Tuesday, February 09, 2010
A Book I am Looking Forward To
I don't have to tell you everything so I never told you that I got to meet Alisa Statman some time ago. I found her to be an absolutely smart and cool and charming lady. A real joy. Someone who would not suffer fools gladly ever. So no wonder Bill Nelson never liked her. The pompous buffoon!
Anyway Statman is very successfully working in the Hollywood BIZ and protecting Patti Tate's children and her legacy. Which is super nice of her when you think about it. I think when I started this blog ages ago I was not nice to her. But I was a child then. Now the Col is a man and can admit when he was wrong.
Through our meeting I got to read a manuscript. I think then it was called THE TATE LEGACY or something. It was powerful, It made me cry. I found myself bowled over by the book.
It is hard to describe the book really. Statman wrote it along with Patti's daughter, Sharon's niece. Yet it draws extensively on the book that Col. Paul Tate wrote and never published. It draws on a manuscript that Ma Tate was writing. It draws on notes from Patti. It draws on writings from everyone that lived the hell of the Cielo slaughter. Except of course Debra. Because as I keep saying (and actually getting bitchy emails about, as if I did it) Debra's family disowned her.
Sure we learn a lot. It is the unspoken voice of the Tate Family, a Family destroyed by Linda Kasabian, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinckel. We learn of pain and sorrow. We learn details never before revealed. We learn how Tex and Bruce conspired as "ministers" to take over the prison chapel. It's a great fucking book.
The Col tried to get this to agents but without avail. It was like the killers superseded the victims.
But God Bless Statman. Word comes that a major publisher (I'll say if she lets me) has picked it up for the end of this year. I think the new title is Restless Souls.
I am more hopeful that I ever was for the Tom O'Neill book- if it every comes out. But I read this book. The authors need to do the talk show circuit. They need to push this shit out of this book. Fuck Bugliosi and Debra. The Tates went through hell and at last history will be enlightened.