Helter Skelter

Synopsis: A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): John Gray
Production: Lakeside Productions
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations.
180 min


So is he coming or what?

- He'll be here.

- I hope.

He's gonna straighten this all out.

- He wants his money.

- What money, man?

He says you have money.

- He wants it.

- Bobby, if I had any fricking money...

...I would have given it to you

the first time you hit me, all right?

You know?

Charlie, hey.

What's going on, man? Hey.

Here's what you're gonna do, unless

you want to lose your other ear.

- What's that?

- No. No!

You're gonna sign over

everything you have to us.

What is everything?

Everything means everything.

Everywhere you look. There's a house,

that's part of everything, we'll take it.

Is that a car outside?

We'll take that too.


I want that money that you owe me,

and if you don't pay me...

...what you owe me,

then I'll pay you what you owe me.

- Okay.

- Okay, okay.

Okay. Charlie. Okay. Okay.

Okay. Okay, okay.

Here, take... Take it!

That's it. That's the house.

That's the car.

That's all I got, l... I swear.

There's no money.

That's it, man.

We ain't gonna get nothing out of him.

We can't leave him.

He'll call the police.

Well, you know what to do.

Bobby, no.

Don't do this, man.

Bobby, don't do it.

Don't do it, man! No! No!

It's like being in a movie.

Yeah, Charlie has a deal with the owner.

And we help him run the place.

There's about 25 of us here altogether.

Charlie takes real good care of us.

He's like our savior.

When do I meet Charlie?

I don't know.

And don't ask.

He'll find you.

Thanks for telling me

about this place, Gypsy.

- I had nowhere else to go.

- Sure. Hey, guys.


- This is Linda.

- Hi.

Linda, Sadie...

...Katie, Paul.

- Hey.

- And Tex over there.

- What's her name?

- Tanya.

- She's beautiful.

- Thank you.

We'll see you at dinner.

Don't worry.

She'll be with all the other kids.

See, Charlie wants all the children raised by

everybody, not just the mother, the father.

He says that that's how we get rid of the

ego that parents put in their kids. Come on.


Hey, George.

- Hey, Squeaky.

- Hi.

This here is Linda.

- Howdy.

- She's gonna be staying with us.

Linda, this is George Spahn.

He's the owner of the ranch.

And this is Squeaky.

She's like his Seeing Eye dog.

L... I wanted a few things out of that.

What's yours is ours,

and what's ours is yours.

Do you have any credit cards?

- No.

- Driver's license?


- I wanted that picture of my mother.

- No, you don't.

Welcome to the family.

Man, I guess I goofed

that one up too, didn't I?

Listen, I can play, man.

I can play.

I just, I'm not used to all these...

...microphone things pointing at you...

- Dennis.

Where'd you find this guy?

He found me.

Him and his pack lived with me.

Got too crazy though.

- Kicked him out?

- I had to move out.

Bought a new house.

My manager got rid of him eventually.

Give him some happy right now.

- Has he done anything?

- Put one of his songs on our 20/20 album.

B-side of a single.

Didn't make much noise.

I feel that happy.

Okay, now, Rosie...

- Was he really in prison?

- Major.

Got out a couple years ago.

- Is he dangerous?

- Look at his eyes, you tell me.

People will love him for that alone.

Hey, listen, let me explain something to

you, man. I wrote a couple hundred songs.

And then I get down here,

and I just, you know, kind of forgot.

Charlie, this is Terry Melcher.

He manages some great bands.

- I've heard a lot about you, Charlie.

- Oh, man, man.

I wish someone would have let me know

that you were coming down, man.

This is what I'm trying to do, man.

I'm trying to take that sound and stretch

it out. So maybe we could...

...play it back and see if there's something

that looks like a song in there.

And get it out, man.

Because I've got to get an album out.

- What's the rush, Charlie?

- How about I got plans. I got a message.

How about you know what I got. You know

what I'm talking about and you know...

...wouldn't it be nice,

as you would say, Mr. Beach Boy...

