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Curt Gentry dies at 83; California historian co-wrote 'Helter Skelter'
Curt Gentry dies at 83; California historian co-wrote 'Helter Skelter'

Curt Gentry, a California historian who wrote or co-wrote more than a dozen books, including a bestselling biography of J. Edgar Hoover and the true-crime classic "Helter Skelter" about the Manson family murders, written with former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, died July 10 in San Francisco. He was 83. His brother and sole survivor, Pat Gentry, said the cause was lung cancer. Gentry had wide-ranging interests as a historian. His works included "The Madams of San Francisco" (1964), an irreverent history of the city, and "Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings" (1967), about two labor leaders convicted and later pardoned for a...

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