• Eric Fisher

A Lottery of Coincidences: Bruce Davis

The Clarksvillian

“It’s not that I don’t believe in coincidences. I just haven’t seen one yet.”

There are a variety of reasons to believe multiple people committed the "Zodiac" murders of the 1960s, with the responsibility placed under one umbrella. In his book, The Annals of Unsolved Crime, acclaimed JFK assassination researcher Edward J. Epstein, focused on the absence of matching evidence at Zodiac crime scenes. It was that missing evidence, not an overly eager media campaign to bundle events, which argued one person may not have been solely responsible for the Zodiac crimes.

The life story of Charles Manson's right-hand man, Bruce McGregor Davis, is ripe with red flags. Family troubles, a child-rape victim, molestation, alcoholism, parental verbal and physical abuse, etc. If you are interested in the details, you can find them here.

Is it likely that Bruce McGregor Davis is the Zodiac? Unlikely. Is it possible Davis killed more people than he was convicted of killing? It's very possible. A better question is, do you believe in the Zodiac story? It's difficult enough to connect the seven documented murders without having to validate the claims of thirty more. On the other hand, Bruce McGregor Davis is a known commodity with remarkably consistent links to several high-profile murders – both Zodiac and non-Zodiac related. Let's look at these coincidences to help explain how a growing number of people believe Davis may have been a serial killer and the most dangerous member of the infamous Manson Family. Buckle up.

The convictions of first-degree murder and conspiracy for the stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman and the killing of Donald "Shorty" Shea were the crimes that landed Davis in prison. However, Davis was not involved in the Tate-LaBianca murders that captured the country’s attention and scarred a generation. Davis remains imprisoned in California because of his involvement in those two murders, with little hope of release. The charges Davis avoided for managing fake IDs and stolen credit cards at Spahn Ranch were surprising. The experiences associated with those activities only create theories when considering the ability to hide identities and travel discreetly.

"There was nobody else at that time — other than the Zodiac Killer — who was prevalent at wielding a knife like these people,” – Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate

Cheri Jo Bates

The Riverside murder of Cheri Jo Bates occurred on October 30, 1966. 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates was attacked after she left the Riverside City College Library. Ms. Bates' attacker is believed to have disabled her car and waited. Riverside College was less than 1 mile from Davis' home at 4159 Lemon Street. Ms. Bates' home was approximately four miles from Lemon Street, at 4195 Via San Jose Street.

Sketch of the Zodiac suspect, and a photo of Bruce Davis w/glasses added

One of the most ardent investigators of Bruce Davis and Bates' theory is Bill Nelson:

"You have been to Riverside, California, but you have refused to admit it. I only learned about it when I met your church-going buddy from Morro Bay, a talented former player for the Kansas City Chiefs, "Bruce told me he had been to Riverside." Riverside is the scene of an unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates, 10-30-66, a young, attractive future flight attendant, like Beth (Bruce's ex-wife). Zodiac left a note after that murder, too. The language matches that of Doreen Gaul. But you knew that. Riverside PD has tried in vain to match DNA with their "favorite" local boy but is now silent that there is obviously no match with Bill Bennett. The poor man has been drug through the mud for decades for her murder, but he did not do that one either." - Bill Nelson

Darlene Ferrin

According to surviving victim Mageau, he and Ferrin had parked at an isolated location to talk. A car, possibly a Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Corvair, pulled into their lot just a short distance away. An ambush left the couple startled and understandably confused. The two victims had about 1-2 seconds to collect themselves enough to identify the assailant. Both were shot, with Ferrin not surviving the attack. As a side-note, Bruce Davis owned a Corvair that was abandoned at Spahn Ranch. The sister of Darlene Ferrin later identified Davis as the man seated in the white four-door sedan on the night of July 4th, 1969, at Terry’s restaurant.

"Positive ID! I have it on videotape. You are fortunate that the SFPD is not interested. Putting her hand to her chest, she said, "I never thought I would see that man again!" - Bill Nelson

Darwin Orell Scott

On May 27, 1969, Darwin Orell Scott was found stabbed 19 times and pinned to the floor with a butcher knife at his home in Eastern Kentucky. Scott was the biological uncle of Charles Manson - the same uncle that forced young Charlie to wear a dress to school in an effort "to toughen him up." Connected or not, Charlie never forgot that moment.

