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Chaos

De : Tom O'Neill,Dan Piepenbring
Lu par : Kevin Stillwell
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    A journalist's 20-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 60s. 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2019 Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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    "What if everything we thought we knew about the Manson murders was wrong? O'Neill spent 20 years wrestling with that question, and Chaos is his final answer. Timed to the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders, it's a sweeping indictment of the Los Angeles justice system, with cover-ups reaching all the way up to the FBI and CIA." (Entertainment Weekly)

    "Chaos is less a definitive account of the murders than a kaleidoscope swirl of weird discoveries and mind-bending hypotheticals that reads like Raymond Chandler after a tab of windowpane." (The New York Times

    "O'Neill's discoveries are stunning, especially when he's discussing the inexplicable leniency shown by law enforcement officials and by Manson's parole officer." (The Washington Post

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    • Visualverbs
    • 04/08/2019

    Don't fall for the negative reviews...

    This work is tremendous, in scope and execution. There are reviews about it being "self-indulgent rambling" or "great book about Tom O'Neill", or "a lot of nothing..." - all of which is nonsense. Clearly these people haven't the mental capacity to follow a mystery any more complicated then "Murder She Wrote."

    Sure, it is very much a book about the author's search, twenty years in the making, about the truth of the Tate-LaBianca murders. I appreciate that the author kept is informed of his personal journey in the process of uncovering all this NEW (to me) data. For the reviewers who said nothing "new" was uncovered, that couldn't be further from the truth. It was O'Neill's painstaking combing over all the clues that led to some HUGE discoveries about Charles Manson and MK Ultra, and how there was clearly something going on between law enforcement, federal intelligence agencies, and the Hippy Movement. For the record, this is NOT the only book that goes into that subject (See "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon"...: by David McGowan).

    For me the clincher was the author's discoveries about Manson's year in the Haight-Ashbury before the murders occurred. How someone on federal probation could commit so many additional crimes (before the murders) and NOT be violated is amazing (to me it is clear that Manson was a subject of research and very probably a Federal snitch). That fact that his federal probation officer had ties to LSD research at the HAFMC, and other significant clinicians at that free medical clinic in the Haight turned out to be knee-deep in MK Ultra research, up to and including admitting in hidden memo's (that O'Niell uncovered) that MK Ultra / LSD / hypnosis was able to implant "memories" into a subject's consciousness.

    This is not a self-indulgent work. It is not a rehash of old clues. This is a very thorough refutation of the "Helter Skelter" murder theory with which the LA District Attorney gained convictions for Manson and the Family. There was clearly FAR more going on than we were told for the last 40 years.

    Basically, this work illustrates the fact that we really cannot count on our government, our law enforcement, our justice system, or our academicians to tell us the truth (about perhaps anything). And, for the record, I am a conservative, Christian, registered Republican, who wants deeply to believe that our "leaders" have our best interests at heart but it's increasingly clear that we're all being lied to.

    Get this book, read or listen to it, and draw your own conclusions. Good luck, America.

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    • Wagger
    • 30/08/2019

    16 hours went by fast

    I heard about this book on the Greg Fitzsimmons podcasts and it sounded interesting. If you don’t like real crime and conspiracies, this might not be your cup of tea. I loved all details about the characters and how they dovetailed into the American culture of the 60’s. I’m in my 50’s and I recognized many of the references. I appreciated the thoroughness of the author and his extensive interviews. I couldn’t believe how fast this book went; I listened every spare minute of the day.

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    • Ricky Patton
    • 13/08/2019

    I'm ready for the sequel!

    This book could not have been long enough. Mr. O'Neil has blown my mind with the revelations and the possibilities that continue to emerge from a chapter of history we had all been told was written long ago. Thank you, Tom, for giving twenty years of your life to tell this story. Please don't stop reporting. There is no expiration date on the truth, or humanity's need for it.

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    • Susan
    • 10/07/2019

    I couldn't stop listening

    I wish I could meet Mr. O'Neill and tell him how much I appreciate his efforts. I've read a lot of books on this topic and finally someone has questioned the "party line" on just about everything. The authors aren't telling us what to believe. They are telling us what was found over many, many years of research. You feel like you are there with O'Neill doing the research, trying to figure out how to write it and not sound crazy. I'm really glad that I read this.

    Narrator is very good. I'd listen to other books he narrates for sure.

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    • Casey
    • 25/07/2019

    Support Investigative Journalism

    I couldn’t agree more with O’Neill’s conclusion that his 20 year search for answers was worth it. I devoured this book in 2 days. I purchased the hard copy just for the notes!

