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Charles Manson and Scientology

Bruce Davis


Scientology critics like to present Charles Manson as a typical Scientologist. Manson, however, only dabbled into Scientology for a short time, alongside many other subjects. Scientology had nothing to do either in the horrible murders he pushed his followers to perpetrate. This does not prevent critics from presenting a completely distorted picture of the reality. This page provides all the facts necessary to understand the situation in a correct perspective.


Bruce Davis was a Manson follower who, unlike Manson himself, pursued for a while courses in the Church of Scientology. The church says he was kicked out because of drugs. He May or not have been involved in the slaying of Gaul and Sharp, as well as that of Joel Dean Pugh in London. At least two books even contents he was the Zodiac Killer.

From HELTER SKELTER by Vincent T. Bugliosi, page 647

According to unconfirmed reports, Doreen Gaul was a former girl friend of Manson Family member Bruce Davis, himself an ex-Scientologist.

Davis' whereabouts at the times of the murders of Sharp, Gaul and Jane Doe 59 are not known. He disappeared shortly after being questioned in connection with the death of Zero.

On December 1, 1969, Joel Dean Pugh, husband of Family member Sandy Good, was found with his throat slit in a London hotel room. As noted, local police ruled the death a suicide. On learning of Pugh's demise, Inyo County DA Frank Fowles made official inquiries, specifically asking Interpol to check visas to detrmine if one Bruce Davis was in England at the time.

Scotland Yard replied as follows: "It has been established that Davis is recorded as embarking at London airport for the United States of America on 25th April 1969 while holding United States passport 612 2568. At this time he gave his address as Dormer Cottage, Felbridge, Surrey. This address is owned by the Scientology Movement and houses followers of this organization."

From HELTER SKELTER by Vincent T. Bugliosi, Footnote inserted in text:

One of Manson's chief disciples, Bruce Davis, was very closely involved with Scientology for a time, working in its London headquarters from about November or December of 1968 to April of 1969. According to a Scientology spokesman, Davis was kicked out of the organization for his drug use. He returned to the Manson family...in time to participate in the Hinman and Shea slayings.

Article from THE PRESS ENTERPRISE - February 23, 1997 Sunday:

February 23, 1997 Sunday

THE PRESS ENTERPRISE HEMET-SAN JACINTO (and other local editions)

LOCAL; Pg. B08

Author ties killing to Zodiac, Manson

by Raymond Smith, The Press-Enterprise

RIVERSIDE

A new book suggests a member of the Manson crime family might be the Zodiac killer, whose crimes - some believe - began more than 30 years ago in Riverside.

In " Manson Behind the Scenes," author Bill Nelson of Orange County discusses what he calls similarities in letters attributed to Zodiac. Nelson said the similarities and other evidence lead back to Bruce Davis, a member of the Manson family imprisoned for two murders.

The book stops short of naming Davis as Zodiac but says he "is worthy of close scrutiny in the unsolved murder in Riverside County. " One chapter of the book is devoted to Davis, the rest to others in the Manson family.

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Nelson said that while doing research for his self-published book he found the possible connection between Zodiac and the Manson family. Retired Los Angeles police Lt. Earl Deemer showed him a copy of a four-line note discovered among belongings of Doreen Gaul, who was murdered in Los Angeles in November 1969. Deemer now lives in Palm Desert.

Gaul, 19, and James Sharpe, 15, were found dead near a house owned by the Church of Scientology, Nelson said. Both victims and Davis had been Scientologists, and Gaul lived in a communal house with Davis near where the bodies were found, Nelson said.

The typed letter from the Gaul investigation includes the line, "YOU ARE TO (sic) BEAUTIFUL TO LIVE AND I MUST KILL YOU. " At the bottom are the words "THE ZODIAC KILLER. "

Both victims were stabbed repeatedly and Deemer said in an interview Wednesday that the "overkill" reminded him of the Manson murders, which he helped investigate.

Nelson compared the note to a confession letter sent to police and the Daily Enterprise, now The Press-Enterprise, after the Bates murder. In part, the note read, "SO DON'T MAKE IT TO (sic) EASY FOR ME. "

Nelson also said that when turned upside-down, the hand-lettered "I"s on the envelope sent to the newspaper look the same as hand-written, noose-like symbols at the bottom of the letter from the Gaul case. The lettering similarities and improper use of the word "to" show the same person wrote both letters, he contends.

The Bates and Gaul cases remain unsolved. Davis is serving life sentences for murdering Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea under orders from Charles Manson.

<snip>

From http://www.zodiacmurders.com./victim_gaul_sharp.html :

Gaul had been living at a Scientology Center, Theaton Manor, a 14 room house at 1030 S. Bonnie Brea. Hard-core Manson follower Bruce M. Davis also frequented this house. He told an investigating C.I.I. agent that he had been intimate with 9 girls at the Manor but denied knowing Doreen Gaul or anything about the murders. Actually he had been dating Gaul but she was also dating a black man. This fact had stirred Davis to great anger.

The most startling aspect of this case occurred when a detective discovered a typed note. It was a carbon copy of the original and all in capital lettering, very much like the Bates Zodiac letter of 11/29/66. This note, complete with explanation, is found in "The Zodiac / Manson Connection" book. The note contains a threat to Gaul. It is signed "The Zodiac Killer" and a "Z" (a symbol rarely used by Zodiac) is also used.

 

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