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Prosecutor in Charles Manson trial and author of Helter Skelter has died

Published 09/06/2015 | 08:16

WASHINGTON - JULY 25: Former Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on the
WASHINGTON - JULY 25: Former Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on the "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations" at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill July 25, 2008 in Washington, DC. Bugliosi is the author of the book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder." Spearheaded by former Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the hearing included authors, former politicians, university professors and other opponents of the Bush Administration. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Charles Manson
Charles Manson in 1971
Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles Manson
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate

Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Charles Manson trial who went on to write the best-selling true-crime book Helter Skelter, has died at the age of 80.

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His son, Vincent Bugliosi Jr, told the Associated Press that his father died of cancer at a hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Mr Bugliosi Sr won convictions against Manson and three followers for the shocking 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

He turned their trial into a marathon showcase for the bizarre lifestyle of Manson and his tribe of followers known as the Manson Family.

It was the longest and most expensive criminal trial in Los Angeles history at the time.

After the trial, Mr Bugliosi's biggest success came in true-crime and non-fiction books.

His death was first reported by KNBC-TV.

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