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 (paperback in the summer of 2020).

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  1. Hi Tom. I saw you on the Joe Rogan podcast. I see from this thread that you get a lot of extra info. Sorry that I have to add onto that. As a Canadian, after watching the podcast episode, I became curious as to my own government’s involvement in mind control experiments. Apparently the Canadian Gov worked with the CIA in MK-Ultra and performed experiments on our soil. Our current Gov (Trudeau) put out gag orders in 2017 against anyone who has received settlements either by the CIA or Canada. Here’s a link to the CBC article I found from October 2020:

  2. Thank you so much for spending so many years of your life writing chaos.the book was excellent!! My absolute favorite. It really is the warning that we , the people needed. I know many folks still are not paying attention but your work uncovers a lot. Thank you again sir!
    Sincerely Dylan bonevelle
    Michigan USA

  3. Hey Tom, just heard your episode on Rogan. I had to buy the audio book after hearing about how much you dug in and uncovered. I am absolutely addicted, thanks so much for your 20 years of effort

  4. Thanks Tom for this marvelous book I received today… can’t wait to read it! I’ve been following the case for many years.
    All the best! 😊Your Philly gal, Tina 💐

  5. Tom,
    Maybe a trivial observation here: I noticed the outfits worn to court by the singing Manson followers- the satin get-ups that look borrowed from a high school theatre department’s medieval costume trunk- look familiar. They closely resemble the clothing produced by Dutch design company “The Fool” in the late 1960’s for Apple Record’s experiment with boutique fashion. They had a bad falling out with The Beatles after blowing through their budget and mismanaging the store (I read about this in the Paul McCartney bio “Many Years From Now”). The design team, named after a Tarot card, then headed to the LA, putting them a stone’s throw from the trial. I wonder how the outfits were acquired for the defendants and if it was another attempt to link The Beatles in the public’s imagination. Or if it was The Fool’s idea of a joke to irritate their former business partners. Frivolous theories, here, for sure, turning them over in my mind as I await your next work!

  6. Thanks, Tom, for your indefatigable search for the truth. Although you didn’t commit to any particular version of “what really happened,” you did make a strong case that our government (from the federal down to the LAPD and CA sheriff departments) had blood on its collective hands. As with so many other twentieth century horrors, the truth is concealed by a layer of CYA lies that no one will ever have to answer for, which is infuriating. At least we now know how egregious the lies were in this case (thanks to you) even if we don’t know for sure the reasons why the liars told them. Kudos.

    • Sadly for the most part we may never know for sure why the governments of the world do the things they do to their citizenry. The most likely reason is that the elites simply don’t care, and since the elites are the ones that are really in control, even if they aren’t always the ones holding political office, they get away with it. Every now and then the elites will basically offer up a sacrifice to the people and allow one of their own to be punished for their wrong doings. One of the most recent cases of this would be Jeffrey Epstein. This makes it where all the other individuals involved end up getting off Scot Free, or at most with a mere slap on the wrist when you consider the severity of their actual crimes. After the “sacrifice”, for lack of a better term, is dealt with the elites then go on crowd control and basically have the media feed the narrative the elites want the masses to believe to the people. Most of the time this narrative is basically ” This person was solely responsible, and sense they were punished for their deeds justice was served, and there’s nothing else to see here.” They then have that same media start calling anyone who questions the official story a “conspiracy theorist” to try and quash anyone from looking further into it. One of the most famous of these happening in America was of course the Kennedy assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald did it, end of story!….At least that’s what they want everyone to believe,

  7. Hi Tom, I immediately bought (and devoured) your book after overhearing an interview my son was listening to. It’s difficult to say anything other that “WOW” and “thank you”.
    As you continue to receive and evaluate new information that’s rolled in after the book’s release, please check out shalom girl on YouTube. She was born in 1965 San Francisco to a madam who was involved in Operation Midnight Climax. She has memories of the SF clinic and the Manson Family and just recently started telling them.

    Much admiration, K

  8. I was only 10 when the murders took place. When I was a teenager I grew to love true crime and has read Helter Skelter a number of times. I am in the middle of your book Chaos and it is mind blowing. I have loved every second I have read it. You have made a believer out of me, that Vincent Bugliosi and a number of agencies lied and manipulated the system. I can’t wait to finish it. All I can say is, Bravo Sir!!!!!

    Kim Peek

  9. Absolutely amazing read. Can’t put it down. Only one question; the photo above, and opposite page 283 in the book states Manson is rear row, 4th from the left. Is he not the short fellow both 5th from the left and right. If so, who is the darkened chap 4th from the left. And the rest for that matter. Again, wonderful read. Thank you for your diligence.

