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April 8, 2010 |
Danny Galindo, a retired Los Angeles police detective who helped investigate the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders, died of a heart ailment Tuesday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, his family said. He was 88. "He was an important member of the Manson murders investigative team," said Vincent Bugliosi, who was the chief prosecutor in the case. Cult leader Charles Manson and several followers were sentenced to death (later reduced to life terms) in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and five others.
August 8, 2009
Vincent Bugliosi has moved on, but the world hasn't. Forty years after the impossibly grisly Tate-LaBianca murders, he is still "the Manson prosecutor. " This, in spite of his many books since, arguing with magisterial fury about the JFK assassination, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Bush vs. Gore case and now the Iraq war. His book about the murders masterminded by Charles Manson, "Helter Skelter," written with coauthor Curt Gentry, hasn't been out of print since it appeared in 1974. It's blurbed as the bestselling true-crime book of all time, at what Bugliosi figures is about 7 million copies.
July 24, 2009 |
Playwrights are known to cultivate their own informal repertory of most-favored actors, and Neil LaBute is certainly no exception. His stable of reliable thespians includes Aaron Eckhart, Paul Rudd, Stephen Pasquale and Ron Eldard. Next month, Eldard will take one of the lead roles in LaBute's "Helter Skelter," a one-act play about a married couple to run Aug. 21 to Sept. 12 at Hollywood's Open Fist Theatre. The play follows the deteriorating relationship between a husband and wife when a cellphone call interrupts their conversation.
July 15, 2008 |
Everyone has had the experience of disagreeing with a critic, but do critics ever second-guess themselves? We asked Calendar's critics whether there are any reviews they regret. One in a series of occasional articles. -- When "Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s" opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art shortly after New Year's in 1992, the show marked a cultural turning point.
May 16, 2004 |
There have long been parts whose talismanic potency has shaped the lives of the actors who've inhabited them. Bela Lugosi was never bigger than as Dracula; Christopher Reeve was forever marked by his association with Superman, Man of Steel. Almost 30 years after he starred in the original 1976 miniseries "Helter Skelter," actor Steve Railsback wonders if playing mass murderer Charles Manson ruined his career.
May 15, 2004 |
It's 2004 and apparently time for another dramatic reenactment of the Sharon Tate murders. Sunday night brings us "Helter Skelter," the second -- and hopefully the last -- adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi's true-crime memoir of the Manson Family. The movie has its points, but enough is enough. And it's not as if Charlie has been absent from our cultural midst in the 28 years since the last version.