On the day of Scott's murder, Manson created a personal alibi by mailing a letter to his parole officer that same day, advising of his relocation from Death Valley back to Spahn Ranch. To make things stranger, Manson also called his parole officer less than a week earlier to advise him he’d be traveling with the upcoming Beach Boys tour. Were all these efforts for an alibi?

During this same time, a man riding a motorcycle and calling himself "Preacher" was exploring the Eastern Kentucky town of Ashland. A report had locals losing patience with "Preacher" and his girls after they learned the group was offering teens LSD from their temporary farmhouse residence. The locals allegedly burned that farmhouse to the ground to deter Preacher and his girls from returning.

The nickname "Preacher" was allegedly a reference to Bruce Davis for his lifelong interest in philosophical and religious studies. Davis also built a reputation for disappearing for days while riding his motorcycle. Did I mention he was also a native of East Tennessee or that law enforcement could not confirm his whereabouts during the time of Scott's murder? Ashland Police Chief Lewis Mutters was investigating the possibility of Davis or Manson being involved. The limitations on resources and inexperience with murder investigations appeared to be too great to overcome for Ashland's Police Department. Scott's murder remains an open case to this day.

Donna Laas

On Labor Day 1970, Donna Lass disappeared from her job at a Tahoe casino first-aid station. The 25-year-old registered nurse was never found.

At a recent Bruce Davis' parole hearing, he mentioned going to Tahoe and working as a busboy or server during the same time period of the 1969 Laas murder. One of Davis’ primary responsibilities with the Manson Family was managing fake IDs and stolen credit cards. So, it was not surprising for Davis to admit he worked in Tahoe with a false name and alias. And similar to the other incidents, Davis quickly vanished or disappeared following Laas' death.

If not Davis, what an eerie coincidence for such a small town like Tahoe - 3 known bad actors: Bruce Davis, Tex Watson, and Ted Bundy, with an unknown Zodiac all visiting at the same time.

Doreen Gaul & James Sharp

Bruce Davis remains a top suspect in the Scientology murders involving Doreen Gaul and James Sharp, recovered on November 21, 1969. Personal proximity was the unusual aspect of this crime. Davis lived in the same building as Gaul, and down the hall from Gaul at a Scientology hostel house. When law enforcement searched Gaul's room and personal belongings, a letter from Zodiac was found.

LAPD Lt. Earl Deemer described the wounds on the pair as being inflicted by a "fanatic." Each was stabbed 50-60 times and left in an alley. A report on April 24th, 1973, by the Department of Corrections Special Service Unit, requested by the LAPD, stated investigators believed Bruce Davis knew Doreen Gaul and was involved in her murder or knew the identity of the murderer/murderers. The SSU was planning to interview Davis with a promise of a wide-ranging blanket of immunity. The response by Bruce Davis was unexpectedly cold: "I am not very impressed with your offer of immunity since I am serving a life sentence for two murders."

Bugliosi wrote in "Helter Skelter" that Gaul was rumored to be Davis's former girlfriend—who, like the deceased teenagers, was a Scientologist. Shortly after the bodies were recovered by police, Davis again moved within a brief window of time. On November 24th, Davis left for England - less than two days following the murders.

Filippo Tenerelli

The body of 23-year-old Fillipo Tennerelli was recovered in a Bishop, California hotel room on Wednesday, October 1, 1969. Tennerelli died from a shotgun wound to the head, and it was ruled his death was a suicide. Weeks after Tennerelli’s death, the California Highway Patrol reported his abandoned VW being found north of the Barker Ranch. According to reports, blood was discovered both inside and outside of the vehicle, leading some to suspect that Tennerelli’s death was not a suicide. Even the strange bottles of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon found in his room - Tenerelli rarely drank alcohol. At the time of his death, Filippo’s BAC was an exceptionally low 0.03%. And yet, one bottle was empty, and the other was half full. This easily shows someone else was there visiting and sharing drinks.

According to the warrant, the LAPD became interested in the two cases after reading the Desert News article, "More Manson Mysteries in Inyo County." The 2008 article, written by Tom Weeks, covered the still lingering suspicions surrounding Tennerelli's death.

John “Zero” Haught

On November 5, 1969, 22-year-old Haught was partying with friends at one of the Family’s favorite spots in Venice. According to individuals present, Zero died while playing Russian roulette. The problem? According to Jeff Guinn’s book, Manson, when police investigated the death, they found the gun contained seven bullets and one spent shell. Police reports noted the gun was dusted and wiped clean except for one of Bruce Davis’ prints. Davis explained he touched the gun by moving it. If it were suicide, there would be no reason to remove Zero’s fingerprints. Interesting.

