70's that is truly invaluable! MANY thanks to Little, Brown, and Company - Hachette Book Group & NetGalley! Fascinating - yet this book opens up even more avenues to question. I read Helter Skelter decades ago, as did my mom and my friends. However, that book pales in comparison to Tom O'Neill's CHAOS. A poignant story of the Manson Murders. Also includes the Manson Family, JFK assassination, Black Panthers, Jolly Wes,t Haight-Asbury, the FBI, and so much more. I enjoyed this book and read furiously. The only question I have is: why not publish SOMETHING sooner since Tom was indeed that low on money at the time? This book involves an intricate look into the fascinating 60's and 70's that is truly invaluable! MANY thanks to Little, Brown, and Company - Hachette Book Group & NetGalley!
troutrivers 25 days ago
Very very intriguing. Just for a teaser - Manson should have been locked up. He was out on parole - a parole he violated numerous times as well as he never sought employment. Yet after every arrest, he was suddenly freed with no further consequences. Someone was protecting him. Who? Why?