“THIS STORY YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ WILL SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU.”
These words appear on the first page of the true crime novel Helter Skelter written by Vincent Bugliosi. A copy of this book lived inside a drawer in our kitchen around the time I was nine or ten years old. I pulled it many times to examine the section darkened on the edge by the 64-page photo narrative which documented the Tate/LaBianca murders and members of the Manson family. I often wondered what lay beneath the white shapes covering the victims’ bodies in the photographic evidence.
I chose to interpret the published photographs from the crime scene at the Tate/Polanski estate into a series of objects (rugs and a needlepoint) that invoke a sense of the familiar, the common, and the ordinary to remind us that we co-exist with murder on a daily basis. Visit Libby Rosof’s Flickr to see images of this work when it was installed at the Crane Arts Building during the Showroom exhibition.