Police investigators concluded Haught committed suicide. More than a few people had their doubts about that ruling on suicide. One of those flags appeared during an interview on November 26th, between Sgt. Mike McGann and Leslie Van Houten at Sybil Brand Jailhouse.

When McGann informed her of Zero’s death, Van Houten became upset. The sergeant told her Zero had been playing Russian roulette and Bruce Davis was present. Van Houten asked McGann:

Leslie Van Houten: “Was Bruce playing it too?”
Sgt. McGann: “No. He was not.”
Leslie Van Houten: “Zero was playing Russian roulette all by himself?”
Mike McGann: “Kind of odd, isn’t it?”
Leslie Van Houten: “Yeah, it’s odd.”

Zero’s death came shortly after his release following the mass arrest of the Manson Family at the Barker Ranch. Ranch rumors suggest that Charlie, believing Zero was a "weakling", may cooperate with law enforcement about the auto chop shop at Barker Ranch. Was Zero silenced for being a weak link and knowing too much in the months after the Tate-LaBianca murders? What we know is Davis' pattern of disappearance after these deaths continued. He quickly dropped out of sight for a few months following Zero's death.

Joel Pugh

There has been public evidence that Davis was in London at the time of Pugh’s death and was staying at a local Scientology house. Davis himself admitted that there was a long trip to North Africa, Spain, and Britain in 1969. Just like Joel Pugh. It was an unlikely string of common destinations, wasn't it? Was Davis following Pugh? Just months after the Tate and LaBianca murders, 29-year-old Joel Pugh was found dead in London. In a strange twist, the coroner, John Burton, concluded Pugh had taken his own life. His wrists and throat were cut, and there were strange and cryptic writings in mirror writing around him, though not well recorded in the police report.

It's likely Sandra Good, Pugh’s former girlfriend, and onetime fiancée, knows more details about the open case than she has publicly expressed. LAPD strongly suspected Davis of this murder, but to this day it remains a suicide in the UK books.

A letter, from an unknown family member, found in Sandra Good's vacated motel room in Independence, CA, read: "I would not want what happened to Joel to happen to me."

Several people, including LA County prosecutor Stephen Kay, who worked on the Manson trial, said Manson hated Pugh. "He had no reason to commit suicide, and Manson was very unhappy that Sandy" was with Pugh, Kay said. Contrary to passport records, there are many questions regarding the exact dates Bruce Davis was in London – including at the time Pugh died. Kay also believes Davis was the family member most capable of killing. That statement speaks volumes and brings to mind Davis' expertise with fake IDs.

Stephen Kay: "When people over here ask me; 'Do you think that the Manson Family committed more murders than they were prosecuted for?' I say, 'Well, the one we always thought was the most suspicious was Joel Pugh being murdered in London."

Kathleen Johns

On New Year's Day, 1998, Detective J. Smith and Dr. Howard Davis interviewed Kathleen Johns. She is the "woemen" Zodiac referred to in his July 24, 1970, letter:

"This is the Zodiac speaking. I am rather unhappy because you people will not wear some nice buttons. So I now have a little list, starting with the woeman and her baby that I gave a rather interesting ride for a coupple howers one evening a few months back that ended in my burning her car where I found them."

Ms. Johns escaped to give police a description of her abductor, and that description resembled Bruce Davis. She described the abductor as wearing "glasses like a welder. " Bruce Davis was a welder by trade. When Johns finished giving her statement to the police sergeant, a composite sketch of Paul Stine's killer was visible in the background of his office. Johns was rattled, claiming to recognize the man in the sketch as the same man who abducted her and her child.

"This is the Zodiac speaking. I am rather unhappy because you people will not wear some nice buttons. So I now have a little list, starting with the woeman and her baby that I gave a rather interesting ride for a coupple howers one evening a few months back that ended in my burning her car where I found them."

Ms. Johns escaped to give police a description of her abductor, and that description resembled Bruce Davis. She described the abductor as wearing “glasses like a welder. “ Bruce Davis was a welder by trade. When Johns finished giving her statement to the police sergeant, a composite sketch of Paul Stine's killer was visible in the background of his office. Johns was rattled, claiming to recognize the man in the sketch as the same man who abducted her and her child.

