Lis Wiehl with Caitlin Rother
Nelson Books (2018)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (7/18)
“Hunting Charles Manson” by Lis Wiehl provides an extraordinary look inside the psyche of Charles Manson and his Family. It never ceases to amaze me the total fascination with this cult-like family’s gruesome murders of Sharon Tate, and Leo and Rosemary LaBianca in the summer of 1969.
think I have read almost every book on Charles Manson and his followers, but I have to say Wiehl’s book not only had my head shaking in disbelief regarding the bungling by law enforcement, the total disregard of not sharing information with other involved agencies, and the almost seemingly forgotten other victims and their families. I mean, who in law enforcement walks through blood at the crime scenes or handles evidence with their bare hands? Who blatantly ignores parole violations, or assumes someone like Manson even touches base with his probation officer?
As a Dr. of Psychology and numerous criminal justice college-level courses, it just does a number on my brain. I am so fascinated by the detailed insight Wiehl presents on Manson’s psychology and his ability to weave the truth to recruit somewhat regular individuals into his family. Even today some of his followers refuse to admit their part in the murders and commit to silence rather than put the blame on Manson.
The authors present a different type of research-based information for “Hunting Charles Manson” which includes the life on the Spahn Ranch, key players involved in the murders and current information from inside prison, parole meetings, and Manson’s relationships. It truly provides detailed information on how demented individuals think and behave. Once readers begin to read this fact filled book it will be hard to put down. It is a unique look at motives, control and revenge for those who did not follow Manson’s orders.
I will warn reader’s that it can alarming to read about the murders, sex orgies and drug addiction. Having said that, this is a true crime read based on interviews, court documents and factual information researched over the years. I appreciate the fact that the authors started from the beginning with information from Helter Skelter to 2018.
I would highly recommend “Hunting Charles Manson” by Lis Wiehl for anyone interested in true crime as well as those like me who like to take a peek into these types of individuals and ask the question, “Why?”