California governor reverses parole for Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis

(CNN) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board decision and denied the release of Bruce Davis — a former associate of Charles Manson and a convicted murderer himself.

“I find the evidence shows that he currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison,” Brown said in his decision released Friday night. “Therefore, I reverse the decision to parole Davis.”

Davis was sent to state prison for life on April 21, 1972, for the first-degree murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea in 1969.

In March, the state Board of Parole Hearings granted parole for the 71-year-old Davis following his 28th parole suitability hearing.

Brown had up to 150 days to nullify or modify the decision.

In reversing the board, Brown cited the viciousness of the killing.

“The exceptional brutality of these crimes and the terror the Manson Family inflicted on the Los Angeles community 45 years ago still resonate,” he said.

It is the third time a California governor has refused to release Davis.

In January 2010 and October 2012, the parole board granted him parole. In the second case, the board explained it made such a recommendation because of Davis’ “positive adjustment, record of no recent disciplinary problems, and for successfully completing academic and vocational education and self-help programs.”

Both times, the sitting governors — first Arnold Schwarzenegger and later Brown — reversed that decision.

“When considered as a whole, I find the evidence … shows why he currently poses a danger to society if released from prison,” Brown wrote in 2013 to explain his reversal.

No Manson “family” member has been freed solely for good behavior.

The group’s gruesome killings inspired the best-selling book “Helter Skelter” and made their undisputed ringleader Manson a cult figure.

The 1969 spree ensnared several victims, including 8-months-pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

Manson is serving a life sentence for his role in nine murders. He was denied parole for the 12th time in 2012; his next such hearing is set for 2027, at which time he’d be age 92.

‘I am Charles Manson’s wife’

Afton Burton was 16 and living with her parents in Illinois when she discovered Charles Manson.

Now, nine years later, her name is Star, she’s 25 years old, and she considers herself Charles Manson’s wife, even though it isn’t official yet.

“He filed for the first round of paperwork,” says Star, who says she’s in love with the 79-year-old convicted murderer. “I’m completely with him, and he’s completely with me. It’s what I was born for, you know. I don’t know what else to say.”

Star says she was first attracted to Manson after reading about ATWA, Manson’s environmental philosophy that stands for air, trees, water, animals.

“It’s the life on the planet, you know,” Star says. “The Earth is a rock and everything else on it is ATWA.”

After a few years of sending letters and talking to Manson on the phone, Star, at age 19, moved to Corcoran, a small central California city that’s home to Corcoran State Prison, where Charles Manson has lived for the past 25 years.

She talks to Manson almost every day by phone and visits him on most weekends.

“We talk about anything and everything, you know, like what’s going’ on today– who’s doing what. I try to help him file papers and stuff like that,” the slender brunette says.

The prison limits physical contact. During visits, Star and Manson can only hug each other at the beginning and end. Because Manson is serving a life sentence, they won’t be allowed conjugal visits, even if they’re officially married.

Star says she knows people think she’s crazy.

“I don’t care what those kind of people think. It doesn’t make any difference,” she says. “The man that I know is not what they have in the movies or in documentaries and the books. He’s nothing like that. He doesn’t tell people what to do. He’s not manipulative at all.”

Star spends her days painting and maintaining several of Manson’s social media sites, including MansonDirect.com. Her goal is to try to get Manson out of prison, arguing that he had nothing to do with the seven Tate-LaBianca murders that he was convicted of masterminding.

“Charlie never believed in something called Helter Skelter. That didn’t have anything to do with why those people were killed,” she says of the theory prosecutors used that Manson persuaded a group of followers to kill wealthy white people to incite a race war by framing the Black Panthers.

“He never ever thought any of that stuff. That’s ridiculous,” says an emphatic Star. “That’s crazy.”

Star is fiercely loyal to Manson. She still has a scar from when she shaved her head and carved an X in her forehead two years ago, an act similar to what girls in the so-called Manson Family did during his 1971 trial. She says she did it at Manson’s request as a protest after he was put in solitary confinement.

Critics believe Star is being manipulated by Manson, and that ATWA is just a ploy to get young people like her to pay attention to him.

“The only thing that he’s trying to manipulate people into doing is planting trees and cleaning up the Earth. He genuinely cares about that,” says Star. “He’s nice to everyone. I’ve never seen him try to be manipulative. I’ve never seen any of that.”

Star says Manson, who turns 80 in November, is in good health, and she doesn’t think about what she plans to do with her life after he’s gone.

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5 comments

  • sensrbtch

    keep um rite wer they r! do not lit these urban terrorists out for nuthunin. an that includes alls the blacks,spanglers, and white power dikheds,. and u peoples hav way 2 manies of these p[peoples.

  • Bernard Garret

    This is a little ridiculous already.. The only reason the crimes and the terror the Manson Family inflicted on the Los Angeles community 45 years ago still resonate today, is because of the public never shutting up about it.. There have been far more severe and horrendous crimes and murders that have taken place since the Manson Family did their thing (and a bunch of those people were released from prison)..The only thing keeping the manson family story going is the public, and a lot of the public who talks about this now werent even born when this happened!!

  • Charlotte luina

    The reason this is still news worthy is the fact that these crimes were horrendous. It is not about who was born when or during which time in history. We have got to remember that so many people lost their lives due to what Charles Manson and his followers did. Was justice served in these cases? Perhaps, but not to the extent that justice should have been. If any of these people (still alive) were to get out of prison, the potential is still there for them to go out and kill even more people. As a society, we can not allow that. Think of it this way. Let’s say they get out on parole….okay…then what? they go to the places they are going to go to and let’s say they kill again. What if it were to be you, your spouse, your child or your grand child? One can not say that not a one of them would kill a child. Fact, has already been proven that they have killed a child. remember, Sharon Tate was 8 and a half months pregnant. They had no regard for life then, and they have no regard for life now, unless it pertains to their own life. Not a one of them would be willing to sit in the gas chamber and have the deed done to them, nor would they be willing to lie down and allow the lethal injection be done on them either. They took so many lives, including the life of an unborn child, that had yet to discover what life was all about. He knew no love, mercy, sadness, pain or gain in this world. Manson and his followers took that away from him (the baby, yes the child was a boy). So, for those who whine about the fact that these horrendous and senseless crimes took place 40 years or so ago….you need to get with the program. There are some people on this planet, who for whatever reason are just plain nasty, ugly, and dangerous people. These types of people are put behind bars and kept there for a reason. It is for your safety as well as mine. For the sake of our children and our grand children as well. We can not allow ourselves to forget the brutality of these crimes or the victims. How many more victims are/were out there that we do not even know about? Nor can we forget about the horrendous people that committed these crimes. Something for those of you who read this to think about.

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