The Manson Women and Me by Nikki Meredith

The Manson Women and Me

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...

Details The Manson Women and Me

TitleThe Manson Women and Me
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherCitadel Press
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Mystery, Biography Memoir, Religion, Cults

Reviews The Manson Women and Me

  • Meike
    This book is severely lacking focus: Although it is marketed as being a current portrait of Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, it is in fact a memoir of Nikki Meredith that contains parts in which she talks to the aforementioned women and some of their relatives. I guess that Meredith's basic question was how these women were able to commit such heinous crimes, but instead of taking a journalistic or research-based approach, she chooses t...
  • Brooke
    3.5 starsIt 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...
  • Meow
    It can be said that the Manson Family murders killed the 60’s. I have never forgotten “Tex” Watson’s (the lone male who participated in the murders) words when asked by the victims at Cielo Drive “Who are you?” to which Watson replied “I am the Devil and I’m here to do the Devil’s business”. I’d always been puzzled and a bit fascinated by The Manson Girls. What struck me most about these young girls Leslie Van Houten, Patric...
  • Kayo
    A lot of research went in this book, that you can tell. Not sure about the authors personal life, how it connected. Felt a bit disconnected for me in that easy. Overall book was interesting. Thank you to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Kathy Cunningham
    Nikki Meredith’s THE MANSON WOMEN AND ME is ostensibly an examination of Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, two of the women who committed multiple murders for Charles Manson back in 1969. Meredith, an award-winning journalist and licensed social worker, spent twenty years getting to know Leslie and Pat – she visited both of them regularly in prison, corresponded with them, and interviewed their family members, former Manson cohorts, ...
  • R.J.
    I received a free copy of the e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review which you can read at lucieninthestars.caI finished this book a few days ago but it has taken me since then to really think about how to go about this review. It’s a bit of a sensitive topic, so I will not be posting this review here, rather just keeping it on my blog so as to better control the comments. Also please note that while my review is free of trigger...
  • Whitney
    3.5 starsAn interesting, easy read. Overall I found the author's inclusion of memoir bits to be distracting, but she does have some intriguing insights into Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkle from her long-term communications with them, as well as into how the crimes changed US society as a whole.