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This is the edition of Helter Skelter that I have. Mine is quite worn with lots of dog-eared pages.

This is the edition of Helter Skelter that I have. Mine is quite worn with lots of dog-eared pages.

Does this strike anyone as bizarre? A musical about Charles Manson opened in Hamburg, Germany. A Los Angeles Times article says the play “provides a glimpse into Manson’s failed music career and his relationship with his followers who became known as the Manson family.”

Manson still captivates audiences, 45 years after his “family’s” deadly killing spree in L.A. I admit I will always be a little fascinated because Helter Skelter was my go-to book the summer of 1986 when I was 11 years old. That book started my fascination with true crime stories, from Son of Sam to Ted Bundy to the Boston Strangler.

The article noted that many musicals and plays have been derived from serial killer stories, including an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho.

Are these plays you’d be willing to see? Murder as entertainment? What’s the ultimate takeaway when we see something like Sweeney Todd or A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder?

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