Chaos: The Truth Behind the Manson Murders

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Penguin Random House, Apr 2, 2020 - True Crime - 520 pages
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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.

Twenty years ago, reporting for a routine magazine piece about the infamous Manson murders, journalist Tom O'Neill didn't expect to find anything new. But the discovery of horrifying new evidence kick-started an obsession and his life's work. What had he unearthed and what did it mean- why was there surveillance by intelligence agents? Why did the police make these particular mistakes and why did Tom's greatest ally in this fight turn into his biggest foe?

Chaos is an explosive read that will shock, grip and change our understanding of a case that has haunted the world for over fifty years.
'Riveting ... Sensational revelations ... True crime fans will be enthralled.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

' Full of scandalous findings ... to me it seems only too plausible. O'Neill's intricately sinister 'secret history' often sounds incredible; that doesn't mean that it's not all true.' OBSERVER

'Tantalizing ... Founded on prodigious research ... O'Neill's 20-year investigation reads like a thriller.' LOS ANGELES TIMES

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User Review  - George_Stokoe - LibraryThing

The author's theory is that the Manson murders might have been part of a CIA and FBI project to derail the new age commune movement /peace and love Vietnam war opposition movement , in the '60s ... Read full review

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User Review  - JeremyBrashaw - LibraryThing

Regardless of the author’s obsessive reporting the book more akin to Chandler’s The Long Goodbye than it is any sort revelatory or eye-opening investigation Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Tom O'Neill (Author)
Tom O'Neill is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Premiere, New York, The Village Voice and Details.

Dan Piepenbring (Author)
Dan Piepenbring is an advisory editor for The Paris Review and a contributor to The New Yorker's website.

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