The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality, and Murder

The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality, and Murder

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, In the summer of 1969, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel carried out horrific acts of butchery on the orders of t...

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Title:The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality, and Murder
Author:Nikki Meredith
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0806538589
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality, and Murder Reviews

  • marissa sammy
    Aug 01, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

  • Lisa Gallagher
    May 13, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

  • Tara
    Mar 13, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

    While I think that the premise was interesting, I feel like the book missed the mark. The author set out to make some grand point about morality but what transpired was a weirdly personal story about her own Jewishness, her relationship with an abusive boyfriend, and her relationsh...

    This book may be about murders that took place fifty years ago but it could not feel more relevant to today. If you?ve ever wondered what could possess people to commit despicable acts that are just downright cruel or vicious, this book gives a deep dive into the circumstances that c...

    Nikki Meredith is a journalist who interviewed two of the Manson Girls ( Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel) for over two decades at the California prison where both women are still incarcerated. She weaves their stories and time period of the late 60s with her own experiences a...

    More insight than usual into the Manson Women I've read most every book ever written about the Manson Family and that horrendous two nights in 1969. I was 14 at the time yet remember hearing about the murders like it was yesterday. I have since watched interviews on tv with Leslie a...

    I agree with many of the other reviews that the author?s attempts at relating Charles Manson to her Jewish heritage are a stretch, but I did find this book interesting overall. This was also the first book I?ve read about the Manson Family, so I don?t have a strong base for compa...

    This is a more complex book than the title, and cover might suggest - part true crime, part memoir, with servings of history and psychology which add up to a personal meditation on the nature of evil, and the possibility of redemption. The Manson murders - and in particular, two of the...

  • Juliette
    Jun 13, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

    While I think that the premise was interesting, I feel like the book missed the mark. The author set out to make some grand point about morality but what transpired was a weirdly personal story about her own Jewishness, her relationship with an abusive boyfriend, and her relationsh...

    This book may be about murders that took place fifty years ago but it could not feel more relevant to today. If you?ve ever wondered what could possess people to commit despicable acts that are just downright cruel or vicious, this book gives a deep dive into the circumstances that c...

    Nikki Meredith is a journalist who interviewed two of the Manson Girls ( Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel) for over two decades at the California prison where both women are still incarcerated. She weaves their stories and time period of the late 60s with her own experiences a...

  • Tad
    Jun 19, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

    While I think that the premise was interesting, I feel like the book missed the mark. The author set out to make some grand point about morality but what transpired was a weirdly personal story about her own Jewishness, her relationship with an abusive boyfriend, and her relationsh...

    This book may be about murders that took place fifty years ago but it could not feel more relevant to today. If you?ve ever wondered what could possess people to commit despicable acts that are just downright cruel or vicious, this book gives a deep dive into the circumstances that c...

  • Cara Ellison
    Jul 24, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

    While I think that the premise was interesting, I feel like the book missed the mark. The author set out to make some grand point about morality but what transpired was a weirdly personal story about her own Jewishness, her relationship with an abusive boyfriend, and her relationsh...

  • Keith Chawgo
    Apr 03, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

  • Bernadette
    Mar 12, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

  • Irene
    Mar 08, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

  • Jill Crosby
    May 31, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

  • Trish
    Apr 30, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

  • Allisonlcarter
    Apr 02, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

  • Erin
    Jul 08, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Mar 26, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

  • Kathy Cunningham
    Feb 25, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

  • Katie
    May 03, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

    While I think that the premise was interesting, I feel like the book missed the mark. The author set out to make some grand point about morality but what transpired was a weirdly personal story about her own Jewishness, her relationship with an abusive boyfriend, and her relationsh...

    This book may be about murders that took place fifty years ago but it could not feel more relevant to today. If you?ve ever wondered what could possess people to commit despicable acts that are just downright cruel or vicious, this book gives a deep dive into the circumstances that c...

    Nikki Meredith is a journalist who interviewed two of the Manson Girls ( Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel) for over two decades at the California prison where both women are still incarcerated. She weaves their stories and time period of the late 60s with her own experiences a...

    More insight than usual into the Manson Women I've read most every book ever written about the Manson Family and that horrendous two nights in 1969. I was 14 at the time yet remember hearing about the murders like it was yesterday. I have since watched interviews on tv with Leslie a...

    I agree with many of the other reviews that the author?s attempts at relating Charles Manson to her Jewish heritage are a stretch, but I did find this book interesting overall. This was also the first book I?ve read about the Manson Family, so I don?t have a strong base for compa...

  • Deb
    May 25, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

    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 ge...

