Bruce Davis, Charles Manson Family Member, Paroled After 40 Years in Prison

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Bruce Davis, a 69-year-old former member of Charles Manson's "family" of murderers, was granted parole Thursday after 40 years in prison.

Davis was convicted with the Helter Skelter leader and another man for two murders unrelated to the famous Sharon Tate massacre in 1969.

After being rejected the previous 27 times he came up for parole, his release was approved by the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo.

"It's time for him to go home," said Davis' attorney, Michael Beckman.

Bruce Davis Mug Shot

A parole board determined in 2010 that Davis was ready for release, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision by executive order.

Bruce Davis was convicted of killing Hollywood stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea, who was ordered dead by Manson because he believed he was "a snitch."

Davis was also convicted for his involvement in the murder of musician Gary Hinman, who was killed over money that Manson claimed he owed the Family.

During his four decades in prison, Davis has become a born again Christian, ministered to other inmates, abd married a woman he met through the prison ministry.

He earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.

Charles Manson was denied parole for the 12th time in April and remains in custody at the Corcoran State Prison in Central California.

The 77-year-old will not be eligible for another 15 years.


Here it is almost 3 months from my last comment about the parole of Bruce Davis, and I said then, and I say now, Jerry Brown should get off his duff and make a decision already. Just because he has 4 months to make his decision doesn't mean he has to wait till the last minute. Let the man go already. He's done his time and paid for his crime.


Let the man out already. 40 years imprisonment is enough punishment. Jerry Brown ought to make his decision and stop delaying. That's the trouble with our justice system - it goes on endlessly and never accomplishes anything. Free the man already!!!!!


Check your facts and 'report' correctly. The parole board advised to release him. He still has two large hurdles to go over including the governor. Last time he was approved and the governor over ruled. It's unlikely he will get out. No one in the 'family' has ever been able to get out. He won't be the first.


You really should check your facts...Squeaky Fromme was released in 2009 and she was most definitely a Manson Family member.

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oh No ???? then what about ,,Clem,, S.Grogan??He was convicted of murderin Donald Shorty Shea... 2gether with Mr Davis, Tex Watson, and Manson himself... Mr Grogan is roaming free for years now...


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I think that he should live next door to the parole board, and everyone that okay-ed his release! Seriously what parent or grandparent would want him living next door to their children? I love how they keep mentioning he had nothing to do with the Sharon Tate murders, yah but they still brutally murdered two men. He was there he didn't try to stop it and he even used the machete and sliced the guy a few times. I have read every one of his testimonies. He is guilty. Life in prison should mean just that LIFE in prison. Those two men don't get a second chance because they became "born again Christians" or wrote a book and all that bs. This is ridiculous. Any psycho can pretend to be ok and cured just to get out and start their cult all over again!


he was sentenced to death, had it commuted when the death penalty was banned, was rejected by 27 parole boards- and now he's getting out?!!?!?! wtf is wrong with the state of CA?!?!!? are they THAT broke, they hafta release psychotic murderers to save money?!!?!? he chopped someone up- he committed the crimes when he was 30, not when he was some young, gullible brainwashed cult kid!