Bruce M. Davis

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Bruce M. Davis
Bruce McGregor Davis

(1942-10-05) October 5, 1942 (age 76)
Criminal statusIncarcerated
AllegianceManson Family
Conviction(s)Murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery
Criminal penaltyLife with the possibility of parole

Bruce McGregor Davis (born October 5, 1942) is a former member of the Manson Family who has been described as Charles Manson's "right-hand man".[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Bruce Davis was born on October 5, 1942 in Monroe, Louisiana.[3] Davis was editor of his high school yearbook and attended the University of Tennessee for three years.[4] In 1962, he traveled to California.

In 1967, Davis met Charles Manson and associates Mary Brunner, Lynette Fromme, and Patricia Krenwinkel in Oregon.

Davis lived in London from November 1968 to April 1969 while working at the Church of Scientology headquarters."[5]

Manson Family murders[edit]

Davis was present when, in July of 1969, Manson cut Gary Hinman's left ear. Hinman was subsequently stabbed to death by Bobby Beausoleil. Neither Manson nor Davis were present when Hinman was murdered. In late August, Davis participated in the murder of Spahn's Ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea. Davis was present when, on November 5, 1969, John Philip Haught aka "Zero", allegedly killed himself playing Russian roulette.[6]

At some point after these events, Davis went into hiding, ultimately turning himself in on December 2, 1970.[7]

Conviction and prison[edit]

In 1972, Davis was convicted in Los Angeles County of two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of Hinman and Shea, conspiracy to commit murder, and robbery. California having recently abolished the death penalty, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.[8][9][10] He began his sentence on April 21, 1972. He became a preacher in the prison chapel[11] and has kept a clean disciplinary record since 1980. He was found suitable for parole in 2010,[12] 2012,[13] 2014,[14] 2015[15] and 2017.[16] In each case, the sitting Governor ordered a review or reversed the decision.[17]


  1. ^ Times, Los Angeles (2012-10-05). "Charles Manson's 'right-hand man' recommended for parole". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  2. ^ George, Edward; Matera, Dary (1999-07-16). Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars. Macmillan. ISBN 9780312209704.
  3. ^ "The Charles Manson family: Where are they now?". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  4. ^ Sanders, Ed (2002). The Family. Da Capo Press. p. 17.
  5. ^ Sanders, Ed (2002-01-01). The Family. Da Capo Press. ISBN 1560253967.
  6. ^ Bugliosi, Vincent; Gentry, Curt (2001). Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 120.
  7. ^ Bugliosi, Vincent; Gentry, Curt (2001). Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 621.
  8. ^ "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  9. ^ Sanders, Ed (2002). The Family. Da Capo Press. p. 272.
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  11. ^ Sanders, Ed (2002). The Family. Da Capo Press. p. 486.
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  17. ^ Fortin, Jacey (June 24, 2017). "Bruce Davis, a Charles Manson Follower, Has Parole Blocked for Fifth Time". The New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2017.