Restless Souls

Restless Souls : The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice

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Sharon Tate was a promising young actress who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in "Valley of the Dolls"; the beautiful wife of famous film director Roman Polanski; an expectant mother eight and a half months pregnant at the time of her murder; and, a loving daughter and sister. Her brutal slaying and the homicides of her friends that same night by members of the Manson Family are still etched in the public consciousness more than four decades later.
What few people know however is: the dramatic role Sharon's father, a retired army intelligence officer, played in finding and prosecuting his daughter's killers; the rage he had to suppress when he came face to face alone with her killer in a holding room during a parole hearing; the threats and menace that extended beyond prison walls, haunting members of even the next generation of the victims' families; the very different choices these three family members made to cope with the realities of this tragedy; the fight Sharon's mother's had to endure to insure that victims' loved ones could make an 'impact statement' at parole hearings; the brushes with danger she repeatedly faced staring down these murderers as she fought to keep them incarcerated; and, the lengths Sharon's sister Patti went through with the entertainment industry to keep artists from glorifying these killers in their music, art and films. Sharon's mother Doris, father Paul and sister Patti, each in their turn, attempted to write memoirs about their ordeal before passing, as they thought it was important to share their side of the story with the world.
Now twenty-year family friend, Alisa Statman, and Sharon's niece Brie Tate, recount the Tate family truths for us here in this rare glimpse at the post-trauma survival of a family. This book proves timely as Manson Family leader, Charles Manson, is scheduled for his next parole hearing in 2012. He is also currently seeking a new trial with the help of Saddam Hussein's former attorney The Devil's Advocate Giovanni Di Stefano. Additionally, "Restless Souls" publishes on Sharon's birthday and the same date the jury reached a guilty verdict in 1971.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162.56 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 589.67g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16-Page Colour Photo Insert
  • 0062008048
  • 9780062008046
  • 630,751

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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 bestselling 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 forty 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 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 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 laterthe 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 barsthe 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 filmsTold 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.
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About Alisa Statman

Alisa Statman is a writer and assistant director in film and television. Brie Tate is Sharon Tate's niece, the middle daughter of Patti Tate. Witness to her family's pain over the years, she and Alisa have resolved to share the family's story.
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Book Review: Restless Souls-the Sharon Tate Families Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and the Crusade for Justice by Alisa Statman and Brie Tate This large paperback book of 380 pages chronicles the history of the Manson murders in California during 1969, focussing on the death of Sharon Tate, who must have been one of the most beautiful,gorgeous and gentle angels the world has ever seen. I was gripped by the book because I hadn't done much reading into this topic and as I progressed through the book a whole new awakening regarding the case occurred for me. I originally thought that Sharon Tate was some kind of "druggo" who was murdered by a madman called Manson because he didn't like her or some such. I didn't realize that Manson hadn't actually killed anyone, it was mostly undertaken by Charles Rex Watson, a jew from Texas and three crazy young women. The murder of beautiful Sharon Tate and her friends was one of the worst tragedies ever witnessed in that country. Sharon was stabbed 16 times by Watson and his accomplice Susan Atkins while being strangled. Watson was definitely crazed and it is really amazing how he could muster so much energy to kill 5 people as well as an unborn child that night in California. I felt sick throughout the story about how that poor beautiful woman died and what I was doing as a 13 year old kid at the time. I wish I could have a time machine to go back to 9 August 1969 and stop the impeding carnage some way. What the Tate family went through especially Sharon's mother Doris (the same name as my mother!) is indescribable. At the time of writing this review (May 2014) PJ Tate, Doris, Sharon and Sharon's sister Patti are all deceased. I do hope that they will live forever away from this planet in God�¢??s heaven. We should all pray for their souls. Meanwhile that imbecile Manson is still alive in incarceration. They should have shot him years ago and fed him to the dogs- same goes for Charles Watson. I find it incomprehensible that a man could do this to a pregnant woman. Through this book I was able to learn more about Sharon Tate and her family and felt close to them even though I have never met any of them. I feel so sorry for the Tate family. Its a nightmare that will never go away for Brie and her relatives. A great book and read. A valuable addition to the criminologists library. Dr Trevor J Hawkeswood Author: Light and Dark- My Experiences with the Paranormal (2013) and Spiders of Australia (2003)show more
by Trevor Hawkeswood
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