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The gruesome murders of the beautiful and talented actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others that same night at the hands of the notorious “Manson family” rocked the nation. As one of the most horrific crimes in modern history, these atrocities, the trial, and the subsequent conviction of Charles Manson and his followers caused a media sensation, spawning movies, documentaries, and best-selling books, including the classic Helter Skelter. A defining moment in an era otherwise associated with radical peace, love, and understanding, this incident is one that still resonates with millions today.
Yet while this crime left an indelible mark on society’s consciousness, it was, first and foremost, a shattering personal tragedy for those closest to Sharon—the loving family left to cope with the emotional devastation of her loss. Now, after nearly 40 years, their story is finally revealed.
Compiled by close family friend Alisa Statman and Sharon’s niece, Brie Tate, Restless Souls draws on a wealth of material, including interviews with the Tates, personal letters, tape recordings, home movies, public interviews, private journals, and official documents to provide a powerful, poignant, and affecting four-decade, three-generation memoir of crime and punishment, anguish and hope, rage and love, that is both a chronicle of death and a celebration of life.
Extending beyond all previous accounts, Restless Souls is the most revealing, riveting, and emotionally raw account not just of these heinous murders, the hunt and capture of the killers, and the behind-the-scenes drama of their trials, but of the torment victims families' endure for years in the wake of such senseless violence.
Tate family members here set the record straight, correcting media misinformation and delving well beyond the official storyline to provide information, much of it available for the first time. Intimate, honest, and heartfelt, Restless Souls reveals remarkable details, including:


The dramatic role Sharon’s father, P.J., a retired Army intelligence officer, played in finding his daughter’s murderers
The reaction P.J. had when he came face to face—alone—with Sharon’s convicted killer in a holding room during a parole hearing
The threats and menace that extended beyond prison walls, haunting the victim’s family for generations later
The fight Sharon’s mother, Doris, mounted to insure the rights of victims’ loved ones, particularly the right to make an "impact statement" at parole hearings—a legacy that has helped keep dangerous criminals behind bars
The battles Sharon’s sister, Patti, waged with the entertainment industry as she tirelessly worked to prevent artists from glorifying her sister’s killers in music, art, and films
Told from the Tate’s extraordinary perspective Restless Souls offers a rare glimpse at the post-trauma survival of a family and their journey to find justice and, ultimately, peace—a glimpse that couldn’t be more timely as Charles Manson comes up for parole again in 2012.
©2012 Alisa Statman and Brie Tate (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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By keith on 09-18-12

A story of love and passion

What did you love best about Restless Souls?

The way the story was written and read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Restless Souls?

When the Tate family was able to see justice done and the fact that they continued to <br/>seek justice until they passed away. and their family is still continuing to seek it to this day

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Colonel Tate

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title fits perfectly

Any additional comments?

This may be the best audio book I have read yet. The story is well told and the narrators<br/>are outstanding,

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By Chris on 04-08-12

Restless Souls a Compelling Tale

What did you love best about Restless Souls?

This was an infamous crime, at last we have the story from the family most impacted by this tragedy.<br/>This family suffered the double blow of losing their daughter, and then having their daughter's reputation trashed by the press. As though the victims were somehow responsible for their fate.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It was a personal heartfelt account about the impact of crime, and its devastating effect on a family's life, long after the crime was committed. This courageous family overcame their loss and grief to confront the very perpetrators of this crime, to ensure they would not be released back into the community. A courageous act in itself given how many members of the

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

There were various narrators on this book, each representing a member of the Tate family.<br/>They did a marvellous job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Finding meaning and courage in the face of tragedy.<br/>

Any additional comments?

I feel for the Tate family who today still have to attend the parole hearings of these criminals to ensure they remain in prison. Each time having to relive the nightmare of this crime.<br/>

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By Frankimunk on 08-30-16

Not for the faint, explicit detail...

I would recommend buying the e-book in addition to this because it's very subdivided, it's newly released by 4th Generation Tate using source material from unpublished journals.
I wasn't around when this happened but recently watched 'Valley if the Dolls' and learned the death of Sharon Tate, well murder, so seeing this book I was intrigued. It tells the story from various generational aspects with various narrators~All exceptionally good. A very detailed account including the experience of not just the press, but of recent parole attempts. Every most awful and sometimes differing accounts are fully descriptive, nothing is excluded. If you want to know about Roman Polanski-Tate connections with and the Manson family, (Mama) Cass Elliot, Steve McQueen, The Beach Boys clue which was found by Sharons father P J Tate after the Police were considering the multiple murders cold cases, this book tells all in accurate detail. Heavy going but well written, worth it if you are interested I would say this is the most definitive account you will ever find.

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