    • Check out the Facebook or Instagram pages for the book. The picture (and a second one) are posted there and a lot of people are identified in the comments. Thanks

  10. My cc college biology lab partner was going to the ranch to party with Charle’s young girls and drop the best acid in LA at that time according to him. He was thinking of joining as Charle was very charming Andrew convincing but his mom needed his help. He said he believed in free “love and hatred to have to pay for a night of “love”so he was going to leave his wallet at home on the last time. He was never seen again and his mom had a missing person case opened.

  11. Senior at Arizona State- Just finished Chaos. Absolutely astonishing read. I’m sure you get messages like this all the time but thank you for the time you spent crafting this masterpiece.

  12. Hi Tom. I have your book
    and read it in 2 days! Even bought a copy for a friend. Great read! Thank you for bringing it to us. When you did the YouTube interview with Kush, you mentioned you were working on another book on details that weren’t there when you finished Chaos. Can you share a tidbit or two? Any idea when it will be released? The title? …. gnawing at the bit.

  13. Your book is amazing! I heard you on Joe Rogan and have been obsessed ever since! Thank you for the hard work and dedication you have given to this book.

  14. I couldn’t put this book down. I havnt read a book in many years. Thank you for your work and giving me something I lost. Reading. I hope more info is released for you to continue. And thank you to JRE for exposure.

  15. Hello Tom. I’m not sure if you’ve read Tarantino’s personal novelisation of the film “once upon a time in Hollywood” but about half way through Tarantino drops a few very interesting bits of inside information regarding Mansons beef with Melcher. Without a doubt Tarantino knows some stuff, he wouldn’t have researched the Ceilo Drive stuff without getting inside info & the book is a real treat for those of us who enjoyed your book.

    • Related to what Paul mentioned above, did you hear the nice shout out Tarantino gave you on Marc Maron’s podcast last week? He basically said of all the Manson books he’s read, yours was the best of the bunch. You guys should connect, seems he has a lot of good stories from old timers.

  16. Related to what Paul mentioned above, did you hear the nice shout out Tarantino gave you on Marc Maron’s podcast last week? He basically said of all the Manson books he’s read, yours was the best of the bunch. You guys should connect, seems he has a lot of good stories from old timers.

  17. Wow! I’m exhausted, drained, perplexed, curious. . . and many more adjectives. I watched 3 podcasts featuring u today. The last being the most interesting to me was Konkrete. Wow. To learn that Jay Sebring ‘s house was targeted the night before blew my mind. Now I have to think the cops were right all along in that this centered around drugs, which to me points to Tex Watson. He was a piece of fill in the blank and I do not believe he is a Christian. I believe he is a fake. He sells his autograph!!! But what confuses me most is Melcher. Did Vince convince him to lie as the only way to win the case? Or was Melcher truly covering up something? Gonna go buy ur book tomorrow.. How in the world did u live with all this knowledge all these years without going insane? Good work, Tom.

  18. Tom, have you had a chance to watch the Jay Sebring documentary Cutting To The Truth by Jay’s nephew? I found it on Youtube and it was a fascinating look at Jay’s life. The nephew, Anthony DiMaira represented Jay’s life in a completely different light than how the media portrayed him and Jay’s friends dismissed the media reports regarding his wild life style and sexual proclivities which his friends claimed were completely distorted.

    I can’t remember if you wrote about Sharon filing for divorce from Roman in your book, as it’s been a while since I read it. Jay’s attorney said he filed the papers for Sharon a few months before the murders and Sharon was going to tell Roman. The attorney said Jay and Sharon were getting back together. Interestingly, in Roman’s interview with police he said Sharon loved him so much she would never leave him.

  19. Hello Tom,
    I read Chaos feverishly and just set it down moments ago after finishing. Like so many others, I want to express gratitude for the way you poured your heart and soul into this work. I must say I felt such frustration along with you at each individual unwilling to speak truthfully and found myself game-planning interviews as if I was about to attend the next one. I felt but a fraction of your struggle and for me it has been a very short period of time, yet your words communicated your emotional journey so effectively that my skin still itches. Ready for a sequel.

  20. Tom – your book “Chaos” is excellent. Kudos to you for your dogged reporting on this amazing story. I hope it sells well. I first read “Helter Skelter” at age 11 in 1978. Yes, I was young, and yes the book freaked me out. Like most people, I got stuck stuck on the photographs, the brutal nature of the crime, and the evil wierdness of Charles Manson. Like most people, I stopped there — relieved that the perps were in jail, and that we were safe again due to the heroics of the LAPD and tireless prosecutors. Your book punctures this false narrative and goes deep. I wish Bugliosi were alive to face these charges. They are devastating. I hope you follow up with a second book on this sprawling subject.

  21. My mom (who grew up with the helter skelter narrative) and I just finished CHAOS together and she was astounded at your information . The amount of corruption in American government is often unfathomable, and we loved how eloquently you portrayed the reality in your book. thanks so much

    So much love- The Wyatts

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