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Manson family member Bruce Davis is recommended for parole in 1969 killings of musician and ranch hand

Davis Former Manson family member Bruce Davis, who was convicted in the 1969 killings of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, was recommended for parole today.

A two-member Board of Prison Terms panel recommended Davis, 67, for release following his 26th parole hearing at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Davis has been in prison since April 21, 1972.

Corrections officials will now take the decision under review to make sure there were no legal or factual errors. If the decision still stands after 120 days, the case will then be forwarded to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor has 30 days to review the board’s decision. He can reject it, take no action or modify the decision by adding a parole condition or changing the date of release.

Davis, one of the lesser-known followers of cult leader Charles Manson, was convicted in 1972 of the Manson-dictated murders of Hinman and Shea, whom Manson suspected of being a police informer.

Davis was not involved in the infamous Manson family murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: An undated picture of Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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hell i say let him out, the man did his time, and pfft in that time, who wasnt on drugs and prone to being brain washed, by a mad man that looks like jesus, and gives out free drugs, lol, let him out terminator!

Why? He helped kill two people. Why should he ever be released?

Never get past Arnold..ever.


So this guy kills two not so famous people, a ranch hand and I believe a caretaker of the ranch Manson and his clan occupied. Certainly not famous not part of the 60s and 70s in crowd not part of the beautiful, glamorous, Hollywood types, but human just the same. All the killers of the beautiful people have beendenied parole dates. Outrageous this murderer gets a parole recommendation after commiting two murders. The only way Davis should come out of prison is when he dies and is carried out on a stretcher.

So he was a "good boy" and wasn't involved in the Tate murders? He only MURDERED two other gentlemen who were not able to LIVE a normal, everyday life. I'm sure he has now found redemption and all that, but I can't help but feel he should have been redeemed in Haides and saved us countless taxpayer dollars over the years.

The pig's need to let him out so he can go back to the desert and pray over the spots where the forgotten are buried. There are still watchers and family out there. Bruce you know what the score is. After all these years you want people to think you have changed. Charlie wants people to thinks he has changed to. I can say that he has, and that he needs to be set free to go back to a life in the desert
he to has done his time.

When all is said and done he murdered 2 human beings. That is very very wrong. He should NOT be given payrol. Let him to rot in jail. Never forget that every Life is a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a mother or father, a grandson or grandaughter, a best friend, a work mate, a customer, a supplier, a stranger waiting at the bus stop every day with you, etc. Every Life is a PERSON. He took 2 people's lives.


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