by Larry Simons
June 12, 2015
Former Los Angeles County district attorney and best-selling author Vincent Bugliosi, died of cancer last Saturday at the age of 80. Bugliosi successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials without a single loss. His most notable case, the Tate-LaBianca murders saw a successful prosecution of Charles Manson.
In 1974, Bugliosi wrote of the Manson murders in the book Helter Skelter, which went on to become the #1 best selling true crime book of all time. He went on to write 11 more books in his lifetime, which included my personal favorites, "Outrage" about the O.J. Simpson murders, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" and "Divinity of Doubt", his final book.
I was a big fan of Bugliosi's work and his stance on religion. He was a staunch agnostic. Although I did not agree with his stance on the Kennedy assassination which was the basis for his book, "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy", I was still a huge admirer of his work.
He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Gail and his two children, Wendy and Vincent Jr.