Beausoleil Denied Parole

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Jul. 1 – Bobby Beausoleil was found unsuitable for parole at a hearing held today by the California Board of Parole Hearings.

Beausoleil, currently housed in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, is serving a term of 7-years-to-life, for the 1969 murder of musician Gary Hinman. He was tried twice; first in November of 1969 resulting in a hung jury. He was then tried in April of 1970, resulting in a conviction of first degree murder. He was sentenced to death on April 15, 1970. In 1972, his death sentence was commuted to life when the death penalty was briefly outlawed.

Beausoleil has now been denied parole 19 times since becoming eligible on August 4th, 1976. He was recommended for parole at his last hearing, held on January 3, 2019. On April 26, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom reversed the decision, stating, “While Mr. Beausoleil reports to have accepted responsibility for his crime, I am troubled by his lack of insight into his underlying motives for committing such extraordinary violence. I am also concerned that Mr. Beausoleil will relapse into substance abuse if released. Given the heinous nature of this crime and Mr. Beausoleil’s limited insight into his violence and substance abuse, I do not believe he can be safely released at this time.”

Beausoleil will not be eligible for parole until 2023.

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18 Responses to Beausoleil Denied Parole

  1. louis says:

    Well…

  2. NoJusticeNoPeace says:

    Do the same with Lulu. Murdering bitch has had more representation than the Boston Tea Party.

  3. Gary says:

    Have you the transcript of his first trial Bo?

  4. KA says:

    You just made my night 😂😂 brilliant.

  5. Bobby Davidson says:

    Sorry Bobby but figured it would happen no govenor with political ambition is ever going to let you or Bruce, Leslie all.granted parole by the professional parole board members but of course the high and mighty Gavin Newsome had to show the voters how much he cares about them
    NOT look what he I’m sure he had something to do with it after 50 years at San.luis opispo they transferred him to San Quentin ain’t that sells bullshit m.facebook.buddies with your son.he has your eyes we did.online petition for Lynette two years later she was freed maybe it will work for you

  6. cielodrive.com says:

    Gary, this this the complete trial. People V Beausoleil 1969

  7. CybeleMoon says:

    Not surprised.The way many of the Manson group, lived their lives ( esp Beausoleil), thumbing their noses and without concern for the rest of society, with thievery and murder, degrading and torturing their victims without a thought for laws, morality or rules and now he want to be released back into the law abiding society he held in such contempt. Is he a sociopath or is he reformed? I wonder what his psychological report says. It boggles the mind. Even looking at both sides I think life in prison isn’t unjust at all. At any rate in this case I think it is just.

  8. No comprende says:

    what?!?

  9. Fred Bloggs says:

    CybeleMoon says:

    and now he wants to be released back into the law abiding society he held in such contempt. Is he a sociopath or is he reformed?

    I don’t think he’s either.
    I don’t think he’s a sociopath and I don’t think he is particularly reformed. Although he committed murder 51 years ago, I don’t even think he’s dangerous. I’ve long felt that Bobby’s problem is this; he thinks, even now, that he’s somehow smarter than everyone else. It’s almost like he hasn’t cottoned onto the fact that his invisibility cloak stopped working back in early August ’69 and that people see through him.
    He might well have been telling the truth but if you really assess his tales, he’s mixed stories up and sometimes with such subtle degrees that after half a century, he’s become kind of un-believable, ie one can’t believe what he says.
    Bobby reminds me of those sharks that even if the blood they smell is their own, they’ll turn on and eat themselves !

  10. Trish says:

    Agree, he needs to stay right where he is at. Agree @Fred Boggs he does seem to have been that way as you stated. Also, he’s smart enough to know, he will probably die there. @No justice,No peace, also right. I use to think that maybe Pat might be sorry, but now I don’t think so; they should not come put of prison unless in a pine box. Leslie was given more special treatment than any of them and she ASKED to go, knowing there would be killings AND wiped everything down thoroughly in the house for prints……still dangerous?? Absolutely!!!

  11. Cybele Moon says:

    Agreed to all above, though sociopaths do have large egos. Anyone who is capable of torturing someone who was apparently a friend, for three days before killing them then, is what? I wouldn’t ever feel he could be trusted.

  12. Fred Bloggs says:

    Cybele Moon says:

    sociopaths do have large egos

    So do popular musicians, politicians, actors, sports people, some rich folk, pimps, business owners……………

    Anyone who is capable of torturing someone who was apparently a friend, for three days before killing them then, is what? I wouldn’t ever feel he could be trusted

