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
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,
February 23, 1997 Sunday
THE PRESS ENTERPRISE HEMET-SAN
JACINTO (and other local editions)
LOCAL; Pg. B08
Author ties killing to Zodiac,
by Raymond Smith, The
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.
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
Both victims were stabbed
repeatedly and Deemer said in an interview Wednesday that the
"overkill" reminded him of the Manson murders, which he helped
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.
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
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.