Vin­cent Bugliosi’s works

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Efa­vorite Vin­cent Bugliosi book, es­pe­cially those who don’t like Ge­orge W. Bush. That best sums up the reader re­ac­tion to the leg­endary Manson fam­ily pros­e­cu­tor’s death last Satur­day at the age of 80. That trial, which took place in Los An­ge­les, made Bugliosi an out­sized fig­ure in the his­tory of crime in L.A., so The Times’ obit­u­ary rightly made ex­ten­sive men­tion of his book “Hel­ter Skel­ter.”

Sev­eral read­ers, one of whose let­ters was pub­lished Thurs­day, wrote to say that The Times should have fo­cused more closely on Bugliosi’s later works, es­pe­cially his two books that judge the Bush pres­i­dency harshly. Oth­ers praised his tomes on the as­sas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and the ex­is­tence of God.

— Paul Thorn­ton, let­ters edi­tor

Gerald P. Lun­derville of Long Beach wanted to see Bugliosi and Bush in court:

I’m pleased The Times’ obit­u­ary men­tioned Bugliosi’s in­sight­ful book, “Di­vin­ity of Doubt: The God Ques­tion.”

How­ever, noth­ing was said about Bugliosi’s 2008 mas­ter­ful ex­pose, “The Pros­e­cu­tion of Ge­orge W. Bush For Mur­der,” a book as well-writ­ten as “Hel­ter Skel­ter” and his ques­tion­ing of God. Un­for­tu­nately, we never got to see Bugliosi pros­e­cute Bush in court.

San Diego res­i­dent Neal Matthews praises Bugliosi’s work on the Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion:

Your obit­u­ary ne­glected to men­tion not only Bugliosi’s in­ci­sive book on the 2000 pres­i­den­tial “elec­tion,” but it also made only a brief ref­er­ence to his mag­num opus, “Re­claim­ing His­tory: The As­sas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy.”

Your own re­viewer called it a master­piece. The book took 20 years for Bugliosi to re­search and write, and its 1,600-plus pages once and for all put to rest the ques­tion of whether Lee Har­vey Oswald acted alone.

Mil­ton Chap­man of Palm Desert also goes af­ter Bush:

Reader Cort Casady writes in the June 11 edi­tion that Vin­cent Bugliosi’s book “The Be­trayal of Amer­ica” was not men­tioned in the obit­u­ary. An­other book not men­tioned was “The Pros­e­cu­tion of Ge­orge W. Bush for Mur­der.” Both books needed to be more popular than they were.

Not only have we lost a great Amer­i­can but we didn’t pay enough at­ten­tion to him when he was here. Iron­i­cally, the let­ter to the edi­tor fol­low­ing Casady’s was about the id­iocy of still be­ing in Iraq.

Bugliosi was my hero. I’ll al­ways have his books.

Los An­ge­les res­i­dent Harold G. Schick Jr weighs in on Bush’s be­half:

I must de­mur on the let­ter writer’s state­ment that Bush stole the 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

An in­de­pen­dent, non­par­ti­san gov­ern­ment com­mis­sion found no fraud in Bush’s win­ning, and later in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that he would have won any­way had the limited re­count gone for­ward.

Gina Fer­azzi Los An­ge­les Times

WRITER AND for­mer pros­e­cu­tor Vin­cent Bugliosi, shown in 2011, drew read­ers’ praise. He died June 6.

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