Manson follower could be freed after 40 years
A FOLLOWER of American mass murderer Charles Manson could be freed, more than four decades after he was jailed for two "atrocious" killings.
Bruce Davis (70) was recommended for parole by a panel in California, which said he had been a model prisoner for years.
Davis was jailed for life in 1972 after being convicted, with Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan, over the deaths of Gary Hinman, a musician, and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
He long maintained he was a bystander in the killings, but in recent years acknowledged his shared responsibility.
Davis told the parole board he had "made remarkable progress in coming to terms with what I did", adding: "I want to try to make up for some of the pain and destruction."
Davis was previously recommended for parole in 2010, but that was blocked by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who said he was still a danger to society and the crimes were "especially heinous".
Debra Tate, whose sister, the actress Sharon, was murdered by the Manson "family" and who attended Davis's parole hearing, said: "I'm disappointed they'd release a serial killer."
Manson (77), who ordered his followers to kill in an attempt to provoke a race war, was himself refused parole in April. (© Daily Telegraph, London)