There are so many books out on the Manson Family, the information might be right in one of them. Try The Shadow Over Santa Susana or Sharon Tate And The Manson Murders. Also an excellent little documentary I found in the $5 bin at WalMart, Six Degrees Of Helter Skelter. I have been hankering for a copy of Paul Watkins' book, My Life With Charles Manson, which might have a great deal more, but just try finding it anywhere. Or, of course, A Who's Who Of The Manson Family by the author of Santa Susana. I don't know about Watkins' book, but everything else on that list is about the people and places involved, closely or peripherally, not so much about the crimes.
Oh, and there's always Desert Shadows, by Bob Murphy, a California cop who tracked the Mansons through Death Valley. I have not read it, but it sounds promising.
You are lucky to have so many titles to choose from. I myself stumbled across 2 connections to my own life in TC stories. One simply answered the question of who killed the lady up the road and turn left from me, when I was in my teens. (It turned out to be the same guy who killed the lady across the street from a girl I knew in high school, the year before IIRC. I already knew his name but not that he has committed the scarioest crime in my own childhood.) In the other one, I learned by reading the book about the case that the murder victim in the story was the niece of my dad's boss, and thus the cousin of a girl I grew up with.
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