Saturday, March 17, 2012

179. Hendricksons' "Death to Pigs" (2 of 3)

As those who've read this blog know, I have a lot of issues with the sloppy history Ed Sanders presented in his book The Family: The Story of Charles Manson's Dune Buggy Attack Battalion, particularly the "facts" that Sanders presented about Krishna Venta in the book, which Sanders presumably plucked out of his ear.

Page 502 of Hendrickson's book contains a comment by Vincent Bugliosi regarding Ed Sanders, in which Bugliosi says:
[The book The Family is] full of misstatements of facts...[and Sanders] engages in gross speculation.  For instance, uh, [Sanders will] say, "It is believed that Manson said this," or he'll come out, right out and say, "Manson said this."  [Sanders] won't say to whom [Manson] said it, [Sanders] wont' say when [Manson] said it, [Sanders] won't say where [Manson] said it.  [Sanders] constantly draws...completely unwarranted inferences, [Sanders] doesn't state any bases or any facts...[Sanders] doesn't grasp the significance of [the Tate/LaBianca] murders, the sociological importance...

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