Monday, November 20, 2006

What the Press Says about Davis

Former Manson Family Member Denied Parole

(CBS) LOS ANGELES A former Manson Family member convicted in connection with two 1969 killings was denied parole Monday.

The state parole board decided Bruce Davis should remain behind bars, according to Sandi Gibbons of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He was denied parole for the next year.

Davis, now 63, was convicted along with others in the stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home, and the slaying of Donald "Shorty" Shea.

Shea's remains were later found buried near the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth, where Manson and his gang lived.

Davis, who has now been denied parole 24 times, was not involved with Manson and some of his other followers in the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, grocery store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, and four other people.

Manson and most of his co-defendants have repeatedly been denied parole.


Parole denied for Manson follower Bruce Davis

Associated Press

A state prison board denied parole Monday for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson who was convicted in two 1969 slayings.

The unanimous decision by the California Board of Prison Terms was the 24th time parole had been denied for Bruce Davis, who is serving two life terms.

Davis' supporters told the board he was a reformed man who deserved to be freed. Now 63, he earned a doctorate in theology and became a prison minister. He even married in prison and fathered a daughter who turns 13 next week, friends told the parole board.

"He's a changed man, and he deserves an opportunity," said Jeffrey York, who ministers to inmates and has visited Davis in prison for 16 years.

Others said Davis should be paroled because questions surround how deeply he was involved in the murders for which he was convicted.

"He didn't kill anybody," Donald Miller, a paralegal who has known Davis for 15 years, told the board. "Bruce said, 'No.' ... He later did stab a victim superficially - not deep enough to draw blood."

Prosecutors and family members of the Manson Family's victims said there was no question about Davis' guilt and argued he should remain imprisoned.

They recounted in graphic detail his role in the murders of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home and the later slaying of former stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. The stuntman lived at the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth where Manson had his commune.

Manson Family member Barbara Hoyt, sometimes in tears, recalled how she awoke to Shea's "loud, bloodcurdling scream" as he was killed.

"It was not a gentle murder," Hoyt told the prison board. "There were chop marks and hash marks in his bones."

She testified against Davis and other Manson followers during their trials and was not charged in the Manson Family deaths.

Los Angeles County prosecutor Patrick Sequeira told the board that Davis held a gun to Hinman's head as Manson nearly cut off the musician's ear with a sword. Others later stabbed Hinman to death, but Davis was not present.

Davis was not involved in the cult's most famous slayings on consecutive days in August 1969. Yet he was "one tentacle of a unified monster," testified Sharon Tate's sister, Debra Tate, who lives in the Los Angeles area and is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

On Aug. 9, actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, was killed along with four others at her Hollywood Hills estate. The next night, grocery store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, were killed in their Los Feliz home.

Davis' wife, Beth, said outside the hearing that while her husband was involved in the slayings, he now views Manson as "a very sick and evil person."

Manson and others convicted in the Tate-La Bianca killings have routinely been denied parole. But a Manson follower convicted with Davis in Shea's murder, Steve Grogan, was paroled after leading police to the victim's body.

Davis, imprisoned at California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, did not attend Monday's hearing. He will be eligible for parole again next year.


meatwad said...

At least Bruce is in a nice location...San Luis is very nice.


zoomjaw said...

Why does Debra Tate get to speak at the Bruce Davis hearing?

Anonymous said...

Barbara Hoyt says:
"It was not a gentle murder," Hoyt told the prison board. "There were chop marks and hash marks in his bones."

Hey Barbara, if you were so distraut over the death of Shorty Shea, why did you stay at Spahn Ranch and why didn't you go to the police and report his death or just leave altogether? Instead, you took off with the group up to Barker Ranch.

In my eyes, you're just as guilty as Bruce Davis. You heard the guy screaming and you did NOTHING.

So don't give me this holier than thou bullshit. How do you feel as a Christian knowing that you heard Shorty dying and you did NOTHING?

God damn Barbara, you were there. You heard it, you knew what was happening.

Answer me that.

deadwoodhbo said...

Clem the snitch.other than fromme and good ,the so called family all back stabed Charlie.Davis to.

Salem said...

None should be freed but Charlie.

chasingbunnies said...

Saint Stephen with a rose, in and out of the garden he goes,
Country garden in the wind and the rain,
Wherever he goes the people all complain.

Stephen prospered in his time, well he may and he may decline.
Did it matter, does it now? Stephen would answer if he only knew how.

Wishing well with a golden bell, bucket hanging clear to hell,
Hell halfway twixt now and then,
Stephen fill it up
lower down
lower down again.

Lady finger, dipped in moonlight, writing what for? across the morning sky.
Sunlight splatters, dawn with answer, darkness shrugs and bids the day good-bye.

Speeding arrow, sharp and narrow,
What a lot of fleeting matters you have spurned.
Several seasons with their treasons,
Wrap the babe in scarlet colors, call it your own.

Did he doubt or did he try? answers aplenty in the bye and bye,
Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills,
One man gathers what another man spills.

Saint stephen will remain, all hes lost he shall regain,
Seashore washed by the suds and foam,
Been here so long, hes got to calling it home.

Fortune comes a crawlin, calliope woman, spinnin that curious sense of your own.
Can you answer? yes I can. but what would be the answer to the answer man?

The Grateful Dead

Anonymous said...

Everything with Barbara seems to be an attention grab.

Her words were something along the lines of "Those of us who did the right thing are essentially ignored" .... It's all about Barbara wanting some attention or maybe a book deal or an interview.

If Barbara wanted to "Do the the right thing", she should have helped Shorty or bailed out and went straight for the police ... instead she crawled under a bunk and went to sleep.

On the interview with Bill Nelson, Bill ran down a whole list of names where he asked Barbara to tell him what came to mind when she heard each name. The only name Bill didn't give her was her own, Barbara Hoyt.

I have no idea why Barbara was allowed to speak at Bruce Davis' hearing .... it just sounds like another desperation move on somebody's part to try and confuse the Board of Parole hearings.

Maybe she now plays the role of "Victims Support" like another individual that also irks me. The badge should probably read something like "Life Support" instead of "Victims Support" because they're both "Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven's door".

Barbara has alot to say about everyone else but herself.

You can say what you want to, but the fact is that the twinkie girl heard shorty shea's "Blood Curdling" screams and did nothing to help the guy ...... not even a phone call to the police to mention that something horrible was occurring.

So the next time that Barbara opens that mouth to voice her opinion, I want her to think long and hard about how she let shorty die without even making the attempt to contact the authorities. She even stayed on at the ranch after she knew that shorty was murdered. I'm sorry Babs .... in my book, that makes you an accessory to murder.

Barbara, if you have something you want to say, you know where to find me.

deadwoodhbo said...

Salem said...
None should be freed but Charlie.

11:37 AM, November 22, 2006
Well said Salem and a peacefull Thanksgiveing to you.

Salem said...

Happy Holidays to all!