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He had an incredible life and will be remembered…
Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor of Charles Manson and his cult murders, and best selling author of Helter Skelter, has passed away at 80 after battling cancer for years.
Bugliosi was born in 1934 in Hibbing, Minnesota. He attended the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida and ended up with a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vincent was an L.A. county prosecutor in 1969 when he took on his most famous case, Charles Manson.
Manson and his cult "family" were responsible for the murders in the late ‘60s of actress Sharon Tate while she was pregnant as well as quite a few other victims including Jay Sebring, a Hollywood hairdresser, Abigail Folger, heiress to the coffee company, Voityck Fryowksi a Polish director, and Steven Parent, the friend of a caretaker.
Bugliosi was one of the lawyers who was put on the team of prosecutors after these murders as well as several others that followed, had an open investigation. Bugliosi wasn't well known at the time by any means and when arrests were finally made for the murders. It was Aaron Stovitz, a more veteran prosecutor, that was given the lead on the case while Bugliosi was assigned to second chair.
Apparently though, Stovitz made a comment to the media that he boss didn't agree with and they had a dispute and he was removed from the case. It was at this time Bugliosi stepped up as the lead. The case which prosecuted Manson as well as his female followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten was quite famous as it was large scale look into the drug and sex fueled murders following Manson's twisted beliefs.
Not only did Bugliosi interview 84 different witnesses, he also introduced 290 pieces of evidence during the trial that lasted 9 ½ months. There were several oddities about the trial including the witnesses who were called who quite often acted deranged and would sing out and praise Manson. There was also the tragic death of the defense lawyer who was found dead after he disappeared. Though there was no foul play Bugliosi maintained there was foul play but none was found.
Bugliosi went on to write, what many people also remember him for, Helter Skelter his account that chronicled the murders and trial of the Manson killings. It ended up becoming one of the greatest and best selling crime books of all time.
Bugliosi is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail and his two children, Wendy and Vince Jr.
His courage and commitment to justice will always be remembered and he will be missed.
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