Chaos by Tom O'Neill

Chaos

A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders brings shocking revelations about the most infamous crimes in American history: carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and even potential surveillance by intelligence agents. What really happened in 1969? In 1999, when Tom O'Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirtieth anniversary of the Manson murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Weren't the facts ...


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TitleChaos
Author
Release DateJun 25th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, History, Mystery
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Reviews Chaos

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    1970-01-01
    ”Manson himself had a fondness for the same phrase: ‘I am the man in the mirror,’ he said. ‘Anything you see in me is in you, I am you, and when you can admit that you will be free.” Who is Charles Manson?This book began as a 5000 word piece for Premiere Magazine with the subject expected to be Manson and Hollywood. Tom O’Neill did not make that magazine deadline or even the deadline after that. His concept of the narrative and the re...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    This was a wild ride. The author was assigned to write an article for Premier magazine about the effects the Manson murders had on the community for the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the savagery. He spent the next two decades consumed by his investigations. This book is the result of his fixation. What he learned contradicted many things in Bugliosi’s bestselling Helter Skelter. On top of that, a lot of events and people were simply omitte...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    I am shelving this book as unfinished and unrated for now. As I have eye surgery scheduled for this week and next I need to switch to something shorter and less demanding in time and details. It is almost 600 pages of small print. Well, I went back to the book and found it tedious, and was feeling I had spent the entire 20 years of the author’s painstaking research and interviews tagging along behind him or listening in. I feel 20 years older ...
  • Chuck
    1970-01-01
    Stayed up all night reading this one. Without a doubt the most mind blowing book I've read in a while. I'm not sure what to believe now, but if this guy's even half sane the Charles Manson story is a much different story than we've all been led to believe. My mind is BLOWN.
  • Natalie Carbery
    1970-01-01
    Take a deep breath. Consider everything you think you know about the Manson Family. Breathe out. This book is one man's journey (one that absolutely consumed his life) to find the truth in the hazy pockets of the Manson trial. O'Neill takes his readers down plenty of rabbit holes based in his own suspicions and questions. Why is it that some major witnesses not called to testify? How did a known convict slip through every possibly crack until it ...
  • TERRY
    1970-01-01
    Tom O'Neill has done some serious research for his book and raises some good questions. But the book is very convoluted, full of theories and conjecture. Many of O'Neill's leads and theories were all over the place. I kept waiting for the aha moment to come as to what really happened in 1969. His dislike of Vincent Bugliosi is palpable. It was a tedious read for me. I received my copy through a Goodreads Giveaway for my honest review.
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    This book is nothing but bonkers conspiracy theories AND I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT!
  • Lynn Hill
    1970-01-01
    What an interesting and thought provoking book. It really does make one wonder just what lies we get told. Thank you Tom for this great book!
  • John Katsanakis
    1970-01-01
    The first thing you should know about this book is that it’s less a conspiracy theory tome and more a narrative following the author’s 20 year investigation— and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s all the better for this. Author O’Neill freely admits when he hit a dead end or failed to prove something. What he is able to prove is exciting and interesting enough, but what kept me hooked throughout was following his journey. If you’re com...
  • Natalie
    1970-01-01
    Holy cow, that was a RIDE. Like any good conspiracy/hidden history book, ultimately there’s no answer and Tom O’Neill doesn’t claim to have one. But he spent twenty years uncovering a ridiculous number of threads, suppressed evidence, lies officially stamped by law enforcement, and outright prosecutorial misconduct and suborning perjury at Vincent Bugliosi’s hands. There’s a lot here to shock and delight any fan of conspiracies in histo...
  • Gram
    1970-01-01
    The title of this book is misleading. Although Charles Manson and the reasons for the horrific murders his followers carried out on his orders is described in detail, large parts of the story are merely a regurgitation of facts already known about the 1960's, such as the CIA's "Operation CHAOS" and FBI's Cointelpro - aimed at disrupting and discrediting various protest organisations of the time, the incredible tale of Louis Jolyon "Jolly" West - ...
  • Debi
    1970-01-01
    I am still in awe and processing what I just finished reading but first, I must congratulate Mr. O'Neill on this book. I would definitely like to shake his hand for still standing after the 20 year journey he took in getting to the last page.I have a pretty good grasp of Manson and his case which started years ago probably after seeing a rerun of the TV version of 'Helter Skelter but he definitely puts it in a different light....one that makes me...
  • Sasha
    1970-01-01
    First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting to find out more. I would recommend this.
  • Christina Ellsberg
