Vincent Bugliosi, Prosecutor Who Helped Put Charles Manson Behind Bars, Dies at 80
Bugliosi was a little-known deputy district attorney when actress Sharon Tate's body was found butchered
Vincent Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor who successfully helped put Charles Manson and his followers behind bars, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 80.
Bugliosi’s son, Vincent Bugliosi Jr., confirmed his father’s death to the Associated Press on Monday evening, adding that his father demonstrated “an unflagging dedication to justice” in everything he did.
Bugliosi was a little-known deputy district attorney when actress Sharon Tate’s body was found butchered in August 1969, along with four others. One night later, the bodies of two grocers were discovered mutilated in the same way.
A tip led investigators to Manson and his followers, who were arrested two months later in connection with the crime.
After a lengthy trial that lasted more than nine months, Bugliosi convinced a jury that Manson was the mastermind behind the gruesome crimes.
Manson and his followers were initially sentenced to death, though their sentences were later reduced to life in prison.
Bugliosi documented the high-profile case in Helter Skelter, his best-selling account of the murders and the trial that followed.
“I don’t think I’ve ever known anybody to be as hard a worker as Vince,” Stephen R. Kay, a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, told The Los Angeles Times.
“He would go home after the trial every day, take a nap for an hour, get up and work until 3 or 4 a.m., sleep for a couple more hours and go back to work,” he said. “And he always appeared fresh, never tired.”
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