The co-author of the true crime phenomenon Helter Skelter has passed. Curt Gentry [Wiki], who penned the book with Vincent Bugliosi, died of apparent natural causes at the age of 83 in mid-July.
The book is the favorite of many a fan of the genre. Some have admitted on CLEWS to devouring this very long book in as little as three days. It was Gentry's engrossing narrative drive (he was an experienced journalist) that made it such a page-turner. Helter Skelter easily made its way onto my own Top 10 list and holds up to the scrutiny of time as an oustanding example of the form.
New York Times obituary (the Times is actually rather polite to the genre in this piece! albeit short.)