BRUCE DAVID letter/envelope 2/4/2015
Letter/envelope set from the Manson Family member.
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This auction is for a letter from California convicted double murderer and "Manson Family" member Mr. Bruce McGregor Davis. On 8/26/1969 Davis killed a Hollywood stuntman. He would later turn himself in and be convicted of two murders and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1972. During his incarceration Davis became a Christian minister and been a model prisoner. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Board of Paroling Hearings have deemed David suitable for release on parole. In each case the California Governor has reversed their decision.
ITEM DESCRIPTION: The missive is one page, dated 2/4/2015, and signed, "Bruce Davis." The letter was written on the reverse of the letter Davis received from the original recipient. He has included one of his religious pamphlets with the letter. The original mailing envelope has eight line of address written in Davis's hand. The letter, pamphlet, and envelope come inside a protective magazine sleeve with an acid free board and have been stored flat. Message me with any questions you might have. Thanks for having a look-see.
ABOUT THE MANSON FAMILY: The "Manson Family" was a environmentally consensus commune of sorts, consisting primarily of young adults, which was established in the late 1960's by Mr. Charles Manson. The group shared similarities with other "hippie groups" of that era. In 1969, after a few members of the group were arrested and later connected to a series of high profile California murders, the group became the focus of intense media scrutiny. The crimes became known as the "Tate/Labianca Murders." At the crime scenes messages were written in blood on the walls, such as "Helter Skelter" and "political piggy." Among the victims were Roman Polanski's wife/movie actress Mrs. Sharon Tate, who was over eight months pregnant and stabbed 16 times. Coffee heiress Ms. Abigail Folger was also among the dead, she was stabbed 28 times. In total nine people were murdered from 7/25/1969 to 8/26/1969. The crimes had many residents in Los Angeles on edge. Manson, Mr, Charles Watson, Ms. Susan Atkins, Ms. Patricia Krenwinkel, Ms. Leslie Van Houten, Mr. Bobby Beausoleil, Mr. Bruce Davis, Mr. Steve Grogan,and Ms. Linda Kasabian were arrested and ultimately linked to the murders after Atkins began bragging to fellow inmates about the crimes. During and after the trail Ms. Lynette Fromme and Ms. Sandra Good became the two most public voices from the group. Both women were arrested in 1975, Froome for the attempted assassination of President Ford. Prosecutors argued the 1969 crime spree was done in effort to start a race war, which was simply something cooked up to push for convictions. All the defendants were ultimately convicted. Despite never personally killing anyone Manson, Atkins, and Van Houten were each sentenced to death, along with Krenwinkel, Watson, and Grogan. Those death sentences would be commuted to life with the abolishment of the death penalty in 1972. Beausoleil and Davis received life sentences. Kasabian received immunity in exchange for her testimony. Grogan would be paroled in 1985. Atkins and Manson have since died in prison. In more recent years Manson supporters Mr. Craig "Gray Wolf" Hammond and Ms. Afton "Star" Burton became the group's face. The A.T.W.A. theme, an acronym of air, trees, water, and animals, has always been the message those closest to Manson have tried to conveyed and not one of "race war hippie death cult murder." A common misconception is despite constantly being referred to as the "Manson Family," the term itself was actually coined by the lead prosecutor Mr. Vincent Bugliosi and was never something those in the group called themselves. There has also been an ongoing argument of guilty and responsibility in the media. Some claim Manson was factually innocent of any wrong doing, a claim that does have some validity. Whether you believe Manson is innocent or guilty, case remains one of the most celebrated true crime cases in modern times.
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