Tom O’Neill is an award-winning investigative journalist and entertainment reporter whose work has appeared in national publications such as Us, Premiere, New York, The Village Voice and Details. His book, was published by Little, Brown in the summer of 2019.
The ladies of Night Call are joined by Tom O’Neill, author of CHAOS: Charles Manson, The CIA, And The Secret History Of The Sixties to discuss his book, getting addicted to an obsession, MK Ultra, the Manson family and much more! And break out the gabagool for the first in our new series of ongoing segments about The Sopranos! Plus movie chat, a mouse deer, and Emily’s review of The Irishman!FOOTNOTES:
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We talk to journalist Tom O'Neill about his book uncovering new theories on Charles Manson, MKUltra, the CIA, and the war against counter-culture & the left in the 1960's.
Featuring special guest host Noah Kulwin, an editor at The Outline.
Over two grim nights in Los Angeles, the young followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant. With no mercy and seemingly no motive, the Manson Family followed their leader's every order-their crimes lit a flame of paranoia across the nation, spelling the end of the sixties. Manson became one of history's most infamous criminals, his name forever attached to an era when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia-or dystopia-was just an acid trip away. Twenty years ago, when journalist Tom O'Neill was reporting a magazine piece about the murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Then he unearthed shocking evidence of a cover-up behind the "official" story, including police carelessness, legal misconduct, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents. When a tense interview with Vincent Bugliosi-prosecutor of the Manson Family, and author of Helter Skelter-turned a friendly source into a nemesis, O'Neill knew he was onto something. But every discovery brought more questions.O'Neill's quest for the truth led him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from San Francisco's summer of love to the shadowy sites of the CIA's mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with shady cover-ups and suspicious coincidences. The product of two decades of reporting, hundreds of new interviews, and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI, and the CIA, CHAOS mounts an argument that could be, according to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Steven Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. This is a book that overturns our understanding of a pivotal time in American history. CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the 60's-Tom O'Neill
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