Several well-known people have served time at California Men’s Colony just outside of San Luis Obispo. Here's a look at a few of the most notorious ...
Counterculture icon Timothy Leary was sentenced to 20 years at California Men's Colony for possession of marijuana. He escaped in 1970, and was later caught in the North African nation of Algeria. The Tribune
Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers, was sent to California Men's Colony in 1968 after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Oakland police officer John Frey. Newton served 22 months. The Tribune
Bruce Davis, a former follower of Charles Manson now incarcerated at California Men's Colony, at his 20th parole hearing in July 2000. He was denied parole on a 2-1 vote. Davis was convicted in March 1972 of being involved in the murders of Donald 'Shorty' Shea and Gary Hinman. The Tribune
An emotionless Charles 'Tex' Watson at a 1987 parole hearing. The former Manson follower was at California Men's Colony from the mid-1970s to 1993. He was convicted in the seven Tate-LaBianca murders and sentenced to death, later commuted to life in prison. The Tribune
Bobby Beausoleil is another member of the Manson family who was sent to California Men's Colony after being convicted of murder. He and Charles 'Tex' Watson eventually were transferred to other prisons, while Bruce Davis remains at CMC. Telegram-Tribune
James Beck Gordon, drummer for Derek and the Dominos, was convicted of the 1983 murder of his mother in North Hollywood. He won a Grammy in 1992, while still incarcerated at California Men's Colony.
Former Dallas Cowboy linebacker Thomas 'Hollywood' Henderson came to California Men's Colony in 1984 after being convicted of sex crimes. 'I was bad. I was probably the best linebacker ever, but I didn't know how to live,' Henderson said in 2000. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ike Turner, who arguably sang the first rock 'n' roll song, arrived at California Men's Colony after being convicted of drug-related offenses in the mid-1980s. He died in 2007 at 76. McClatchy Tribune
Christian Brando, son of actor Marlon Brando, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 1990 shooting death of his half-sister's boyfriend. He was at California Men's Colony for almost five years. Associated Press
Disgraced financier Charles Keating Jr. wrote a personal finance column for the prison newspaper while at California Men's Colony. He was imprisoned there from 1992 to 1996, when his convictions on fraud charges were overturned.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, spent time at California Men's Colony after being convicted in 1997 of violating parole. The rap mogul's record label languished in his absence. McClatchy Tribune