Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties (Hardback)
  • Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties (Hardback)

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

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A descent into the murky world of the Manson murders fifty years after the fact, O’Neill’s pioneering study calls into question the received wisdom surrounding the heinous crimes and probes connections to Hollywood and the CIA that have never been properly followed up until now. A credible conspiracy theory convincingly expounded, Chaos is an enthralling and disturbing trip.

A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders leads to shocking new conspiracy theories about the FBI's involvement in this fascinating re-evaluation of one of the most infamous cases in American history.

In 1999, when Tom O'Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirtieth anniversary of the Manson murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Weren't the facts indisputable? Charles Manson had ordered his teenage followers to commit seven brutal murders, and in his thrall, they'd gladly complied. But when O'Neill began reporting the story, he kept finding holes in the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's narrative, long enshrined in the bestselling Helter Skelter.

Before long, O'Neill had questions about everything from the motive to the manhunt. Though he'd never considered himself a conspiracy theorist, the Manson murders swallowed the next two decades of his career. He was obsessed.

Searching but never speculative, Chaos follows O'Neill's twenty-year effort to rebut the 'official' story behind Manson. Who were his real friends in Hollywood, and how far would they go to hide their ties? Why didn't law enforcement act on their many chances to stop him? And how did he turn a group of peaceful hippies into remorseless killers?

O'Neill's hunt for answers leads him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from the Summer of Love to the shadowy sites of the CIA's mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with cover-ups and coincidences.

Featuring 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 Stephen Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. In those two dark nights in Los Angeles, O'Neill finds the story of California in the sixties: when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia-or dystopia-was just an acid trip away.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781785152078
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 810 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 46 mm


'This intricately sinister 'secret history' often sounds incredible; that doesn't mean it's not all true.' - The Observer

'Whatever you think you know about the Manson murders is wrong. Just flat out wrong. Tom O'Neill's twenty years of meticulous research has unearthed revelations about the murders, the murderers, the prosecutors who tried them and a rogues gallery of cops, drug dealers, bent doctors, famous celebrities, grotesque government research, secret agents and shadowy figures in a conspiracy/cover up so sweeping and bizarre, you'll be as astounded as you are terrified. If your friends call you paranoid, maybe they're just ignorant.' - Joe Ide, author of IQ and Wrecked

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Lance, Expert Bookseller at Uxbridge

“Startling revelations and throughly researched”

This book blew me away; everything you thought you knew about the Manson murders is wrong.
Uncovering conspiracies and hidden evidence, Tom O'Neill's phenomenal book is a true crime masterpiece.

Laura at Harrogate

“Tries to include too much”

There is an awful lot to take in here, but ultimately I found the book pretty unsatisfying because as the author asks himself frequently throughout, where does it all go? This details the investigation into Charles... More

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