Manson family killer Bobby Beausoleil was denied parole for the 20th time during a Skype hearing on Wednesday, DailyMail.com can disclose.
The 72-year-old was previously cleared to leave jail on January 3, 2019 but that decision was overturned by California Governor Gavin Newsom three months later.
His latest bid for release was denied outright and Beausoleil will have to spend another 18 months in his cell at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville before he becomes eligible to reapply.
During the hearing, Beausoleil claimed he was ‘a completely changed man’ who would be able to contribute to society via his art and music.
The killer has used his time in jail to set up a website which he uses to sell religion-themed paintings, many featuring skulls, with titles such as ‘A Rip in the Veil’ ‘Fearsome Mercy’ and ‘An Enlightened One’.
But that did not sway the parole panel.
Bobby Beausoleil was denied parole for the 20th time during a Skype hearing on Wednesday. He’s pictured in a 2016 mugshot
Beausoleil is one of five surviving members of the Manson Family still in jail and was convicted of the brutal 1969 murder of his friend, musician Gary Hinman. Pictured in 1969
Beausoleil is one of five surviving members of the Manson Family still in jail and was convicted of the brutal 1969 murder of his friend, musician Gary Hinman.
Beausoleil was part of the murderous gang who killed musician Gary Hinman (pictured)
The other Manson Family killers, Bruce Davis, 77, Leslie Van Houten, 70, Patricia Krenwinkel, 72, and Tex Watson, 74, have also made repeated bids for parole but have been foiled by a succession of California governors.
The quintet was originally sentenced to death in 1970 along with Charles Manson but the death sentences were overturned when California abolished the punishment in 1977.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Hinman’s cousin Kay Martley, 82, said she was relieved by the decision to keep Beausoleil behind bars and added she is ‘excited’ there is no chance of parole until at least 2022.
She said: ‘I am so excited. I was in the Skype parole hearing [on Wednesday] and I’m relieved Bobby Beausoleil was denied parole and can’t reapply for 18 months.
‘This is the first time in the last six years that a parole board hasn’t rubber stamped the previous board’s decision.’
Beausoleil has been in jail since 1970 after being convicted of Hinman’s murder. Although the Colorado musician’s death has been eclipsed by the later Tate-LaBianca killings, the facts make for gruesome reading.
Mistakenly believing that Hinman had come into a $21,000 inheritance, Manson arrived at his home along with Beausoleil, Susan Atkins and Mary Brunner on the evening of July 25 1969 and demanded the cash.
When he refused to hand over the money, telling them he did not have it, Manson sliced off his ear and then left the property – leaving him to be tortured to death over two agonizing days by the other three.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Hinman’s cousin Kay Martley, 82, said she was relieved by the decision to keep Beausoleil behind bars and added she is ‘excited’ there is no chance of parole until at least 2022
The Manson Family killers carried out their murders under the orders of Charles Manson, pictured as he is escorted by a deputy and his lawyer following the Gary Hinman case
Manson Family killers, Bruce Davis (left) and Leslie Van Houten (right), pictured in recent mugshots and in court, were cleared for release last year but the decision was overturned by California governor Gavin Newsom
After Hinman died, the gang used his blood to daub the words ‘Political Piggy’ and a picture of a panther paw print on the wall of his Topanga Canyon home.
His body was left to rot for three days before it was discovered by friends concerned that he hadn’t been in contact.
Beausoleil was arrested 11 days later on August 6: discovered sleeping in the back of Hinman’s Fiat car just off Highway 101 near San Luis Obispo, California.
His arrest meant he was not involved in the brutal Tate murders on the night of August 8 1969 nor the deaths of the LaBiancas the following evening, although both Brunner and Atkins were.
Manson had told his followers that the murders were intended to ignite a race war which he dubbed ‘Helter Skelter’ after a Beatles lyric.
Along with Sharon Tate’s younger sister Debra, 67, Martley has long campaigned to keep the Manson killers behind bars and attends every hearing.
Beausoleil is pictured speaking with the media after the jury returned a verdict against him of first-degree murder in the the death of Gary Hinman
Debra Tate, 66, (left), the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate, previously told DailyMail.com that Davis should not be released and is a ‘domestic terrorist’
In July last year, she was there when a parole board agreed to release Davis, who was convicted of killing the Manson Family’s final victim, Donald ‘Shorty’ Shea, from the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.
During the hearing, which was attended by DailyMail.com, Martley, who lives in Denver, Colorado, told the board: ‘Bruce Davis already had a second chance when his death sentence was commuted to life. He doesn’t deserve a third one.’
Although Davis was granted parole – for the sixth time – that decision was overturned by Governor Newsom.
Davis has since been moved to San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco and will face the parole board again in December.
Next to face the parole board is Van Houten who is scheduled to have another hearing on July 23.
Watson was denied parole in October 2016 for five years and cannot reapply until October 2021. He is currently incarcerated at the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.
Krenwinkel was also denied parole for five years – in June 2017 – and cannot apply for release until 2022.
Source: Daily Mail