By Marc Klaas
On Sunday, the killer called the local Fox affiliate collect to protest a news report that maintained the killer liked his cell at the Santa Clara County Jail. "Not so, this place sucks," he complained. Davis admitted killing Polly, but denied that the unrolled condom found on Pythian Road was his. "It's bad enough. Don't make it worse than it already is. I don't know where it (condom) came from. It's not the kind I had." This character thinks rape is worse than abduction and murder. Keep talking sucker. You just admitted to having condoms that night.
Turning Point is a transitional housing project for homeless men and women unable to obtain permanent housing and employment. Clients pay no rent and are encouraged to save money for an apartment. Case workers assist in securing employment, clothing, transportation and a variety of personal services. Doors are locked at 10pm, Sunday through Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. The alarm system is disengaged and doors unlocked at 6am. Although some parolees enter the program, Turning Point is not a half way house and does not knowingly accept violent offenders.
Unaware of his violent past, case worker and witness Laureen Lundin recommended the killer for Turning Point. The enthusiastic ex-con wanted to apply sheet metal skills learned in the penitentiary. Hired by a machine shop at $16 per hour, the killer quit when his salary bottomed out at $8 per hour.
Making twice the minimum wage, with a roof over his head, three meals a day and a superior lifestyle to that of most homeless people the convicted kidnapper spun out of control. His boasts of shooting and robbery intimidated the staff and clientele of Turning Point. Enraged and unemployed Davis spent most of his savings on an old Pinto and turned his attention toward his sister who squatted on an Indian Reservation 75 miles north of Petaluma. His new goal was to work the marijuana harvest with his brother in law. Ms. Lundin discouraged the lawless decision but issued overnight passes anyway.
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Davis shaved his beard and stopped wearing a headband immediately after Polly's abduction. Otherwise, the increasingly sullen loner maintained an appearance of normalcy. Despite the fact that he was spending less and less time in the program, Ms. Lundin refused to believe that the increasingly sullen loner was implicated in the heinous crime. Upon entering the program on the July 4 weekend the ex-con understood that his "last chance" depended upon a willingness to take new skills into society and become productive.
The defense introduced an incident to illustrate the humanity of the killer. One night he brought a leashed dog to Turning Point. He fed the dog and returned it to the owner the next day. Was this a benevolent act or simply a ploy to get a reward? As a youth Davis doused cats in gasoline and set them on fire. He threw a knife into the heart of his own dog and laughed as it rolled down a hill. For this killer there was no turning point.
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