Manson Family murderer who killed movie stuntman set to be released from jail on parole after 47 years behind bars


MANSON family killer Bruce Davis is set to be released on parole after serving 47 years behind bars for taking part in two brutal murders.

The 76-year-old was convicted of slaying musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald ‘Shorty’ Shea in 1969, along with separate counts of conspiracy to commit murder and robbery.

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Manson family killer Bruce Davis has been granted parole after 47 years behind bars[/caption]

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The convicted murderer, who was involved in two slayings in 1969, may have his release blocked by Governor Gavin Newsom[/caption]

Davis was part of the brainwashed cult, led by evil puppet master Charles Manson, who killed eight people in Los Angeles in the late-60s.

He was granted parole yesterday after appearing in court in San Luis Obispo, California, according to the Daily Mail.

The convicted killer will be released after 120 days unless Governor Gavin Newsom overturns the decision, as he did for Manson acolyte Leslie Van Houten earlier this month.

In 2017, former Governor Jerry Brown blocked Davis’ parole, part of a pattern of refusing to release members of the Manson family.

His predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger also rejected a previous parole bid for Davis, reports The New York Post.


Davis was not involved in the more notorious killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others by Manson’s group, the subject of Quentin Tarantino’s next film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Manson, who died in prison in 2017, was convicted of orchestrating the Tate murders which were carried out over two days in 1969.

Tennessee-born Davis, who met the twisted cult leader in 1965 after arriving in California, began his sentence in 1972.

He claims to have found religion and has also recently completed a 16-week course which included victim awareness, prevention against relapsing and anger management, the Mail Online reports.

The prisoner also told the parole board that he suffers from respiratory disease emphysema and needs a hip replacement.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department photo of Charles Manson in April 22, 1968,
Davis was part of a brainwashed cult led by the evil Charles Manson who killed eight people in the late-60s


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Manson, who died in 2017, was convicted of orchestrating the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others[/caption]

LA County Deputy District Attorney Donna Lebowitz opposes his release insisting he shows a lack of insight into the impact of his crimes upon others.

She also told the parole board that Davis’ claims that he only acted as a driver in the Hinman murder were “implausible.”

Asked why he did not report the Tate murder when he learned about it the following morning, Davis said: “I don’t know. I’m embarrassed to say but at the time I didn’t care.”

Hinman’s cousin Kay Martley, 81, who was at the hearing, told the Mail that she believes Davis is still a danger to the public.

I don’t think he’s suitable for parole because of public safety

She said: “I don’t think he’s suitable for parole because of public safety.

“I know the prison mission is that they should let people out and make prisoners suitable members of society.

“But these people [the Manson Family] are not. Just look at their personalities and what they did.”

Fellow Manson family members Bobby Beausoleil, and Lesley Van Houten were granted parole this year.

However, their releases were blocked by Governor Newsom.

Other members Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel were denied parole in October 2016 and July 2017 respectively.

Davis claims he drove Manson and two others to the home of Colorado-born Hinman on July 25, 1969.

The musician was then tortured for two days before being murdered after he refused to hand over money to the gang.

Davis was then involved in the murder of ranch worker and stuntman Shea a month later.

He was the last of the Manson family to be jailed eventually handing himself over on December 2, 1970.

His initial sentence of death was overturned after California abolished the death penalty in 1972. He was then resentenced and given life in prison.

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