elias column sig

State, national columnists

Will Manson Family killer be set free?

By From page A8 | March 29, 2014

If it seemed like déjà vu all over again the other day when the state’s parole board issued a decision that could free a leading disciple of perhaps the most vicious killer California has ever seen, that’s because it was.

The order marked the third time in the past five years that the Board of Parole Hearings has tried to release convicted Manson Family murderer Bruce Davis. The previous two attempts were reversed, first by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and then by current Gov. Jerry Brown.

This being an election year, it’s almost inconceivable Brown would allow Davis to be released this time, either. Going along with the parole board now would open Brown to Republican charges of being soft on crime, something he’s never been.

It’s been more than 44 years since a cadre of young followers of the racist guru Charles Manson loosed a campaign of terror upon Southern California, their avowed purpose to get a race war raging across the state and nation. He called the scheme “helter skelter,” taking the term from a Beatles song.

Their most notorious slayings were those of actress Sharon Tate and four others at her home in leafy Benedict Canyon on the northern edge of Beverly Hills and the killings of wholesale grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home a few miles away one day later. Manson’s henchmen (and women) covered the walls of the LaBianca residence in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles with racist slogans scrawled in their victims’ blood.

Davis didn’t go on either of those expeditions, remaining at the (now built over) Spahn Movie Ranch in the Chatsworth area of the suburban San Fernando Valley on those humid August nights.

But he did participate in the murders of movie stuntman Donald (Shorty) Shea, whose body was carved up and buried piecemeal around the ranch in the summer of 1969, and aspiring musician Gary Hinman, also cut to pieces with knives and a sword by Manson and friends.

It’s difficult for those not involved in investigating, prosecuting or covering the Manson Family crimes to comprehend their gruesome nature. Trial testimony by one former Manson minion revealed that Davis held a gun on Hinman while Manson slashed his face with a sword, trying to extort money from him. Shea was killed allegedly because Manson feared he was a police informant.

When Brown last year refused to allow Davis to be paroled, his six-page decision included this salient point: “In rare circumstances, a murder is so heinous that it provides evidence of current dangerousness by itself.”

In short, Brown, who at that point had signed off on 81 percent of the parole board’s recommendations for releasing murderers serving life sentences, remembered the crimes well.

To Brown and to most who still recall the Manson spree, the fact that Davis has claimed for more than 40 years he had little to do with Shea’s death, saying he inflicted only a “token” stab wound on the stuntman’s shoulder, matters little. The same for the fact he has been well-behaved in prison and has earned a Ph.D. while incarcerated.

All of which raises the question of what might happen when California gets a governor who not only doesn’t remember the Manson Family, but has little heard about it.

If Brown is re-elected this fall, that question will be delayed. But the leading candidates to succeed him in 2018 might include Democrats like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, 2 years old at the time the Mansons ran amok, and state Attorney General Kamala Harris, 5 at the time. Brown’s current Republican opponents, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former financier Neel Kashkari, were respectively 3 years old and not born until about four years afterward.

Might their lack of sentience at the time lead one of them to let Davis go? If so, that would be just plain wrong, for some crimes are just too horrible ever to be forgiven, no matter how old or intellectual the perpetrators may become.

Thomas Elias is a California author. Reach him at [email protected]

Thomas Elias


Discussion | 10 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Please read our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before commenting.

  • Rich GiddensMarch 29, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Elias is not an ''author''. He's a liar claiming Brown is not soft on crime. Brown is all for illegal immigration! Brown was mayor of Oakland---crime and public corruption central.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • RalphMarch 29, 2014 - 9:21 am

    leave him alone....