...if I didn't have any

of my words changed this time.

We made your song better, Charlie.

Oh, now see, you made my song bomb.

See, you only had the B right there,

Beach Boy.

You know, by the way, the official title of

that song, you know, we like to call that...

...,, Dennis Wilson Is a Real Wussy.,,

You'd think he'd be happy having

a tune on an album. Not Charlie.

Look, I'll tell you what.

We'll get some people together

out to the ranch...

...you play, we can see

what you're about.

What kind of people you talking about?

Record-type guys?

Absolutely. You can tell them

some of your prison stories.

- And maybe Terry will come.

- If I can.

Don't count on it.

Nice to meet you.

- I'm going to count on it.

- Don't count on it. If I could...

How about absolutely Thursday?

How about absolutely...?

- I got a busy week.

- Bring them contracts.

Well, I heard something about...

What was it, Thursday?

His friends missed him at some

bagpipe parade in Santa Monica.

Bagpipe parade?

Well, that could certainly explain

getting stabbed to death.


Gary Hinman, music teacher.

Multiple stab wounds in the chest,

and his left ear has been cut off.

Oh, yeah, and the neighbor

says his car is missing.

Is that blood?

It's being tested, but yeah, it is.

Black Panthers?

Open wide.

Far out.

Thank you.

- There you go.

- That's all for you.

I hear that.

No, not yet.

We have to wait till the dogs eat

before the girls do.


Is that what you said?

That word...

...I can't even get it out of my mouth.

- Gypsy, help me out.

- She said... Why?

That word. There's no such thing as

that word here.,, Why,...

...is banned.,, Why,, don't belong here.

,, Why,, is just...

How come you don't know that?

She just came today, Charlie.

Well, why don't you tell me about it?

I split up with my husband.

Actually, he dumped us.

Me and my daughter.

We were all gonna go down

to South America.

Where you been living?

We were staying in some pretty cool

communes in New Mexico...

...and then we came down here.

So, what are you looking for, woman?

Wait, let me think. Jesus, maybe?

You looking for old J.C.?

I don't know.


Well, if you're looking to do

your looking around here...

Excuse me, darling.

You're gonna have to

bring us something.

Bring you what?

Well, I don't know.

You got to look around you.

And don't look from here.

You got to look from right here.

Look out there.

Look at the people you know.

You see them out there?

What do they have?

Look at all they have,

and ask yourself, from here...

...you really think they need all of that?

All those dollar bills and all them cars?


So let your heart bring us something...

...that will show us your heart.

We met the Beach Boys today.

One of the Beach Boys,

Dennis Wilson.

Is that the one that sings real high?

They all sing real high, Sadie.

Well, it was a Beach Boy, anyway.

Who was the other guy?

- Doris Day's son.

- Really?

Terry Melcher.

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Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent T. Bugliosi, Jr. (; August 18, 1934 – June 6, 2015) was an American attorney and New York Times bestselling author. During his eight years in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, which included 21 murder convictions, without a single loss. He was best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and other defendants accused of the seven Tate–LaBianca murders of August 9–10, 1969. Although Manson did not physically participate in the murders at Sharon Tate's home, Bugliosi used circumstantial evidence to show that he had orchestrated the killings. After leaving the Los Angeles district attorney's office in 1972, Bugliosi turned to private practice and represented three criminal defendants, achieving successful acquittals on behalf of all three—the most famous of which was Stephanie Stearns (referred to as "Jennifer Jenkins" in his book), whom he defended for the murder of Eleanor "Muff" Graham which occurred on the South Pacific island of Palmyra Atoll. The case was the subject of his 1991 #1 New York Times bestselling book And the Sea Will Tell that he wrote with Bruce Henderson. He turned down opportunities to represent famous defendants Jeffrey MacDonald and Dan White because he did not represent anyone whom he believed to be guilty of murder.Bugliosi, along with Curt Gentry, authored the book Helter Skelter in 1974, which presented the account of the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Charles Manson and the Manson family. He later wrote Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. more…

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