Apr 1, 2016

Victim's family urges governor to keep devil-cult killer behind bars

March 31, 2016
Orange County Record

The family of a man murdered by a devil cult is carrying out a letter-writing campaign urging Gov. Jerry Brown to keep one of the killers behind bars.

The governor has until mid-August to decide if he will overturn a parole board decision to release Arthur Craig “Moose” Hulse, who is serving a life sentence for the 1970 murders of Santa Ana gas station attendant Jerry Wayne Carlin, 20, and El Toro schoolteacher Nancy Brown, 29.

The murders – which came a year after the Manson murders in Los Angeles – were carried out by a devil-worshiping motorcycle gang, the Sons of Satan. They remain among the county’s most notorious killings.

Hulse, who was age 16 at the time of the murders, used a hatchet to kill Carlin, working overnight at a gas station. A day later, he helped bury Brown in a shallow grave at an Irvine field, after she had been stabbed 20-plus times.

This is the second time the parole board has found Hulse suitable for release, noting that he was a juvenile when the crimes occurred, that he has committed no violations in prison for more than a decade and that he is now in his 60s and uses a wheelchair.

But Jim Carlin, Jerry Wayne Carlin’s brother, noted that when members of the Sons of Satan were asked in court why they attacked Carlin, when they already had money from the gas station register, at least one replied they wanted to see what it was like to kill.

“I do not seek vengeance but fear this man will kill again if released,” Jim Carlin said.

Patricia Cromer, who married Carlin shortly before his death, carried out a similar letter-writing campaign when Hulse was up for release a little more than a year ago.

She believes the outpouring from family, friends and supporters helped urge the governor to deny Hulse’s parole in February 2015.

“Jerry Wayne didn’t deserve to die like that, and the people who killed him don’t deserve to be free,” Cromer said.

“As long as I have breath, I’m going to fight,” she added.

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