“After seeing the photos of Bruce Davis and video of a 1970 press conference she began to cry. Davis’ voice, face, and personality caused her to become emotional, so much so she wanted to see him at the prison using some pretext.“ - Howard Davis

According to Bruce Davis, he lived in the Lucerne Valley from March through December 1970. That travel distance is approximately fifty miles to Kathleen Johns' San Bernardino home – and Davis freely admits to loving a good drive. With that said, Davis was also spotted and moved around freely during a brief stay back in Tennessee.

During the kidnapping, Johns noticed children’s clothing all over the car’s interior. This disorganization was normal for vehicles belonging to family members. Their outfits were communal: they left piles of clothes for anyone to select that day's outfit. Some of these clothes were even military, as the group frequently shopped at surplus stores. Davis favored military boots regularly found in these stores. Johns stated the man who abducted her also called several times with threatening messages. The abductor knew her address as she confirmed receiving a Halloween card in October 1970. She knew it was him by a detailed description of her vehicle. Those details were known to law enforcement, but not reported by media outlets.

Karl Stubbs

Law enforcement reported the first Manson family trips to Inyo County during the fall of 1968, a year before the Barker Ranch raids.

In November 1968, friends of 80-year-old Karl Stubbs found him severely beaten in front of his home in Olancha, Inyo County. Shortly before his deadly beating, Stubbs was seen with a group of hippies and acting out of character. After being found following the assault, Stubbs told investigators that two men and two women, who were laughing during the entire confrontation, beat and robbed him. A local news article reported Stubbs, a religious man who befriended anyone, let the group into his home for glasses of water. The visitors burglarized the house with a final take of approximately $40-50.

No one has ever faced charges in the death of Stubbs, but former Inyo County Deputies held a theory that Karl Stubbs was murdered by members of the Manson Family, with one description fitting Bruce Davis. And yes, the Manson group were living approximately one mile away at Hannum Ranch.

Marina Habe

Marina Habe, the daughter of a Hollywood screenwriter with a questionable past, was another victim of random murder. She was last seen in her parents’ West Hollywood driveway after a night out with friends. Her mother reported hearing a car pull up and someone yelling, "Let's go." A driver with a similar description to Bruce Davis was identified as someone who may have picked-up Marina from her home in December 1968. Her body was discovered days later, on New Year’s Day. According to TMS, Marina had agreed to come to Spahn Ranch, but during the drive changed her mind.

Mark Walts

16-year-old Mark Walts was not a member of the Manson Family, but he did visit Spahn Ranch and was recognized as a friend by several members. Walts was a little different from your average Southern California teenager, as he was more into stripping stolen cars than surfing. There are multiple recounts by family members who were reportedly "shocked" by Walts’ murder on July 17th, 1969. On July 21st, police moved in to question Davis after hearing rumors from people at the ranch. When questioned by police, Davis gave an alias name of "Jack Paul MacMillan."

According to Mark's brother, Alan Walts, his investigations have uncovered that there was a guy named "Bruce" involved.

Robin Ann Graham

On November 14, 1970, 18-year-old Robin Ann Graham spent Saturday night with friends. On her way home, Graham ran out of gas at around 2:00 AM on the Hollywood Freeway. A California Highway Patrol officer (CHP) saw Graham next to her car stranded on the freeway. The officer approached Graham, and she explained that her parents were on the way and she preferred to wait for them.

The officer later saw Graham with an unidentified white male about 5'8", with dark hair, in his twenties. That patrolman assumed he was the help Graham was waiting for to arrive. This was the last time Robin Graham was seen alive. The local outcry was extensive enough that it forced the CHP to change its internal policies regarding stranded female motorists.

Months later, a woman with LAPD anonymity claimed her car was also stalled alongside that same stretch of freeway. A man driving a similar vehicle stopped and offered help by claiming he was an off-duty detective. She refused his offer, and he left. There is no evidence that this is the same man last seen with Graham. The woman later identified that man as resembling Bruce Davis.

Reet Jurvetson

Jane Doe #59 was unidentified for 46 years until June 2015, when a family friend recognized her on a missing person's website. Jane Doe #59 finally had a name, and it was Reet Jurvetson.