    An epically proportional train wreck, PURPORTED to be about the author?s in-depth study of Leslie van Houten & Patricia Krenwinkle, two of Charles Manson?s primary ?killing lieutenants,? who actively participated in the slaughter of at least 7 human beings back in 1969. ...

    Since coming to work at a newspaper three years ago, I?ve become fascinated by the people we call monsters. At once the epithet is too easy and too hard. It?s too easy to say, those who do awful things are not like me. They are inhuman. Other. We can discard them. And it?s too ha...

    Author Nikki Meredith offers this exploration of her intimate friendships with Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, the two remaining Manson Family female killers, both incarcerated now for 47 years at Frontera Prison in California. Except that her relationship with them isn?t ...

    While I think that the premise was interesting, I feel like the book missed the mark. The author set out to make some grand point about morality but what transpired was a weirdly personal story about her own Jewishness, her relationship with an abusive boyfriend, and her relationsh...

    This book may be about murders that took place fifty years ago but it could not feel more relevant to today. If you?ve ever wondered what could possess people to commit despicable acts that are just downright cruel or vicious, this book gives a deep dive into the circumstances that c...

    Nikki Meredith is a journalist who interviewed two of the Manson Girls ( Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel) for over two decades at the California prison where both women are still incarcerated. She weaves their stories and time period of the late 60s with her own experiences a...

    More insight than usual into the Manson Women I've read most every book ever written about the Manson Family and that horrendous two nights in 1969. I was 14 at the time yet remember hearing about the murders like it was yesterday. I have since watched interviews on tv with Leslie a...

  • Richard
    Jul 18, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

  • Brooke
    Feb 25, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    Apr 03, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

  • Michelle
    Mar 17, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

  • Zephyrine
    Mar 20, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

    Nice addition to the library of material on the subject. ...

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I don't know where to start. I enjoy learning about true crimes and I love criminal psychology. I remember I was 14 years old when I first read about Mason and th...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Mar 10, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

  • Kayo
    Feb 17, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

    Honestly, the title has it backwards. Meredith spends more time on her own family dynamics and making the most tenuous of connections between herself and the Manson Family victims. She seems to be implying that since she's Jewish, she understands how the victims felt, or could easily h...

    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 ...

  • Milky Mixer
    Apr 14, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

  • Julie
    Apr 12, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

  • Barbara Carter
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....

    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 Mu...

    I have always been fascinated by cults. I find them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying. So, naturally, in high school I picked up a copy of Helter Skelter, learning all about the Manson Family. This book stayed with me and I actually ended up having to throw the book away bec...

    It would be impossible to write a book about the women in the Manson family and have it not be interesting. Even all these decades later, the story of this cult is still shocking and mystifying to many people. How did a group of seemingly 'normal' girls turn into murderers? Were they c...

    I really liked this book. I, as a person who likes going deeper into why people do some of the things they do. And if you are that kind of person then I think you will like this book. Also, as a teen I had read two books on the Manson Family that were published in the 70s. I as a young...

  • Meike
    Feb 13, 2018

    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 M...

  • Meow
    Feb 18, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

  • Kay Sundstrom
    May 20, 2018

    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 M...

    3.5 Stars. As a child I had a fascination with the Manson killings. I read at a very early age and I used to steal my older brother?s books to read at night when I should have been asleep (then hid the books under my mattress). One of the books I should NOT have read was Vincent Bu...

    Thank you to the publisher Kensington Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This book focuses primarily on Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, members of the notorious Manson family imprisoned since the 1970s involving the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders i...

    Journalist Nikki Meredith spent more than twenty years getting to know Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten and takes a deep dive into studying how they became involved with Charles Manson. She does a very involved look at what it takes to get to the point that they were at when t...

    3.5 stars 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...

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf I wanted this one to work for me but sadly it did not and here is why. There is no doubt that Nikki Meredith has a strong obsession with the Manson Murders, but where this book fell flat for me is its complete failure to divulge into the psych...

    The history of Charles Manson and the pure evil and terror that followed in the Tate-LaBianca murder?s that altered the peaceful social fabric of the U.S. in August 1969. The knowledge that innocent people were slaughtered without a reason or motive; horrified the nation. Nikki Mered...

    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 ...

    Nikki Meredith?s personal experiences and relationships with Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten is a fascinating and in depth dealing with understanding and empathy. The book is not a sensationalised account of two murderers and a journalist hoping to find an angle that will p...

    A more apt title for this book would be Me, and oh by the way I mention the Manson Women Murderers ... This book meanders all over the place and I'm not sure what comparisons, if any, the author attempted to draw from sharing her life experience/background with the two women - Kren...

    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 wonderin...

    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....