Vincent Bugliosi — who prosecuted Charles Manson and wrote the best-selling true crime classic, Helter Skelter, about the trial — has died at age 80. Despite a long, successful career, he lamented last year that “I can no more disassociate myself from [Manson] than I can jump away from my own shadow.”
Made-for-TV movie Helter Skelter aired in 1976, two years after the book it's based on was released, and seven years after the Manson Family murders it depicts were committed. Over time, it's become a cult classic among true crime fans, and it holds up amazingly well today. Here's why.
True crime fans know there's more to Charles Manson lore than true crime tale Helter Skelter.