In his book about the Manson family murders, "Helter Skelter," Bugliosi said he believed that a woman known for years only as Jane Doe 59 was killed after witnessing Zero's death. Two witnesses remembered Reet staying with the Manson Family at Spahn Ranch in 1969. One of them was 20-year Spahn Ranch employee Ruby Pearl, George Spahn’s girlfriend. Pearl oversaw all the practical aspects necessary for the successful running of a movie set and horseback riding business. Additional speculation of Reet stemmed from a photo strongly resembling her, dancing at the family’s Spahn Ranch hangout with "Clem" Grogan.

LAPD homicide detectives also saw similarities between the vicious knife attack on Jurvetson and the November 1969 killing of Doreen Gaul. By chance, Reet was recovered at the same location as Marina Habe nearly one year later. Law enforcement's suspect list hit a bottleneck in their inability to pin down Bruce Davis’ whereabouts during this time.

Sonya Kaye Blair-Adams

Gary Humphrey, a former high school classmate of Davis, remembered an unexpected visitor. Humphrey, who still lives in the Knoxville area, recalled a day in 1969 when Davis arrived at the grocery store run by Humphrey's father. Their reunion lasted about 30 minutes, with the two discussing their post-graduation lives and what they planned for the future. Humphrey’s timeline of this meeting has shifted over the years to include the early summer of 1969, which would make more sense. The specifics of his memory and details come into greater question when Humphrey describes Davis having an “X” on his forehead. The “X” marking was not applied by Manson Family members until July 24, 1970. Regardless, it was not a secret that Davis was back in East Tennessee – possibly for goodbye wishes to his family? All the while, the LAPD believed Davis was hiding somewhere in the deserts surrounding Los Angeles.

During this same time, an incredibly rare occurrence happened in rural Harlan, Kentucky - a murder. A young woman’s body was recovered on a remote mountain trail in eastern Kentucky’s Pine Mountain region. The woman was slashed and stabbed multiple times. Her identity remained a longtime mystery and locals began to simply refer to the young woman as “Mountain Jane Doe.” Thanks to DNA technology, we now know “Mountain Jane Doe” as Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams. A woman who grew up in Letcher County, Kentucky, on the other side of Pine Mountain, where her body was eventually recovered.

The Harlan murder scene was approximately 100 miles from where Davis was confirmed to have been visiting in East Tennessee. Want to know something stranger? Harlan Ky is exactly halfway between Knoxville and Ashland, Ky – aka Darwin Scott’s last address. Something even stranger? Murders were extraordinarily rare for both Ashland and Harlan. And both of those murders happened within a week of one another and involved the signature knife slashings.

Bruce Davis Surrendering at LA County Courthouse on December 2, 1970

Ronald Hughes

Ronald Hughes was a 35-year-old attorney originally hired for the defense of Charles Manson, but soon after moved to represent Leslie Van Houten during the family’s Tate-LaBianca murder trial. After consulting with Manson, the women approached Hughes and announced they wanted to testify about committing the murders on their own without Manson's influence. Hughes objected by stating, "I refuse to take part in any proceeding where I am forced to push a client out the window."

Mr. Hughes failed to appear in court on November 30, 1970. When the court reconvened, Manson and the women created a disturbance in the courtroom, suggesting the trial judge "did away with Ronald Hughes," which ended with their being removed from the courtroom. So, what happened?

One half of the story starts with Bruce Davis being implicated in the murders of Gary Hinman and Shorty Shea. It was then that Davis fled and went into hiding before ultimately turning himself into authorities. A later interview with the BBC, found Davis declaring he "was evil" when he surrendered in 1970. Bruce was also asked if prison was the right place for him following his conviction. Davis replied, "not for those two. I was even worse than they thought. "They don't know the half of it. I was smarter than them".

“We recessed for the weekend. Manson — who sat in the corner of the counsel table — pointed to Hughes and said to her attorney: ‘I don’t want to see you in this courtroom again.’ And we never saw him again,” LA County prosecutor Stephen Kay

After a year on the run, Bruce Davis unexpectedly surrendered at the courthouse with a dramatic December 2, 1970, media event. Tex Watson then took the opportunity to denounce Bruce Davis and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme as the ones who would have benefited from Hughes’ death and being involved in those "other murders."

In March 1971, the body of Ronald Hughes was found. His vehicle contained trial transcripts but was allegedly missing a detailed psychiatric report on Leslie Van Houten. The cause and nature of Ronald Hughes' death were officially ruled as "undetermined. In the book "Helter Skelter", and in later interviews, Bugliosi suggested Manson directed Hughes’ killing, calling it "the first of the retaliation murders."

