In the summer of 1969, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel carried out horrific acts of butchery on the orders of the charismatic cult leader Charles Manson. At their murder trial the following year, lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi described the two so-called Manson Women as "human monsters." But to anyone who knew them growing up, they were bright, promising girls, seemingly incapable of such an unfathomable crime.Award-winning journalist Nikki Meredith began visiting Van Houten and Krenwinkel in prison to discover how they had changed during their incarceration. The more Meredith got to know them, the more she was lured into a deeper dilemma: What compels "normal" people to do unspeakable things?The author's relationship with her subjects provides a chilling lens through which we gain insight into a particular kind of woman capable of a particular kind of brutality. Through their stories, Nikki Meredith takes readers on a dark journey into the very heart of evil....
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The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality, and Murder Reviews
This book could have been so much better and was a complete missed opportunity by the author. Many members of the Manson Family, the prosecution, and relatives of the victims have written memoirs, given interviews, appeared on television, and have told the story of the Tate-LaBianca Murders from every side. But Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie van Houten, 2 of the 3 women who participated in the infamous 1960s murders, have been relatively reclusive over the nearly-50 years they've spent in prison ...more
The Manson Women and Me by Nikki Meredith is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late March.
A interview study of Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, each members of the notorious Manson family, who have been in prison since 1971. Although the content of her interviews is useful and interesting, the author likens Charles Manson's cult and portrayal in the media to her experiences within an upper middle class Jewish family, enduring racial slurs, and the cooccurences between victims and ...more
Nikki Meredith investigates the lives of two of the Manson women since their incarceration - a study on character and what causes people to do horrific crimes. The book is well written and really makes you think - how did Manson hold such control over these young, ordinary women that they did whatever he asked? How does society view people who commit such crimes and is there ever hope for rehabilitation? Really makes you think.
Netgalley provided me with free digital access to this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
Looking back, I'm not sure what I expected when I requested this title. Maybe because I had just read Dianne Lake's memoir about her own time in the Family....I really don't know. This is basically what the title says it is: writings about two of the "Manson women" and the author, Nikki Meredith. Meredith makes a lot of comparisons between her own life and those of Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krensw ...more
There's not a lot of new information on the Manson family (or Manson Women) contained in this book and for some reason the author has rambled on, jumping from decade to decade without much rhyme or reason. It's the 90s, then it's 2001 and then it's 1940 something and I am left wondering why I need to know that the author was having dreams about Hitler unless that somehow fits in with the ties they want to show that the Tate/ Labianca murders had something to do with being Jewish. I'm also not en ...more
Meandering, specious and lacking perception. I was hoping to find an insightful exploration of why America's daughters became monsters. This book is not this. The writer tries to involve her own personal narrative into the story of these women, but it come across as facile and shallow. There were times I rolled my eyes. After awhile, I started to skim hoping to find something. Yes, there were bits and pieces, but overall the book is pointless, disorganized and adds little to a crime that subvert ...more
It is evident that a lot of time and research went into creating this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed parts of it. I haven’t read Helter Skelter, and I only have minimal knowledge about the Manson Family, so I went into this book a little blind. The author does a good job of covering the facts needed for this book, and I think she succeeded at making some insights into Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel’s involvement. I don’t know if it was her goal to spark sympathy for these wom ...more
I have read many books on the Manson family and their crimes. No matter how many books I read, I still come away asking "How did people get caught up with this man's way of thinking?" I was hoping this book would provide insight on this question. Although it was well written and the author seems to have done her homework, the question was not answered to me. These young girls looked innocent but was also very detached and just had a "dont care" attitude at the time of the trials. The interview w ...more