Monday, April 27, 2015

California judge denies parole to former Charles Manson follower convicted in 1969 slayings

  • Article by: BRIAN MELLEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 23, 2015 - 5:10 PM

LOS ANGELES — A Charles Manson follower who once bragged of cutting a man's head off lost another bid for freedom for two murders that have kept him behind bars 45 years.

Bruce Davis' record shows there is "some evidence" he is dangerous and shouldn't be freed, Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan wrote Wednesday in upholding the governor's reversal of a parole board decision to free him.

Davis, 72, was sentenced to life in prison in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

Davis claimed he turned his life around in prison, earning a doctoral degree, becoming religious and ministering to other inmates. The parole board cited those accomplishments, along with his age and good behavior as reasons to grant him parole in March last year.

Gov. Jerry Brown rejected that decision in August, saying factors in his favor were outweighed by the brutality of the killings and Davis' lack of insight into his crimes, which he didn't admit until 2012 after claiming for years to be an innocent bystander.

The Manson family planned to rob Hinman, a friend, but killed him after holding him two days because he said he didn't have money. Davis held Hinman at gunpoint while Manson sliced his face open with a sword.

About a month later, Davis stabbed Shea at Spahn Ranch where the family lived. Davis boasted he decapitated the ranch hand. Shea's body was found buried on the property years later.

"Both victims were abused, defiled and mutilated," Ryan wrote. "These actions demonstrate the utmost callous disregard for human suffering."

Davis' lawyer hadn't seen the decision, but said he would appeal to a higher court.

"I'm stunned. I can't believe he would do that," attorney Michael Evan Beckman said. "The judge is wrong."

The judge said he gave broad deference to Brown's discretion and that the governor's decision in August didn't amount to cruel or unusual punishment.

The parole board has found Davis suitable for release three times, but Brown and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision each time.

Davis was not involved in the notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others and was considered a more likely candidate for release.

Manson and three followers, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson, remain in prison for life in the Tate killings. Co-defendant Susan Atkins died of cancer behind bars in 2009.

http://www.startribune.com/nation/301101861.html

36 comments:

katie8753 said...

Where is everyone? Did the rapture occur? I doubt it.

katie8753 said...

In fact if it did, I doubt God would take these folks.

starship said...

I'm still here. Just mad busy...

katie8753 said...

Hi Starship. I was just kidding. I guess there's not much more to say about Bruce Davis.

Marliese said...

"Both victims were abused, defiled, and mutilated. These actions demonstrate the utmost callous disregard for human suffering."

I wonder if leslie van houten keeps up with these decisions?

katie8753 said...

Hi Marliese! I agree, Leslie is as guilty, if not MORE guilty than Bruce.

Bruce thinks because he earned a doctorate that he deserves to get out. It's not that hard to earn a doctorate when you don't have to work or worry about paying for it. What a loser.

Marliese said...

Agreed, Katie. He's been at the Men's Colony all these years, I don't think he's ever even been transferred, has he? The Men's Colony isnt exactly Pelican Bay...where the toughest of the tough are sent. It's a prison but it's low to medium security...Tex was there with him for years till he was transferred to Mule Creek. And he's been doing his chaplain thing for decades. So good for him, he can just stay there and continue counseling his fellow inmates.

I wonder why his wife divorced him? She worked hard for his release in many parole hearings. Maybe she'd had enough....

katie8753 said...

I don't know why his wife divorced him, but she probably got sick of being married to someone who was never around to mow the yard or do home repairs. She was single-handedly maintaining a home...what'd she need him for?

Probably the same reason Tex and Bobby's wives jumped ship.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Starship and Marliese!

: )

Marliese said...

Hi Lynyrd :)

beauders said...

Watson's wife jumped ship because Tex was getting blowjobs from the other inmates.

Dilligaf said...

In regards to Beauders' comment, so much for the adage that it is always better to give, than receive...

katie8753 said...

Dill! LOL!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

LOL

starship said...

LYNYRD!

Marliese said...

Lmao Beauders. So old Tex was getting prison bj's, and his wife finds that immoral. I guess that's as good an excuse as any to finally come to your senses.

Doc Sierra said...

I heard that Tex loved the bj's until he got a cramp in his jaw.....

katie8753 said...

Yeah, was Tex getting blowjobs before, after or DURING his church services? Was that in lieu of the offering plate? HA HA.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Here's a guy who's supposed to be a "minister" of some sort, and yet, he's receiving blowjobs from other men, while he's married to a woman.

Is that contradictory or what?

It makes you really question the sincerity of his religious convictions.

Dilligaf said...

Or, it shows he can talk out of both sides of his mouth, among other things. I cannot say if his sermons were tongue in cheek, or if it was something else, but you can bet he said a mouthful....