    People have often ragged on me for making this point but have never grappled with the answer, namely, what about a soldier in a war or even someone administering torture on a terrorist suspect ~ would you ever trust that person again, knowing what they are capable of and have done ? The issue is not whether they are under orders or whether or not one can compare the context of war to the context of greed and murder ~ I get all that. The issue is what one human being is prepared to do and what they do actually do.
    The argument works about parole as well ~ there are people who do atrocious things in war or in the name of security and then when they have left the service never do anything akin to those actions again ~ and wouldn’t deign to do such things again, demonstrating that people can change in quite profound ways or can walk away from such actions and continue with their lives.
    The reason Bobby has always posed a risk is not because he killed a man in 1969 but because he has always played fast, loose and slippery since the moment of his arrest back in ’69, changing stories, giving information that he clearly does not know to be right and engaging in an attitude that quite frankly does not give those with responsibility any confidence that he has actually moved far away from the mindset of the man that did commit murder. It’s not that there is a fear he’ll kill again. It’s that there is little confidence that even in his 70s, rather like Charlie Manson and other criminals he will tread an even path because he doesn’t come over well as a man that learns his lessons well.
    As an aside, that doesn’t apply to Leslie or Pat, which is not to say that they should automatically be paroled, just that their changes have long been in a totally different league to that of Bobby.

  13. Cybele Moon says:

    Fred, in this case I don’t understand your response as “devil’s advocate ” and your cavalier response about “so do artists and pimps” is not the same thing either. There are sociopaths among us who do not murder, and then are those who “without conscience” do. I just happen to think Beausoleil may be one of those. As you later state he does not give those with responsibility any confidence that he has actually moved far away from the mindset”. Isn’t that what I was more or less saying? War is a completely different scenario with a completely different psychological aspect unless you want to say that the Manson family was at war with the rest of society? What humans do in the stress and trauma of war (and are still held responsible for in certain cases) is not exactly like walking into a friend’s house on an afternoon and torturing and murdering them over money.

  14. Mari says:

    You know what I find interesting about these comments, they’re usually made by the same group of people. Just curious , is this group the same people that control this site? Don’t get me wrong this CieloDrive site is fantastic. The amount of information about what happened in ’69 is amazing but why aren’t there more differing opinions? I don’t expect that these questions will be answered , because who the heck am I , it’s an obseverartion that’s all. Maybe consider publishing different opinions to make it more interesting like the content that is posted to your site.

  15. Cybele Moon says:

    Ha ha Mari, we are just an opinionated bunch who like to keep the conversation going.
    Thanks to those who run this site it has been a marvelous information record and interesting forum with topics covering morality, psychology, society, legality, the American justice system, – all stemming from events that took place 50 years ago during that summer of peace and love and Woodstock.

  16. Fred Bloggs says:

    Mari says:

    You know what I find interesting about these comments, they’re usually made by the same group of people. Just curious , is this group the same people that control this site? Don’t get me wrong this CieloDrive site is fantastic. The amount of information about what happened in ’69 is amazing but why aren’t there more differing opinions?

    Like Cybele says, some of us are just opinionated and this happens to be a subject that we are interested in. Personally, I have an interest in a wide variety of subjects. And you can’t blame those of us that do comment on a regular basis for the fact that many choose not to. That’s like saying to a group that go to Spain every year “you come here every year. Why don’t some different people come here !” Ask the ones that don’t come, not the ones that do !!

  17. Fred Bloggs says:

    Mari says:
    I don’t expect that these questions will be answered , because who the heck am I , it’s an observation that’s all

    Come to think of it, why don’t you comment ? You must have looked at sufficiently plenty threads to know who has commented when and how much ?

    Cybele Moon says:

    in this case I don’t understand your response as “devil’s advocate ” and your cavalier response about “so do artists and pimps” is not the same thing either

    I was being flippant but to raise a serious point. Ego alone doesn’t point to sociopathy. Sure many do have large egos but as I pointed out, so do lots of people that wouldn’t be regarded as sociopaths. Personally, I don’t believe Bobby is a sociopath. That would, in my opinion, be giving him a get out card.
    Come to think of it, when we use terms like socio and psychopath, we’re not usually saying that it’s their fault. So how should one approach the subject ?

    As for the war point, I’ve never said that it’s the same and yes, the Manson clan were in a war situation ~ as far as they were concerned and let’s be honest, the establishment to some extent had more or less declared a cultural war of sorts {both sides had}. None of that justifies murder but we can’t really have this conversation without viewing things from the viewpoint of the participants, even if one doesn’t agree with their viewpoint.
    I’m not afraid to look at their viewpoint and try to understand it. That doesn’t mean I agree with it.
    My point however is regarding the mindset one must house in order to deliberately kill another human being, whether you are a crook or a soldier or an executioner or a lawmaker. It’s a big deal, it’s not some small thing, at least not the first time or first few times. That plays into whether a person can change from having killed. I think a person can. Many are of the opinion that no, if you’ve murdered that’s it, it can never leave you. I’m not under any illusions that everyone that has murdered is a reformed character just because they’ve been in prison. But some are and the journey they’ve had to take is at least comparable to that that anyone who has killed in war and had to get away from that has had to take.
    Interestingly, I think Bobby regrets killing but his mindset and actions over a very long time have not made a good case for him being someone that wouldn’t fall into criminal activity again. Let’s face it, many re-offend but don’t initially want to.

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