The Crime Writers' Association

Non-fiction 2014

Jeff Guinn
Simon & Schuster

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A longtime journalist who has won any US awards for investigative journalism, Guinn has written the most extensive account of how a minor juvenile delinquent – lacking in height or any physical attraction – became the charismatic leader of a cult responsible for the murder of nine people in California. The author sets this horrifying story within the wider context of the late 1960s, a time of turbulent unrest.