Bruce Davis, aka Bruce McGregor, a former member of the Manson Family, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the Manson murders.
Davis was born on October 5, 1942, in Monroe, Louisiana. Davis was the youngest of two children. Davis was the editor of his high school yearbook. After high school, Davis attended college in Tennessee for two years, moving to California in 1962. Davis worked as a construction worker and made music in his spare time. Davis, like Manson, was also involved in Scientology.
In 1967, Davis met Charles Manson, who, by this time, had composed a small group of girls. Described as Manson’s right-hand man, Davis’ primary job was handling the stolen credit cards and fake IDs for the group.
Suicide I: Russian Roulette
Davis was one of the Family members present when John “Zero” Haught killed himself playing Russian roulette. The police ruled Haught’s death a suicide. However, there are indications that Haught may have been murdered. An anonymous source reportedly told the L.A. Times that he was there when Haught died. He claimed Haught didn’t kill himself, but was shot by one of the Manson girls.
Davis admitted he had picked up the gun after Haught shot himself. However, when the handgun was dusted for fingerprints, no prints were found, not even Haught's or Davis' prints, indicating that the gun had been wiped clean. The police found out the gun contained seven live rounds and one spent shell, meaning it had been fully loaded when Haught played Russian roulette.
Suicide II: Joel Pugh
Davis lived in London from November 1968 to April 1969 while working at the Church of Scientology headquarters. At the time when Davis was living in London, Sandra Good’s friend Joel Pugh was found dead in a London hotel room under suspicious circumstances. The cause of death was determined as a suicide, but there are suspicions that Pugh was murdered.
After Danny DeCarlo, a fellow Manson Family member, fled the group, Davis and Grogan went looking for him. They found Decarlo sleeping in his truck in Venice. When they tried to break open the car, DeCarlo woke up and grabbed his .45. According to DeCarlo, they were there “to off him”.
Davis was involved in the murders of Donald Shea and Gary Hinman. In April 1970, Davis was implicated in the death of Gary Hinman by Manson Family member Mary Brunner. Davis went into hiding, ultimately turning himself in on December 2, 1970.
In ’72, Davis was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of Hinman and Shea, conspiracy to commit murder, and robbery. Davis was sentenced to life imprisonment.
While in prison, Davis became a born-again Christian and started preaching in the prison chapel. He assisted Susan Atkins in “finding Jesus”. Davis was granted parole several times, but the Governor has reversed his parole.