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. I was up until 4 am several nights because I couldn’t put it down. Thorough, intricate, and utterly riveting. I am impressed and horrified by the work that went into this account.
  • Heidi
    1970-01-01
    I'll read just about anything on Manson but this, sadly, was just as the title implied -- chaos.
  • Lynn Hill
    1970-01-01
    What an interesting and thought provoking book. It really does make one wonder just what lies we get told. Thank you Tom for this great book!
  • Janice Lombardo
    1970-01-01
    Intense and thorough research into to 60's and 70's. Since I was in college in the 60's - I found this read extremely interesting! Fascinating - yet this book opens up even more avenues to question. I read Helter Skelter decades ago, as did my mom and my friends. However, that book pales in comparison to Tom O'Neill's CHAOS.A poignant story of the Manson Murders. Also includes the Manson Family, JFK assassination, Black Panthers, Jolly Wes,t Haig...
  • Jake
    1970-01-01
    I view conspiracy theories the same way agnostics view God: if a conspiracy existed, it would have to be quite large and involve an incredible amount of competent people who are both good and lucky and have incentives to keep their mouths shut. Thus, that makes conspiracies unlikely…but not impossible. I don’t submit to 9/11 conspiracy theories but even now, I still can’t fully accept that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman. I don’t know...
  • Missy (myweereads)
    1970-01-01
    “I am the man in the mirror, anything you see in me is in you, I am you, and when you can admit that you will be free..” - Charles MansonChaos by Tom O’Neil is one inane ride into a mans two decade long obsession with what went down during the summer of love. What was suppose to be a magazine article to see the impact the Manson murders had on the community turned into a two decade long obsession. Tom looks at a plethora of theories surroun...
  • Jeff Suwak
    1970-01-01
    I've been fairly obsessed with the Manson case for years, particularly its implications regarding the covert operations being carried out at that time. I thought I knew about as much as anyone out there...and then I read this book. This work is about so, so much more than the Manson Family. The author apparently sacrificed a lot to conduct decades of research, but I hope he knows that from my perspective anyway it was infinitely worth it. This bo...
  • Lynn Keith
    1970-01-01
    FascinatingThis was an amazing, fascinating read. I picked it up on a whim and really didn't expect to be pulled into it the way I was. After all, everyone over a certain age knows all about Charlie Manson and the murders. I read "Helter Skelter" in high school. I took it as gospel. Now I know it's not. In high school, it is normal for everything to be black or white. As we get older we see that most things are actually valued in shades of gray. ...
  • Lisa Mancini
    1970-01-01
    If you want to know about Charles Manson and his 'family' then read HELTER SKELTER by Vince Bugliosi. This book reads like a pamphlet compared to Bugliosi' s comprehensive tome.
  • Natalie Carbery
    1970-01-01
    Take a deep breath. Consider everything you think you know about the Manson Family. Breathe out. This book is one man's journey (one that absolutely consumed his life) to find the truth in the hazy pockets of the Manson trial. O'Neill takes his readers down plenty of rabbit holes based in his own suspicions and questions. Why is it that some major witnesses not called to testify? How did a known convict slip through every possibly crack until it ...
  • Sean Jamieson
    1970-01-01
    This is such a thought provoking read. The amount of never before seen documentation on the subject of the Manson murders - uncovered by the author, is quite staggering. All this new information had my mind racing to connect the dots, yet dreading where it all might lead. After all these years and all the press, I thought I knew this subject cold, but it turns out that the twenty years of gumshoeing by the author just changed all that. Great book...
  • John Owen
    1970-01-01
    I cannot believe how interesting and insane everything in Chaos is. It makes me badly want to go around uncovering things.
  • Laura Newsholme
    1970-01-01
    There is an awful lot to take in here, but ultimately I found the book pretty unsatisfying because as the author asks himself frequently throughout, where does it all go? This details the investigation into Charles Manson and the Family following the brutal Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, but also looks at the various inconsistencies in the prosecution's case, the possible links between Manson and the CIA and consequently the Kennedy Assassination...
  • Matthew Pugliese
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed digging into this. It's a fascinating look into one of the wildest times in American history.
  • Space
    1970-01-01
    A tedious read, full of speculation and discoveries that reveal not much of anything. For a book about Manson there is surprisingly little about Manson or the Manson Family. Tom O’Neil writes that he interviewed 1000 people for the book, which is a shocking number considering no one who was actually a part of the Manson Family appears in the book! I don’t know if they wouldn’t talk to him, or he couldn’t find them, but O’Neil spends a l...
  • Janice Lombardo
    1970-01-01
    An intricate and exciting review of the 60's and 70's!
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    This was a good reminder that the human tendency for superstition and magical thinking is not limited to religious ideology. Oooo MK Ultra! Oooo the CIA! Ooooo the Kennedy Assassination. Drugs turn you into mindless automatons capable of everything under the sun! We're all government puppets! If person A happens to be in the same part of the country as person B in the same time period then they must be colluding in something nefarious! If person ...