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by Bob Murphy

eBook Desert Shadows: A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley ePub
Author: Bob Murphy
Language: English
ISBN: 0930704290
ISBN13: 978-0930704292
Publisher: Sagebrush Pr; First Paperback Edition edition (July 15, 1999)
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 951
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Author Bob Murphy, a former Death Valley National Monument Superintendent personally involved in the raid on the Barker/Myers ranches where the Manson crew was holed up, has done an adequate job at stating many of the facts.

Author Bob Murphy, a former Death Valley National Monument Superintendent personally involved in the raid on the Barker/Myers ranches where the Manson crew was holed up, has done an adequate job at stating many of the facts. Where "Desert Shadows" truly comes alive is in relaying details of what the officers found during their raids in October of 1969, when the Manson family was finally put behind bars. Lists of supplies, guns and stolen automobiles provide rare insight into the inner workings of this evil group

What it is though, is a very interesting picture of the Manson Family and their weird and criminal activities in Death Valley.

What it is though, is a very interesting picture of the Manson Family and their weird and criminal activities in Death Valley. Sep 17, 2012 Paul Campagna rated it did not like it. Terrible writing, although not meant to be a true piece of literature. But interesting topic, and in the end, I learned from it, but just hard to read the whole thing. May 08, 2017 Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it. Shelves: non-fiction, true-crime, history, autobiographies, memoir.

A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley Bob Murphy. Desert shadows: The bizarre and frightening true story of Charles Manson.

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a true story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley. Updated ed. by Bob Murphy. Published 1993 by R. Murphy, Distributed by Sagebrush Press in, Morongo Valley, CA. Written in English. Biography, Crime, Criminals. Charles Manson (1934-). California, Death Valley (Calif.

The Manson Family Hid Out in Death Valley. Manson almost escaped arrest by hiding in a bathroom cabinet, but when a police officer returned to use the restroom, he noticed a tuft of hair sticking out of the cabinet door. In 2009, the ranch burned down, and now ruins are all that remain. Photo: GSEC/flickr/CC-BY .

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An insider law enforcement account of the fugitive days of the Manson Family in the California Desert.
Halloween
This is a surprisingly well written and easy to read small book on a topic that's been coverage infinitum. Yet there are some details I've never read about before and new pictures of which I wish there were much more. Because it offers an inside perspective of one who was there, this book takes its place near the top of the Manson literary heap regarding new information. Note that it primarily focuses on the Manson Family presence in Death Valley.
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Anyone who peruses the 1993 book "Desert Shadows-A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley" most likely has quite a bit of knowledge in reference to this famous criminal case. Certainly there's an interesting story to tell about the Manson family's brief period in Death Valley, including their eventual capture by park superintendents and police officers. Author Bob Murphy, a former Death Valley National Monument Superintendent personally involved in the raid on the Barker/Myers ranches where the Manson crew was holed up, has done an adequate job at stating many of the facts.
Where "Desert Shadows" truly comes alive is in relaying details of what the officers found during their raids in October of 1969, when the Manson family was finally put behind bars. Lists of supplies, guns and stolen automobiles provide rare insight into the inner workings of this evil group. Murphy has done an excellent job in giving a blow-by-blow account of these uncomfortable days when park rangers slowly closed in on the Manson family. Perhaps where this book trips up is in detailing far too much the criminal history of the Manson family prior to their arrival in Death Valley. Most readers will already be familiar with this knowledge, which has been documented in "Helter Skelter" and "The Family."
I would have liked to have seen more first-hand accounts from multiple parties involved in these raids. A description of the struggles of two park rangers who stumbled upon nine partially-clothed hippies hiding in a ravine is fascinating stuff. But the reference to a man hiding nearby with a shotgun is never adequately explained. It's obvious this man was the one and only Charles Manson, though author Bob Murphy seems uncomfortable in stating this fact. He does relay the danger these isolated rangers were in. But once again, better detail would have fleshed out this creepy confrontation.
Much of "Desert Shadows" reads like a police report, which lends itself well to documenting the facts of these confrontations and raids. But additional eyewitness accounts could have better served Murphy's novella. An additional note must be made about the rare photos included in the book. Taken by officers during the Manson family's capture, they include shots of handcuffed members, abandoned dune buggies and the infamous bus at Barker Ranch. These photographs are fascinating. So much so, one wonders why the author did not include more.
"Desert Shadows" provides a rare glimpse into the eerie days when the Manson family took refuge in Death Valley. Anyone who has ever visited Barker Ranch/Death Valley knows full well that the chore of rounding up this criminal group must have been an extraordinarily difficult job. These rangers are heroes, but Bob Murphy is just humble enough to where he does not trumpet that in satisfying fashion. Too bad.
"Desert Shadows" would have been better served to focus exclusively on the Death Valley chapter of this case. The most illuminating line in the entire book is telling - "Had Charlie and his Family stayed in the populous urban areas, they may have lived more securely. They were not part of the desert and were naked in its environment. (They) had no rapport with the harsh reality of the desert." When operating within his element (the desert), author Bob Murphy brings to light some fascinating details on the Manson case. It's just outside of Death Valley where the book bogs down.
IWAS
A good, interesting read, and worth the price. Being written by an active participant made it unique, in a good way. I would, and have, recommended it to others.
Auau
This is the "Rest of the Story." This book is a must. It tells how they were captured and more.
Gavirgas
Bob Murphy affords the reader a unique glimpse into the desert community and the law enforcement agencies from what is now a bygone era. Without knowing the area the reader can get bogged down with geographical directives at times but all in all it encompasses a fairly broad outline of the isolated locale and the nefarious goings on of Manson and co. at that particular time.

With regards the Manson philosophy/history it was straight out of Bugliosi so I was not surprised to see the DA mentioned with special thanks in the acknowledgements section.

By and large. a different angle though, and as such, worth a read.
Yozshujinn
Awesome
Adaly
This is a rather interesting look on the 'Family'.If you're really into reading about the Manson saga and their desert adventures,then you must read this book.It reads a lot like Vince's 'Helter Skelter' book,fairly boring at times and just the straightforward account.You have to read between the lines.Bob Murphey mentions the word 'Witchcraft' only once or twice also.Yet,both authors didn't understand what really went on. Death Valley is the Devil's Sandbox.It's hell on earth,only the strongest can survive here.Some facts are left out of the book completely.Such as,Charles Manson's focus on the Nazi Occult of Hitler's Germany.Hitler corrupted the pagan rune symbols of victory for his christian reich.The Swatstika is an age-old Indian pagan symbol for peace and life. When the young girls started coming to the canyon,they were put to work,hammering for gold nuggets.Only gold dust and a lot of cat's gold was readily found there in the old mines however.One corporate surveyor later found a 1914 Frisco newspaper and some 1967 LOOK magazines.The later was evidence of the presense of the girls and their blistered bloody fingerprints.Some major drilling operation pulls out the elusive gold bits of Golan Wash thesedays.Some of the other Manson books,grossly distort and glamourise the tragic events of their unique lifestyle in the desert world.If Charles Manson was not a modern slave in our Christian society,he would not have so readily accepted Satanic beliefs.The Judeo-Christian society drove Manson into the underworld of Satanism.This book sets the desert scene for the theatrics that devolved and escalated into 'Helter Skelter'.It went from being the dystopia of 'Lord of the Flies' into the tragic abyss of the 'Lord of Misrule'.This is an insightful book from a desert ranger's perspective.Yet,he misunderstood what the "Family" was all about.The demonised Manson was able to magnetise his followers because they were so out of touch with the natural earth rhythms.Christian society desensitzed these people and later Manson exploited this back unto society.
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