Interviews, correspondence, and trial transcripts present a biography of Sharon Tate from her childhood through her Hollywood stardom and detail her murder and the trial convicting Charles Manson.
Throughout the summer of 1969, America was transfixed by a series of brutal murders in and around Los Angeles. The victims ranged from a well-to-do couple to an heiress to the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate. Greg King (The Duchess of Windsor, 1999) unearths a staggering trove of information on Tate, an actress who died at 26 with barely a handful of films and television appearances to her credit. King takes readers into the midst of the Manson family, profiling the killers’ pasts, the sex and drugs rites of the family, and the career of Manson himself. Making extensive use of seldom-seen material (including police and detective reports, photographs of the murder scene, Manson family-member parole trial transcripts, and interviews with principal and secondary characters like Tate’s mother, Doris, and surviving relatives of other Manson family victims), King unflinchingly re-creates the brutality and utter randomness of the events of early August 1969. King includies some lucid and trenchant observations on the continuing cult of Manson and the merchandising of Manson’s image.