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://www.illuminati-news.com/articles2/00201.htmlMarch 29, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    Google... Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation Part I BY DAVID MCGOWAN, MAY 08, 2008 The Center for an Informed America... Again the creation of a Hegelian dialectic.... On one side the Conservative Patriotic American Snookered in to Believing that the Vietnam War is the correct thing to die for, to keep a Domino effect from happening and Communism taking over the Planet ( keeping in mind that the Illuminati Bankers installed Communism in The Soviet Union and "Red China" in the first place ) and a morally lax "counter-culture" of drug use, disrespect for authority, free love and the break down of the marriage tie and family... See as far as establishing a Luciferian New World Order they win on both sides of the issue.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://themurkynews.blogspot.com/2008/06/chapter-eleven-grand-tour-of-satans.htmlMarch 29, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Karl Rove, former top adviser to the President of the United States (nicknamed "Bush's Brain") is himself an ethnic German with a dual German/American citizenship, and whose grandfather was a high-ranking:Nasty............... Karl Heinz Roverer, was a prominent political leader, a Gauleiter and a Nasty State Party chairman. He was also the senior engineer in the Roverer Sud-Deutche Ingenieurburo A. G. Engineering -- the firm that built the Birkenau death camp............... And in the modern day, Paperclip baby Karl Rove(rer), having been proudly named by his parents after his Nasty war criminal grandfather, has been sitting at the right hand of the President, and has been considered one of the most powerful and influential people in the nation.............Google Wolves in sheep's clothing CHAPTER TWELVE: Part Two of the Grand Tour-The Third Reich / "60's Flower Child" Connection?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/wtc13.htmlMarch 29, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    Google... Celluloid Heroes: Part II or: The Tangled Web of Charlie Manson David McGowan February 10, 2002 Charles Manson/LSD and drugs/Satanism = CIA MK ULTRA (CIA Dark ops working for the Illuminati Bankers on Mind Control) working also with the installation of Demons into the Psyche

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Wikipedia GauleiterMarch 29, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    A Gauleiter was the party leader of a regional branch of the NSDAP (more commonly known as the Nasty Party) or the head of a Gau or of a Reichsgau. Gauleiter was the second highest Nasty Party paramilitary rank, subordinate only to the higher rank Reichsleiter and to the position of Führer. During World War II, the rank of Gauleiter was obtained only by direct appointment from Adolf Hitler.............In theory, a Gauleiter was merely a representative of the Nasty Party who served to coordinate regional Nasty Party events and also served to "advise" the local government. In practice, Gauleiters were the unquestioned rulers of their particular areas of responsibility. The legal governmental establishment merely existed as a rubber stamp for the Gauleiter. Party control over the civil administration was institutionalized, as in many cases Gauleiters also held the supreme civil administrative posts in their areas (Reichsstatthalter or Oberpräsident). However, since Party Gau boundaries and provincial/state boundaries were rarely the same, this arrangement led to mutually overlapping jurisdictions and added to the administrative chaos typical of Nasty Germany. READ REVELATION IN THE BIBLE

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Programmed To Kill/Satanic Cover-Up Part 18 (Charles ''Charlie'' Manson)March 29, 2014 - 8:48 pm


    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SHOUT OUT TO THE CALIFORNIA GOPMarch 29, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    In light of 9/11 being an inside job of the Republican NEOCONS ( with the full support of the top Democrats, otherwise if it really is Democrat vs Republican and not just a tag team for the New World Order Globalists, then the Democrats would have ratted out the Republicans by now and not just helped them cover it up ) anyway in light of the information that is clearly out there if you look at it and with Karl Rove and Condelezza Rice being in on it I would suggest that you no longer feature such people as the Headline Speakers at your Conventions.....WAKE UP, HAS NOT THE WORLD EXPERIENCED ENOUGH EVIL, ENOUGH WAR AND POLITICAL ASSASSINATION AT THE HANDS OF THESE PEOPLE ALREADY......SAME FOR YOU DEMOCRATS CONTINUING PSYOPS DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION...AURORA SHOOTINGS, SANDY HOOK PSYOP, BOSTON BOMBING, LYBIA, SYRIA, TRYING FOR IRAN, UKRAINE Wake Up the Globalists are MURDERERS

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ALL OF YOU WAKE UP... King James bible....John 8:44March 29, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • NO NO NO NO to this alsoMarch 29, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Google.... Former California Republican Party chair announces bid for lieutenant governor Ron Nehring announces run via Twitter Feb 18, 2014 ... I am sorry to say this, but this is so typical of them.... I was in a training class about how to have Republicans win elections, how to campaign etc... and there was a nice young woman running in her first campaign for a local " water board " and Mr. Nehring and another official "Republican Trainer" were joking about..." Vote for blank or she will Water Board You " So anyway the tone in which it was said really gave me the creeps.... I do not know of course but Mr. Nehring does seen to have "International Chops" meaning he can get around on a worldwide basis which is sometimes indicative of a dual hat kinda CIA thing, but I really do not know... Anyway they are nice enough to you to your face... but he really creeped me out on a spiritual level..... God please help us.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.