Vincent T. Bugliosi Jr. may be best known, best remembered, for prosecuting Charles Manson and members of his “family” after the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969.
Bugliosi wrote a book about the Manson case, called “Helter Skelter.” It remains oe of the bestselling true crime books of all time.
But in 2007, Bugliosu published another book that he says was even more significant than “Helter Skelter.” After 21 years of meticulous research, Bugliosi — one of the nation’s most prominent prosecuting attornies — published an 11-hundred page book on the John F. Kennedy assassination.
And his conclusion was .. htere was no conspiracy or coverup of secret plot. Lee Harvey Oswald was the only shooter, and he acted alone.
I talked with Vicne Bugliosi about that book, 12 years ago this week:
Vince Bugliosi really disliked the Oliver Stone movie “JFK,” which of course pushed all manner of conspiracy theories.
For thirty years readers faithfully turned to a column in their local newspaper. It wasn’t about politics, or education, or religion, or even advice to the lovelorn.
It was just a midwestern suburban housewife writing about her loving but sometimes dysfunctional family, and writing abnout it in a way that always made us grin, or nod our heads in agreement, and often to laugh out loud.
Her name was Erma Bombeck. I spent a little time with her in 1987.
Julie Nixon Eisenhower was born into a political family.
Her father was Richard Nixon, former Congressman, Senator, Vice President, and eventually the 37th President of the United States.
Her mother was Pat Nixon, who steadfastly stood by her husband from the beginning of his political career to its ignominious end and beyond.
In 1986 Julie Nixon Eisenwher — the couple’s younger daughter, wrote a book called “Pat Nixon the Untold Story.”
She told me that year that her book was intended to blow up the misconceptions about her mother:
Julie Nixon Eisenhower told me that her mother never tried to influecne policy, or even speak out on the issues, deferring instead to her husbandd.
By 1986, the Nixons were starting to fade from the public memory. Julie found herself enjoying her newfound anonymity.
Now, there was one thing that Julie Nixon Eisernhower’s publisher asked me NOT to ask her about — but, the iknterview had gone so well tol that point, and she was so easy and open to talk to, I had to ask about it anyway…
Pat Nixon died in 1993, Richard Nixon the following year.