Bruce Davis, The Manson Family Cultist, Had His Parole Hearing Rescheduled After He Was Featured On A True Crime Podcast

Bruce Davis, a member of the notorious cult “family” of Charles Manson, who killed many people in California in 1969, had his most recent parole hearing rescheduled after he was featured in a true crime podcast.

Bruce Davis, The Manson Family Cultist, Had His Parole Hearing Rescheduled After He Was Featured On A True Crime Podcast

Davis said that despite his excitement for the hearing expressed in a Christmas card he sent to the interviewer, parole commissioners raised concerns and the hearing was ultimately postponed.

“I’ve yet to hear the podcast,” Davis told Fox News Digital in an email, before asking about it. “Does it sound as if I’m glorifying Manson or my crimes?”

In February and April of 2023, Davis spoke over the phone with Keith Rovere, the host of “The Lighter Side of Serial Killers,” about his Christian faith while incarcerated and the book he was working on. Rovere was a former prison chaplain.

“He wanted my help and the help of my followers to ask him questions about his past to jog his memory for stories for the book,” Rovere told Fox News Digital.

They talked about Davis’s initial meeting with Manson, ranch life in the cult’s Los Angeles location, and stories of other members and those who were in Manson’s inner circle, such as the Beach Boys.

Manson was characterized by Davis as a “little, undersized person” who had enormous power over his followers.

“I know from the dark side,” Davis told Rovere over the phone from inside San Quentin State Prison.

Rovere informed Fox News Digital that Davis’s offences were not discussed. However, Davis did talk about how Manson gained popularity and how drugged-out cult members were often.

“I know that I don’t know everything,” Davis said. “And there will be some questions that stimulate something that bring something back that is part of the story that I dismissed.”

Since his arrest in 1972 for his involvement in the murders of Donald “Shorty” Shea, a 35-year-old Hollywood stuntman, and Gary Hinman, a 34-year-old musician and acquaintance of many Manson family members, Davis, 81, has been denied parole numerous times.

He was not charged with involvement in the house invasion murders that claimed the lives of four other people including actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant, and he did not kill any of the victims himself.

Another member of the Manson family found guilty of Shea’s murder, Steve Grogan, was granted parole in 1985 after pointing out the victim’s remains to detectives.

According to California prison records, the board granted Davis parole in 2021; however, the decision was overturned by Governor Gavin Newsom.

In July 2022, the board denied him a more recent release. Although his application for an administrative review was accepted the next year, he was not expected to be eligible again until 2025.

Records from the California Department of Corrections indicate that parole officers rescheduled his suitability hearing for January 18. Per the records, Davis was given a new hearing date on August 8.

Rovere stated that the commissioners’ knowledge of the podcast interviews was the direct cause of the postponement. The public information officer at the prison was unable to confirm the specifics of the hearing right away.

“If the parole board felt uneasy about him just doing a podcast, who knows what they’ll think,” said Rovere, who regularly hosts some of the country’s most infamous killers on his podcast, including “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz and the “Happy Face killer” Keith Jesperson.

Rovere is a proponent of constructive relationships between the worst of the worst inmates.

“Most of the people I talk to aren’t believers and aren’t religious. I don’t push it on them, but that’s my foundation,” he said. “It’s mostly about making a positive change in their lives because no one else is doing it.”

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