Gentry was best known for co-writing "Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders."
Gentry was best known for co-writing “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders.”

The San Francisco author best known for co-writing “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders” has died. He is being remembered as a true San Franciscan.

Curt Gentry made his name with the book that chronicled the gruesome 1969 murders by cult leader Charles Manson. He also wrote a best-selling critical biography of J. Edgar Hoover and several nonfiction books about California.

For decades, Gentry would gather with his closest friends at the North Beach bar Gino and Carlo.

“There’s nothing he didn’t know about San Francisco. If someone had a question, he was the one to ask. It was amazing,” says Ron Minolli, who co-owns the bar.

He says Gentry had a wide circle of friends from all walks of life. Gentry also loved cooking and his adopted city.

Gentry was born in Colorado and came here to attend San Francisco State University.

He was 83. Gentry requested that there be no services.

Author

Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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