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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, seemingly incapable of such an unfathomable crime.Award-winning journalist Nikki Meredith began visiting Van Houten and Krenwinkel in prison to discover how they had changed during their incarceration. The more Meredith got to know them, the more she was lured into a deeper dilemma: What compels "normal" people to do unspeakable things?The author's relationship with her subjects provides a chilling lens through which we gain insight into a particular kind of woman capable of a particular kind of brutality. Through their stories, Nikki Meredith takes readers on a dark journey into the very heart of evil....

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

  • Lisa Gallagher

    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 friendship; it was always intended as a vehicle to help her write and publish a book. For 20 years she wrote and visited these two women, perpetrators of the ghastliest crimes in American history. She does reveal som ...more

  • Trish

    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 - Krenwinkel and Van Houten other than to publish a book that advocates parole for Leslie Van Houten. If the comparison was that Mason was equivalent to Hitler in convincing people to carry out his orders, then again ... so
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  • Meike

    This book is severely lacking focus: Although it is marketed as being a current portrait of Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, it is in fact a memoir of Nikki Meredith that contains parts in which she talks to the aforementioned women and some of their relatives. I guess that Meredith's basic question was how these women were able to commit such heinous crimes, but instead of taking a journalistic or research-based approach, she chooses to a) radically relate all incidents to her own lif ...more

  • Tad

    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 could lead to such brutal acts.

    This book is about murder. It is about anti Semitism. It is about cults and the people who fall into them. It is about not seeing the signs and not helping others when they need it. And
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  • Allisonlcarter

    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 hard to grapple with the idea that yes, they are humans, they are made of the same wonder and horror we all are.

    I hoped that this book might shed some light on how to reconcile one of the most notorious American crimes wi
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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    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 in LA. While author Nikki Meredith also interviewed former Manson member Tex Watson in prison, she established a twenty-year relationship visiting Van Houten and Krenwinkel at the Frontera prison where they both are inm
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  • Jill Crosby

    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.

    Instead, this is what the reader was served: lengthy chunks of the author’s memoir interwoven with “interviews” of the Manson Girls, then awkwardly forced to reveal a connection to the situations of her subjects;

    The author bec
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  • Erin

    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 completely coerced into committing the crimes? Should they continue to be held responsible for what happened while they were under the influence of mind control? Their story continues in the present, as they're cont ...more