Friday, March 01, 2013

COL Called It

Gov. Brown blocks parole of Manson family follower Bruce Davis Brown is the second governor to go against a parole board's decision to free the convicted killer, who is now 70. Davis' lawyer said he will probably appeal.

Bruce Davis Bruce Davis has served more than 40 years for two murders connected to the Manson family. (California Department of Corrections / January 29, 2013)  Manson family member By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times March 1, 2013, 10:08 p.m. SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked parole for Bruce Davis, a former follower of notorious killer Charles Manson. Brown said in his written decision he did not believe Davis, who is in prison for taking part in two Manson family murders, "was just a reluctant follower who passively went along with the violence." "Until Davis can acknowledge and explain why he actively championed the family's interests and shed more light on the nature of his involvement," Brown went on, "I am not prepared to release him." FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said Bruce Davis was convicted for his role in the killing of aspiring musician George Hinman. The victim's name was Gary Hinman. This is the second time Davis has been granted parole and then had it overturned by a governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 cited similar reasons for keeping the convicted murderer imprisoned. A state appeals court ultimately upheld that decision. Davis' lawyer, Michael Beckman, said Friday that he will probably appeal again. Davis is eligible for another parole hearing as soon as October. Beckman said Brown's decision was political and his stated rationale for continuing to keep Davis, now 70, behind bars would be "laughable if the consequences for my client weren't so devastating." Davis told a parole board in October 2012 that he had been accepted into two transitional programs in Los Angeles, including one that specializes in helping paroled murderers adjust. He said that if freed, contending with negative publicity would be likely to pose one of his biggest challenges. Parole hearing transcripts show that over the years, Davis gave conflicting accounts of his role in the murders he was convicted of and minimized his involvement in the Manson group. They also show that Davis has used the past four decades to earn a doctoral degree in religion, graduating summa cum laude, and completed vocational training in drafting and welding. He participated in therapy and self-help programs, married and fathered a child. Davis, 26 at the time of the murders, was convicted in 1972 for taking part in the killings of aspiring musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, who also worked as a Hollywood stuntman. Details of Shea's killing, which had always remained murky, were further confused by Davis' recent assertion that it took place on a day and at a location that differed from prosecutors' claims. Another Manson family member, Steve "Clem" Grogan, was convicted along with Manson and Davis of killing Shea. In 1985, Grogan became the only Manson family member convicted of murder to win parole, after directing law enforcement to Shea's body.

8 comments:

Panamint Patty said...

Mr. Patty asked her this morning if she was surprised about Bruce? Nah, not really. She would have been more surprised if he DID get out.

They are all going to die in jail.

Cindy Lee said...

Nice new look you have here, Col.

Marliese said...

I agree, nice new look, Col. Love the title font.

Kiffer dude said...

This decision is ridiculous. I do not know whether Bruce should get paroled anymore than the 2 idiot Govenors. It should be left up to the experts who actually investigate his behaviour while in prison and take everything into account EXCEPT political motivation. A mans future should be determined by his actions not on whether a Govenor will get re-elected or not. If this is to be the case, than abolish the parole system. Most certainley do away with the parole boards who are paid with taxpayers dollars to make these decisions. If anyone is wondering why our country is in the state it is, look at this decision, it is another shining example of a politician doing what is right for them instead of what is right for the people. No one should be naive enough to really beleive that Davis is still a danger to society.

louis365 said...

Whats up with this new color bullshit?

sbuch113 said...

None of the Tate/LaBianca/Hinmam/Shea killers have ever recounted a coherent, flowing account of what happened before during or after the murders.
They've lied since their capture....or in Bruce's case "surrender".

Here we are all these years later wondering what "really" occurred.
And all the killers say is.....the Devil/Charlie made me do it.

Dancing around the truth will never get Bruce Almighty paroled.

St. Circumstance said...

Hmmmmm???

I seem to remember someone else who made this call as well...

Love the new look- blue as my sparkling eyes

St. Circumstance said...

Wishing everyone a very Happy and safe Saint Patrick's day...

Col you let me know when you want to celebrate Saint Circumstance day and we can get together and have a drink

:)