According to the author, Dr. Howard Davis, an Assistant DA for the LA District Attorney’s Office, spoke about a member of the Manson Family being involved in more than one murder attributed to Zodiac. Bruce Davis had an active FBI file and a secret report by the State Department in 1970 regarding activities in Great Britain. The LAPD requested the files and now holds the information in a "sealed status."

Is it possible Ronald Hughes may have known information about Bruce Davis and other murders he was suspected of committing? Perhaps Hughes got too close and coincidentally, when Bruce Davis was on the run, Hughes was later found dead.

"They don't know the half of it." - Bruce McGregor Davis

Miscellaneous tidbits of interest:

While watching Inside the Manson Gang, director & narrator Robert Hendrickson made several interesting comments regarding Bruce Davis and the Zodiac rumors swirling around the Los Angeles community in 1970. Only a few minutes into the documentary, Hendrickson makes a comment that Davis was "suspected of being the Zodiac Killer...." About twenty minutes into the film, Hendrickson is heard saying: "I am alone in Devil's canyon with The Family & suspected Zodiac Killer himself." (27:30) In response to a question from Hendrickson, Davis says this off-camera: "Why do some people do the crazy things they do? Our bodies are mostly water, and the moon controls the movement of water mass." Hendrickson responds by saying, "His best proof is the way the moon controls the waves of the ocean. Sounds like he's into astrology. At this point, I recall the rumor that he is the Zodiac Killer & hear my heart pound to the rhythm of a deadly drum beat."

Another documentary creator from the late 60s and early 70s experienced the same during his work. An interestingly seldom discussed conversation between Manson documentary creator Laurence Merrick and the one person universally viewed as the lone "good guy" of the Manson Family story - ranch neighbor Paul Crockett.

Laurence Merrick: "What are your suspicions as far as the Zodiac killer?"

Paul Crockett: "Well the things they (Manson Family members) told me and the places they've been.. and all the associative things that came into my head, I was suspicious, ahh, of one of the family members being the Zodiac killer."

Additional coincidences ...

  • Family member Catherine Gillies, whose family-owned property in Southern California, agreed to a plan to kill her grandmother and speed up an inheritance. She agreed and, fortunately, the vehicle they were driving stalled, and plans were canceled. Davis was rumored as being the driver of that vehicle.

  • During an interview with People in 2019, Sharon Tate's sister Debra alleged members of The Manson Family were responsible for several unsolved fatal stabbings in California at around the same time.

  • Manson and others in the group "repeatedly," said many others were killed, said Cliff Shepard, a former LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division detective who worked some of those cold cases. "We may never know or identify all their victims."

  • Larry "White Rabbit" Melton was a former hanger-on and sometime member of the Manson Family who claimed Davis was involved in multiple murders attributed to "Zodiac". He also claimed to have received a personal letter from Charles Manson telling him to “shut up about the Zodiac.”

  • May 21, 1969, Rose Tashman, a college student, broke down on the Hollywood Freeway. The following day, her body was recovered in an isolated area of the Hollywood Hills.

  • June 23, 1969, the body of missing Virginia Lynn Smith, 13, was recovered from inside a creek bed in a deserted canyon in Claremont.

  • November 9, 1969, San Francisco cabbie Paul Stine was murdered. The Zodiac took responsibility for the murder and claimed to have been stopped by two police officers that same night. San Francisco PD officer Eric Zelma stopped a Zodiac suspect following the murder of Paul Stine. He confided in his wife that the suspect may have been Bruce Davis. And if you're wondering, Davis traveled regularly between L.A. and San Francisco. At approximately $12 a ticket, it was an affordable trip.

For the better part of the last 30 years, Davis has professed a powerful belief in Christianity. Skeptical? He's been committed to his studies enough to complete both Master's and Doctorate level degrees in religious and philosophy studies. It all remains such a wildly gray area when reviewing Davis' history. If half of what is known or suspected was true, wouldn't a religious conversion inspire the desire for a confession? You would think. Remember, Davis openly refused to disclose the location of Donald "Shorty" Shea's body years after his Christian conversation. Steve "Clem" Grogan eventually grabbed the government's prize and provided authorities with a location as part of an early release deal.

The Davis and Zodiac conversations may need a thoughtful redirection the next time someone mentions their theory or suspicions. And maybe that conversation is really about Davis' strange level of connection with many of the worst events of the 1960s? Or maybe it's all just a coincidence?

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