Jan. 28 – Bobby Beausoleil was found unsuitable for parole at a hearing held today by the California Board of Parole Hearings.
Beausoleil, 74, is serving a term of 7-years-to-life, for the 1969 murder of Gary Hinman. He was tried twice; first in November of 1969 resulting in a hung jury, and again 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 20 times since becoming eligible in 1976. He was recommended for parole in 2019 but Governor Gavin Newsom reversed the grant due to the heinous nature of the crime and Beausoleil’s limited insight regarding it. Beausoleil was denied parole in 2020, but successfully petitioned to have a new hearing.
Beausoleil will not be eligible for parole until 2025.
This is ridiculous. Why rehabilitate,and educate if these prisoners never will be set free? Many have confirmed to be useful human beings in society. Yet you’re wasting our tax dollars to house them,instead of giving them some kind of supervised freedom to be useful for the public. Yes, those that were murdered, will never come back, however, it’s your tax dollar paying for their incarceration. What happened to forgiveness? and reform? These men and women who have been in prison for 50+++ years, should have the chance to at least go to a half way house, work, and be useful to the public. We must forgive, and lose the predjudice,and anger. This is not a good example. Including the victims. We were all taught to forgive. Being angry, and not giving the criminal a chance after 50 years is so wrong. The victim is just as guilty for not forgiving. Remember, mental illness, drugs, and many other factors contributed to these crimes. Lately that’s all I hear, is to forgive, and not to hate. Like I said, why rehabilitate, and educate, if the prisoner never has a chance to use it? It’s a waste of our tax dollar and time. I bet it cost at least 400,000.00 to house a criminal. Wow, a lot of money down the drain. Just think what useful things that money could go towards. Pretty stupid to waste money like this. Give these prisoners a chance to work and have some supervised freedom!!
Is Gary Hinman still dead? As long as he is, BeauSoleil needs to finish his sentence
Mental illness and drugs had nothing to do with Bobby’s crime.
It may be more cruel in some ways to set them free at their late ages. Tax dollars may still be supporting them as old age pensioners.
I think they’d take the tax dollars of everyone else !
As long as Gary Hinman remains dead, Bobby Beausoleil should never again see the light of day.
So should it be with ALL of Manson’s killers.
I’d be curious to know the Board’s rationale for denial. I’ve found some of Bobby’s statements to be appalling and lacking in empathy (like saying he now understood what Hinman went through because a prisoner had stabbed Bobby once; or that Bugliosi had done more damage to Sharon Tate with his Helter Skelter theory than Charles Manson ever did.)
Also, while all of the Manson victims died in horror, Gary Hinman’s horror was drawn out for days, in contrast to the other known victims.
Not sure why, but of all the Manson members still in prison, I find Bobby to be the creepiest,
Van Houten’s petition for review appeal from her 2020 parole hearing was just denied by the CA Supreme Court.
Work? He’s 74 years old. Most likely he will be on the state’s dime anyway. Plus he would still have to go through parole and that means finding him a place he can be paroled to. Because of the notoriety of these murders finding him a home could well be difficult. People have protested when certain inmates are scheduled to be paroled in their area which means either not placing them there or having to try to protect them.
Alexander Hill, I just saw that today on NBC.
This man needs to stay in prison for good! He can’t even be honest with that he did and continues smearing his victim. He is the true PIG, not Gary!
I fully believe that none of the defendants sentenced to death should leave prison in a body bag.
Just like Susan.
The reasons why may vary from person to person.
As to Leslie and Pat, some reasons are guided by compassion.
Bobby, though, Bobby. His prison records expose an unrepentant degenerate mind.
His musical talent and prison compositions ( I don’t like his style, it’s just an annoying drone to me, like a horseflyhovering about my ears) aren’t enough to warrant his release. He is no Leadbelly.
What I look at is his association with the prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood (Nation?); his inability to maintain a plausible consistent narrative of his crime, signifying a refusal to tell the truth; his disciplinary actions while incarcerated, his threats to society, example;
“You’d better pray I never get out of here!”;
And finally, most tellingly for me, his ” art” series , (Spanky Bottoms?), which looks to me like campy old style soft pedo porn.
No. This is not a man suitable to mingle in society at any age.
It is my fervent believe that should Bobby ever walk free, he will kill again, and sooner rather than later.
Michael Harms says:
It is my fervent believe that should Bobby ever walk free, he will kill again, and sooner rather than later
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but even our opinions should be girded by something factual. Bobby has one lung and is in his 70s and has never really been much of a ‘tough guy’.
I personally wouldn’t parole him, but neither would I rely on him to kill the rats in my house, if I had an infestation, because I don’t think he’d be up to killing anything at 74.
[B]Next up, [i]Bruce Davis,[/i]on July 8, 2022.
Living a few houses from me, I grew up with Bobbie in Santa Barbara. We were kids working on his boat and planned to sail the world. His mother was best friends with my mother.
None of you know Bobbie personally … I do, albeit in our younger days. I’m hoping he is finally released, but politically no Governor will risk the political fall-out for allowing his release. For that reason, prison over-stays should be removed from the executive branch and decided only by prison officials and attending professionals … and certainly not by public opinion.
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