News Updates

Gov Newsom Blocks Parole of Ex-Manson Follower Bruce Davis

Nov 15, 2019

Former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis — who was convicted of the murders of two men in the summer of 1969 — was denied parole by Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday, reversing a parole board recommendation.

Davis, 77, has been found suitable for parole six times, but has not been freed from prison because then-Govs. Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now Newsom have blocked his release.

Newsom reasoned that Davis was too dangerous to be released.

Davis was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy for the July 25, 1969, stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home and the killing of Donald “Shorty” Shea, who was last seen alive on Aug. 27, 1969.

Court of Appeal upholds reversal of Leslie Van Houten’s 2017 Parole

Sept 20, 2019

A California appeals court on Friday denied the latest parole bid by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten.

Two of the three appellate judges upheld former Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to block her parole last year. She is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and others kill Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in August 1969.

Gov Newton reverses decision to parole Leslie van Houten

June 4, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board’s decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, marking the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson’s murderous cult.

Van Houten, 69, is still a threat, Newsom said, though she has spent nearly half a century behind bars and received reports of good behavior and testimonials about her rehabilitation.

“While I commend Ms. Van Houten for her efforts at rehabilitation and acknowledge her youth at the time of the crimes, I am concerned about her role in these killings and her potential for future violence,” he wrote in his decision. “Ms. Van Houten was an eager participant in the killing of the LaBiancas and played a significant role.”