Prosecuting the president
By Joe Piasecki 07/31/2008Vincent Bugliosi is no left-leaning softie or fringe conspiracy theorist, and he does not take facts lightly.
As an LA County prosecutor with a flawless homicide conviction rate, Bugliosi put Charles Manson and his followers on Death Row for the infamous 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.
Of nine nonfiction books — including “Helter Skelter,” the story of the Manson case and the biggest-selling true-crime book of all time — it is his 1.5 million-word, 10,000-source tome affirming the findings of the Warren Commission and dissecting at length the varied alternate theories that the 73-year-old Bugliosi considers his greatest work. (“Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” is currently being made into a miniseries for HBO by Tom Hanks.)
Like much of today’s music and culture, computers are foreign to him, in part because Bugliosi associates the machines with “the country going down the tubes.” He keeps up a seven-day work week, doing all his research in libraries and with the help of a secretary, who also types up his handwritten manuscripts for publication.