Tom O’Neill is an award-winning investigative journalist and entertainment
reporter whose work has appeared in national publications such as Us, Premiere, New York, The Village Voice and Details. His book, Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties was published by Little, Brown in the summer of 2019. Hardcover currently sold out (as of April 18, 2020)  at Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K., but shipments expected soon (Covid-19 has slowed down the process). Paperback will be released in U.S. on June 23, 2020, and can be preordered now.  Audio and e-book also available on Amazon U.S. and U.K. sites — and please support your local book stores if they’ve made books available!

As of April 20, 2020, the paperback is available in the United Kingdom at Asda stores and can also be ordered online from Waterstones.

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  1. Tom, Happy Fourth of July! Hope you staying safe and healthy because we need you! Especially in the day an age of the Jeffery Epstein’s and G. Maxwell’s of the world. Where history can repeat itself. Three days ago I finished Chaos. Sensational! I truly feel you are a great American investigative reporter and author! Thank you! Thank you! For your deep overly detailed writing, investigating and persistency! I appreciate when you said (paraphrasing) “looking for the paper no one ever thought of looking at, that is 50 years old that might hold that final clue”. I was born after 1969 and reading your book gave me perspective on that time period and clearer perception of the Family, CIA, LA authorities and secrecy that overlapped. Vincent Bugliosi legacy SHATTERED! It infuriates me that these high profile connections to the murders used their “knowledge” to gain popularity and hide the truth. You shined the light on truth, sir! The Tex tapes need to be released, it’s absurd for the LACDA/ LAPD to think that we overly care that there was clearly a cover up. We are no longer naive to the fact that over the course of 50 years there have been so many cover ups from local, state and federal levels about many variable issues. We are no longer shocked or surprised. So lets us hear these tapes, that can potentially lay to rest this truth, for the sake of the victims’ families. Tom, you have settled my closure on this issue. And thank you for the connection to JFK as well. Please look out for my book review on Apple and anywhere else I can post. Hope Joe Rogan has you back on, I plan I re-watching the interview now that I finished the book. You take care, I truly hope you are cooking up something new, keep that fire burning Tom! Thank you sincerely.

  2. Hi Tom!
    Just finished your book, and mind-blowing it was. I hope there are answers to be found someday.
    I agree with your assessment that much of Hollywood knew about the Manson family before the murders. There is an obscure film called “Angel, Angel, Down We Go”. It was released either the week of the murders or in the next. It was a satire of Hollywood featuring a fat scion of wealth bringing a musical group of hippies into her rich parent’s home (the mother a former star, the father a military industrialist) which soon ends in bloodshed. This movie has often been disparged in movie history as a ‘manson ripoff’, but it could not have been as filming took place before the murders. The story itself is not completely analogous to the family’s story, the authors were trying for a blanket indictment of Hollywood, not just Manson, but there are some lines uttered throughout that strike a chord, especially in a scene about two-thirds in where the leader of the hippie gang/band, Bogart, starts talking ‘Charlie’ about the coming race war and the slaughter of’ the rich. I did some research into this movie and it’s principals years ago (I have no idea if those websites are still around) and I found it interesting that the proposed star; recently of the producer/director/writer team’s previous movie, Wild in the Streets’, was supposedly was a caretaker of the Cielo place at one point. The “Angel” part was written for him but he demurred and it was passed on to a former singer for ‘The Animals’. Very few of the principal people involved did anything significant again in movies after and the movie tanked utterly despite being a major studio release.
    I enjoyed your book immensely and am now assured that Hollywood knew what was going on but would suffer by it’s own exposure if it let on to that knowledge.

  3. Tom, I am wondering if you are aware of the blind item posted on Crazy Days and Nights which reveals that supposedly additional letters from Jolly West were found last year which expose more of his work with the CIA and experiments with LSD and the Grateful Dead.
    SATURDAY, JULY 04, 2020
    Blind Items Revealed #17
    January 16, 2020
    Most of the materials of a long time retired professor are at his archive here in Los Angeles. However, that is not the only place he taught. Last summer at a Southwestern university, a treasure trove of documents were discovered. Many of those had also previously been seen. What had not been seen were several letters between the professor and his handler at the CIA. Even though the professor had long denied working for the CIA, other letters have been found over time, proving that to be a lie. The CIA also funded one of his most famous studies.
    The whole blind can be found here:

  4. I have read your new book chaos with great enthusiasm as it is so well written and although which must have been hard ( well I believe so) also without any pre ( I thought so) judgement on what was already a well accounted tale so I thank you for a very interesting book which I hope it gets the accolade it deserves.
    The reason I’m writing to you is about another very intriguing theory concerning Paul McCartney and his death and replacement by a person who did sand in for him on occasions before the conspiracy that he had died I have been digging into this story for years but I am only able to get limited insight to the question as i don’t have any journalistic experience or any kind of contacts but it is a fascinating and intriguing case , although your probably near meltdown after 20 years of a fantastic journalistic experience.
    If you have heard of this and could help or would just let me know in your opinion if it’s one of the more absurd theories and I should forget seeing if I can find anything about this I have tried for a few years now but my resources are so limited but please let me know your opinion if that is possible and you recive any details of this message .
    Anyway a fantastic book would recommend it to everyone.
    Wish you well a BLOODY WELL DONE

  5. Over 30 years in law enforcement, most in Washington, D.C., nothing surprises me. NOTHING! I admire your fortitude and judgement.
    History repeats itself, maybe with different players and agencies, the sixties has returned.
    It’s a damn shame. I enjoyed your book immensely and like all books, including the Bible, humans have written their version. However, yours revealed an intriguing paper trail.
    Keep up the good work.

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