Tag Archive: CMC

Oct 18

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Ali visits CMC

CMC inmates swarm around the three-time heavyweight champion to shake hands after the program. © The Tribune/Tony Hertz

Few people in the world are instantly recognizable, known by a single name. Top billing from the exclusive group that includes Jordan, Ruth and Magic is one name. Ali. Pop quiz. Who did the 18-year-old high school graduate defeat in the 1960 Olympics light-heavyweight gold medal bout? Does the name Zigzy Pietrzykowski ring any bells? …

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Jan 29

Bruce Davis, former Manson Family member on path to parole

Former  Manson Family member Bruce Davis listens to the decision of a parole board at his 20th parole hearing. Davis was convicted in March 1972. David Middlecamp/The Tribune

Three followers of notorious cult leader Charles Manson have been housed at California Men’s Colony, Charles “Tex” Watson, Bobby Beausoleil and Bruce Davis. The Manson Family, as the members were described, were involved in at least nine Southern California murders in 1969. Bruce Davis, now 67, was convicted for involvement in the murders of musician …

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Jan 06

Towers installed at CMC


1960 and later I was not able to find a clipping to go with the tower being craned into place but it is clearly at the California Men’s Colony. The aerial photo has a date of 1960 when the higher security east facility was being built. The towers appear to be a later addition, fabricated …

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Aug 16

Charles “Tex” Watson Wedding, the Manson murders 40 years later


Blood marked the end of the 1960′s. Some view the fatal stabbing of a concert fan at Altamont as the end to the era of hippie peace and love. Others point to the gruesome series of Los Angeles area murders carried out in August by the followers of Charles Manson. There are pages of links …

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Jun 24

California Men's Colony built

Eight months after starting the list I now have the 10th item for my top ten list of things that have changed the history of San Luis Obispo County. Drum roll please…. State prisons. From California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo to Atascadero State Hospital to the now closed California Youth Authority in Paso …

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Mar 25

Huey P. Newton at California Men's Colony


November 20, 1968 A little over 40 years ago another tragic traffic stop in Oakland lead the arrival of a notable convict at the California Men’s Colony. Huey P. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Oakland policeman John Frey. Two years earlier in 1966 Newton had co-founded of the Black Panther …

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