Curt Gentry, Co-Author of HELTER SKELTER, Dies at 83
Curt Gentry, American writer, best known for co-authoring (with Vincent Bugliosi), the 1974 book Helter Skelter, on the Charles Manson murders has died of lung cancer. He was 83 years old. Gentry lived in San Francisco, California.
J. Edgar Hoover won the 1992 PEN Center West Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
The book recounts and assesses the investigation, arrest and prosecution of Charles Manson and his followers for the notorious 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, actress Sharon Tate and several others.
The book takes its title from the apocalyptic race war which Manson believed would occur, which in turn took its name from "Helter Skelter" by The Beatles. Manson had been particularly fascinated by the Beatles' White Album, from which the song came. Helter Skelter won a 1975 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime book.