On September 9, 2009, Bruce Davis is scheduled for his 27th parole hearing. The hearing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Pacific time, at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, where he has been incarcerated since the mid-70s after being moved from Folsom.
Davis was one of Charles Manson's lesser known "Family" members, who was convicted in 1972 for the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea and has the dubious honor of being the last Manson Family member to be convicted of murder. He received two concurrent life sentences for the murders but due to the laws at the time, his sentence was 7 years to life with the possibility of parole.
Davis is also the only Manson Family killer to have received votes for release from the parole board and on two separate occasions, the parole board was split on their decision.
Bruce Davis has been a model prisoner for over 30 years and has appeared before the parole board once a year since the late 80s.
Does Davis deserve release? Has he served his time and paid his debt to society? Yes, he has been incarcerated since 1972 but when you figure he was convicted of two murders, that averages out to about 18 years per murder. Is that enough? Would the families of Gary Hinman and Donald Shea think 18 years is enough for the murder of their loved one?
Interestingly enough, Davis has a history with the controversial Church of Scientology. He worked at the Scientology headquarters in London from November of 1968 until April of 1969, until he was booted for his drug use.
He is also reputed to have been present when Family member Christopher Jesus (known as "Zero" within the Family) allegedly committed suicide on November 5, 1969.