    The chapters leading up to ‘Mind Control’ perfectly set the table for one of the most intriguing accounts of the subject I’ve read.

    I’ll be recommending this book to my friends and to anyone who appreciates historical accounts without superfluous detail.

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    • Ashley
    • 21/07/2019

    compelling and sincere!

    an inspiration for further investigation. one of the best and most interesting books I've heard. I would call it a page turner but I didn't turn any pages lol! keep it up buddy!!

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    • PKW
    • 15/07/2019

    Great Book

    This book has some startling information in it that leads further credence to the fact that there is a lot more to the Manson case than is officially agreed upon. The author is candid and does not pull punches and is willing to be honest about the trip down the rabbit hole that is the Manson case and the family.

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    • Hans J. Wollstein
    • 14/02/2020

    Much to do about nothing

    So here’s a magazine writer desperately attempting to come up with a new angle for the 30th anniversary of the Manson Family slayings. Which means interviewing a host of now old timers, including Vince Bugliosi, the prosecutor and best selling author of THE Manson true crime book HELTER SKELTER. Author Tom O’Neill doesn’t buy Bugliosi’s crazy hippies being manipulated by a madman because of playing the Beatles’ White Album backwards or some such. Neither do I. This whole Bugliosi hocus pocus was a means to an end: how to convict a man who was only present, and briefly at that, at one of the two crime scenes for the murder of 6 people? To me, it really doesn’t matter, the right culprits went to jail for life. Like CHAOS, I too, believe that Doris Day’s son, Terry Melcher, then a major music producer, knew the Family much better than he and Bugliosi would admit to. Knowing hippies, and being seen with them, was part of the times. But Melcher would always deny that he had much more to do with Manson because were he to do that one question arises: why hadn’t he gone to the authorities the very day after the killing of Sharon Tate? For Bugliosi, Melcher’s involvement would simply muddle his established HELTER SKELTER bottomless pit in Death Valley motive. And Manson, at least, may have walked. So far so good. So why my one star review? Because already in chapter 4, Mr O’Neill’s accusations go off the rails when he claims that witness Danny DeCarlo told Bugliosi that he saw Melcher at the Barker Ranch near Death Valley where Manson and the Family would be arrested soon after. "The girls yelled ‘Terry’s coming, Terry’ coming’ and Melcher arrived at the ranch in a Mercedes convertible." Really? Anybody familiar with Manson saga topography will know that that would be impossible. Even today, the Barker Ranch remains one of the most isolated places in California, reachable only by traversing up a dry wash filled with rocks and boulders. No road, not even a track. And I was done. Because once you start questioning the reality of a true crime book, you might as well put it aside. Which I have.

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    • Ryan
    • 27/12/2019

    Meh

    Narrator doesn’t know how to pronounce “Bugliosi,” kinda ruins the whole thing. A lot of information that really goes nowhere. Ends up being a book about someone who doesn’t know how to write books.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 29/06/2019

    This was my first audio book ever

    I hrard about this book from the podcast Holly Crime Scene. Loved Mr ONeill's voice, and the subject of Manson, the 60's, and dirty secrets had me hooked. I got the audiobook as soon as the podcast ended. The narrator did a fine job in my opinion. The subject matter captivated me from the first chapter. I couldnt put it down. Corruption, cover-ups, and flat out lies. You think you know all there is to know about the Manson Family? Just listen....

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    • Marion Krauss-Warner
    • 05/05/2020

    Necessarily shocking....

    Light is the only cure for darkness.. one must understand how black darkness dares be.. thanks to This Book i am more aware of the depths of the water we all unknowingly read in..

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    • Lance Gregorchuk
    • 08/12/2022

    wow

    loved it.. what a really good story, it shows that conspiracy theories are not always theories

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 10/04/2022

    Peak Journalism and mindblowing insights

    I came across Tom O’Neill and this book after listening to JRE where Tom was a guest. The Tate murders have always been fascinating and due to the fact so much is unknown to the public, they still are quite mysterious.

    This book is a deep dive into the story of the murders and a lot more which isn’t well known to most people. The book covers the murders, the Manson family and a lot of background information to the whole story. Tom O’Neill spend 20 years to do his research and the book he delivered is just peak journalism. Also don’t miss out on his social media sites to get more insights on the topic.

    Kevin Stillwell is a perfect choice as narrator.

    I hope there will be a part two where the rest of the open questions will get answered. Keep up this fantastic work Tom!