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Vincent Bugliosi ( , with a silent g) (born August 18, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesotamarker) is an Americanmarker attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and other defendants accused of the Tate-LaBianca murders. His most recent books are Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (2007), and The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (2008).


Bugliosi is a graduate of the University of Miamimarker in Coral Gablesmarker, Floridamarker, which he attended on a tennis scholarhip. In 1964, he received his law degree from UCLAmarker, where he was president of his graduating class.

Style of writing

Bugliosi does not own a computer and at one time did all his research through library microfilm archives. More recently, he has relied on his virtual secretary, Rosemary Newton, to help with these tasks. He also writes his books entirely by hand; Newton later transcribes his long-hand texts.

Bugliosi, who is of Italian ancestry, is married with two children: Wendy and Vince Jr. He often refers to his wife, Gail, in his books, referencing her understanding and patience with him. He has also stated that he is an agnostic, although open to the ideas of deism.

Manson prosecution

As a Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney, he successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and several other members of his "family" for the 1969 murders of Sharon Tate and six others. He lost only one of the 106 felony cases he tried as a prosecutor, which included winning 21 out of 21 murder cases. He later wrote, jointly with Curt Gentry, a book about the Manson trial called Helter Skelter. The book went on to become the biggest selling true crime book in publishing history with over 7 million copies sold.

Political Candidate

In 1972, Bugliosi ran for Los Angeles County District Attorney against longtime incumbent Joseph Busch. Bugliosi narrowly lost in a bitter, sometimes nasty campaign. Bugliosi ran again in 1976, after Busch resigned, but lost to interim District Attorney John Van de Kamp after waging a campaign that was criticized as sensationalistic [45412].

Legal author and commentator

Bugliosi subsequently became an outspoken critic of the media and lawyers and judges in major trials. In his most recent book, titled The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, he made the case that President George W. Bush ought to be prosecuted for murder based on evidence showing that he had lied to the American people into waging a war of aggression.


Bugliosi wrote a bestselling book, Outrage, on the acquittal of O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, in which Bugliosi detailed the work of the district attorney, prosecutors, the defense lawyers, and Judge Lance Ito; he used these profiles to illustrate broader problems in American criminal justice, the media, and the political appointment of judges.

Bugliosi was very critical of prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden and pointed out many glaring mistakes that they had made during the trial. He faulted them, for example, for not introducing the note that Simpson had written before trying to flee. Bugliosi said that the note "reeked" of guilt and that the jury should have been allowed to see it. He also pointed out that there was a change of clothing, a large amount of cash, a passport and a disguise kit found in the Bronco of which the jury was never informed.

Simpson had made a very incriminating statement to police about cutting his finger the night of the murders. Bugliosi once again took Clark and Darden to task for not allowing the jury to hear the tape of this statement.

Bugliosi also said the prosecutors should have gone into more detail about Simpson's abuse of his wife. He said it should have been made clear to the mostly African-American jury that Simpson had little impact in the black community and had done nothing to help blacks less fortunate than him. Bugliosi pointed out that, although the prosecutors obviously understood that Simpson's race had nothing to do with the murders, once the defense "opened the door" by trying to paint Simpson falsely as a "leader" in the black community, the evidence to the contrary should have been presented, to prevent the jury from allowing it to bias their verdict.

He also stated that, if he had been prosecuting the case, he would have put at least 500 hours of preparation into his final summation, and that it was obvious that Clark and Darden had waited until the night before to prepare for it.

Bugliosi also spoke at length about the allegations that LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman had planted a bloody glove in order to frame Simpson. He argued that in order for Fuhrman to pull this off, there would have had to have been a broad-reaching conspiracy between Fuhrman and the other officers who worked the case. Indeed, while the defense made much of Fuhrman's racial slurs, it never proved that anyone planted evidence in the case.

Bugliosi also pointed out that it was highly improbable that Fuhrman and anyone else involved in the case would have tried to frame Simpson, as California law of the time provided that anyone who planted evidence in a death penalty case could have faced the death penalty themselves.

Presidents of the United States

He also condemned the U.S.marker Supreme Court'smarker decisions in Clinton v. Jones and in the Bush v. Gore decision that decided the 2000 presidential election. He wrote a lengthy criticism of the latter case in an article for The Nation titled "None Dare Call It Treason," which he later expanded into a book titled The Betrayal of America. Some of his criticisms were depicted in the 2004 documentary Orwell Rolls in His Grave. Regarding the former case, he wrote a book, No Island of Sanity, in which he argued that the American people's right to have a president unburdened by a private lawsuit outweighed Paula Jones's interest in having her case brought to trial immediately.

He also believes that George W. Bush should be charged with the murders of over 4,000 American soldiers as well as over 100,000 Iraqis who have died in Iraqmarker since the American-led invasion of that country because of the strong evidence that Bush launched that invasion under false pretenses. In his recently-published book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, he laid out that evidence and outlined what questions he would ask Bush at a potential murder trial. Bugliosi gave testimony at a House Judiciary Committee meeting on July 25, 2008, to consider impeachment proceedings for Bush.

Bugliosi was also a serious student of the John F. Kennedy assassinationmarker. In 1986, he played the part of prosecutor in an unscripted 21-hour television trial of Lee Harvey Oswald. His legal opponent, representing Oswald, was the well-known criminal defense attorney, Gerry Spence. The program, sponsored by London Weekend Television, required extensive preparations by Bugliosi and inspired him to later write a comprehensive book on the subject of the assassination. His 1612-page book (with a CD-ROM containing an additional 958 pages of endnotes and 170 pages of source notes), Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was published in May 2007. His book examined the JFK assassination in detail and drew on a variety of sources; his findings were in line with those of the Warren Report, which had concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in the assassination of the 35th President. He called Reclaiming History his "magnum opus."



In film

Bugliosi has had many of his books adapted to the screen, and appears as a character in several of them.



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