Okay, I'm done.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

LOL

Marliese said...

He's a hypocrite. And a good actor. Anyone remember an old parole hearing of Tex's....probably early 90's, the one with Doris Tate...she held herself together, but it was obvious she was furious...and he just sat there, smug as ever. Its the one where Doris asks when does my daughter get parole, or similar to that. He was sickening to her...absolutely blank. As a father, by that time, I don't know he couldn't just break down. But he's like a narcissist...no sincere empathy. And a later parole hearing when he was all pissed about being moved (probably thanks to Doris) and how they just didn't understand how difficult that was going to be for him. Go to hell Tex. You"ll go where they tell you to go, baby killing monster. I wonder if he even remembers Shorty?

katie8753 said...

He is a hypocrite Marliese. I don't know how Doris sat in the same room and breathed the same air as this hideous monster. My hat's off to her that she could sit through hours of this nonsense and listen to how he killed her daughter and her friends.

These prisoners have it WAY too easy. They oughta be making license plates and working on a chain gang. Enough of this idle leisure and fake "preaching"!!

Instead, they whine that they can't have conjugal visits anymore and stamp their feet and throw a shit fit that their parole was denied.

I think it's hilariously comical when they all fold their arms at parole hearings and say "I'm NOT talking about the case anymore". HA HA HA.

Get real bozos and get a new angle. Cuz that one's not working!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I believe this is the hearing that Marliese is referring to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr-MUJsROKQ

And I agree, Tex is a scumbag.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

That's powerful footage.

When Doris was grilling Tex, I like the way she intentionally took a really long pause, between each question.
It really drives her point(s) home.
Each pause is probably only 10 seconds long, but it feels like forever.
At the same time, she stares at Tex with daggers.
You gotta give the woman credit, she was a tough old broad.

I think Tex's attorney was tremendously rude.
He started packing-up his paperwork and pens, while Doris was still speaking.
That was obviously a low-class ploy (on his part), to get her to stop talking.
He was trying to "hurry her along"... and get her to shut up.
That's a pretty cheap maneuver, considering the fact that those hearings last for hours... and she's the mother of a victim.

beauders said...

If you read between the lines in "Will You Die For Me?" Watson pretty much claims that he, a multiple murder, is a better person than a homosexual. Well now he's both. Manson has always said Watson was a mama's boy, does that mean Watson was effeminate at the ranch?

katie8753 said...

Off subject from sleaze-dog, baby-killin' Tex..

Today is Kentucky Derby day!!

katie8753 said...

Tex is a fucking asshole and he can burn in hell.

katie8753 said...

American Pharoah won. If anyone cares. Yeah....

Marliese said...

Lynyrd, thanks for posting the video with Doris!

katie8753 said...

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let you know that Lynyrd's computer is on the "fritz" so if you're trying to get in touch with him by e-mail it will be a few days before he can respond. Thanks for your patience!! :)

william marshall said...

Hello Katie Lynyrd Beauders been away for awhile pretty sick still with this dam Cancer been catching up on past post's Beauder's I'm thrilled you're book is complete like I said before ask us out here in Tate/Labianca land for personal donations towards publishing the book I'd throw in 1,st $50 I know it's not much but surviving on SSI check once a month anyway doe's anyone ever see any of the family ever leaving prison any other way then in a pine box ? Myself I don't I can see Bruce dying before Manson he's getting up there in age & doesn't have Manson's experience serving time IDK I just see him giving up & kicking the bucket I think Steve Brogan will be the only lucky one Bobby doe's stupid shit to keep himself in there his warped art work how many times he change's his story as for Watkins's it's to bad he didn't get shanked to death 40 years ago in my humble opinion Peace to all the fine people on this blog

william marshall said...

Oh one more thing if I may anyone who believes Bobby or Bruce deserve their freedom really needs to read Restless Souls I believe anyone with a heart who Read's this fine book will agree they do not deserve freedom Ever !

katie8753 said...

Hi William! I hope you can feel better soon!

I agree, I don't think any of them will get out of prison alive. Yeah Bobby's one sick puppy. You'd think he'd be smart enough to try and act normal, but I guess he's not.

william marshall said...

Thank You Katie Bummer Bob is definitely a creepy dude Loved the post on the Haube case never heard any of that before I'll be 45 in June & must admit in my late teens early 20's I had some 1,st hand association with a well known 1% bike club here in Jersey & they are capable of all kinds of Evil glad I wised up early enough to disassociate myself from that world & Katie your well wishes are deeply appreciated it's been a hard fight & unfortunately far from over

katie8753 said...

Oh William, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong...I know it's hard. Try to think positive thoughts! My best wishes to you my friend! :)