Former Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, who pivoted from the courtroom to writing, has died at age 80. After the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others thrust Bugliosi into the spotlight, he won convictions against Charles Manson and several of his followers. The former district attorney died Saturday in Los Angeles after a fight with cancer.

It caused me great sadness when I learned that he had passed on. I knew Vince quite well. I was a fan of Vince and still am today. Vince Bugliosi was probably one of the best prosecutors in the US and his record in the courtroom proved it. He and I got along very well. I would go hear him speak whenever I had the opportunity to do so.

"I’ll miss him personally and the whole world will too."

However, we did differ on some things. Vince also wrote a book called “Reclaiming History” in which he says Lee Harvey Oswald did kill Kennedy and acted alone. But I still have the utmost respect for Vince.

I’ll miss him personally and the whole world will too.

-Jesse Ventura


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