By Lloyd Billingsley
Former Davis resident Daniel Marsh, 18, has moved to 14901 Central Avenue, Chino, CA 91710. That is the address of the California Institution for Men, where Marsh is now inmate AW081. Chino Prison, as it is also known, is a far cry from the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center, where the Davis teenager resided as a “detainee” since being convicted of murder in 2014. Based on the brief experience of this writer, Marsh won’t like it much.
I visited the California Institution for Men in 1996 to interview inmates for a Heterodoxy magazine story on criminal violence, which some scholars, including Princeton’s John DiIulio, then saw as on the rise. As it turned out, the inmates wouldn’t talk to me, but I did learn a few things. In Chino Prison, everybody has to walk with their hands behind their back, at all times. Signs on the wall read NO WARNING SHOTS WILL BE FIRED, and everyone appears to take that seriously. No shots were fired when I was there.
Chino Prison dates from 1941 and includes four facilities with different levels of security. Facility D houses Level 1 inmates with a low security level, those least likely to misbehave. Facility C includes Level-II Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmates, as the prison website explains, “many of whom are serving life sentences.” The California Department of Corrections website does not explain which facility Daniel Marsh will occupy, but in the California Institute for Men he can do more than sit in his cell.
The opportunities include High School/GED, Pre-Release, English as a Second Language, Literacy and Adult Basic Education, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Criminal Gang Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, Veterans In Prison, Prison Fellowship Pre-release program, Center for the Empowerment of Families Fatherhood Group, Victim Offender Education Group, Toastmasters, Global Youth Connection, Alternative to Violence, California State University San Bernardino Visual Arts, and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).
The work programs include the PIA laundry, Juice Processing and packaging plant, Marine Technology Training Center deep sea diver training program, Janitorial services, Landscape design, automotive and Electronics repair. If he is willing, the 18-year-old can pick up a skill or two, and he has strong motive to do so.
For the murders of Oliver “Chip” Northup and Claudia Maupin, Daniel Marsh drew a sentence of 52 years to life. The enhancement for torture, though found true, added no time to his sentence, so the convicted murderer will be eligible for parole when he is 42 years old. At that time, the parole board will hear from relatives of the victims, so it remains uncertain if Daniel Marsh will walk free at that time.
On the other hand, it is certain that Daniel Marsh’s victims rest together in Davis Cemetery. And it is certain that Claudia Maupin, will not be able to reprise her stage performance as Esme in The Elephant’s Graveyard. She was 76 at the time of the murders. Chip Northup was 87 but still going strong with the Putah Creek Crawdads folk and bluegrass group.
Music fans might recall that in 1979, when he was 96 years old, pianist and songwriter Eubie Blake appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and performed “Low Down Blues,” “I’m Just Full of Jazz,” and “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” with Gregory Hines. In similar style, Chip Northup could easily have performed well into his nineties. He might have delivered a final rendition of “I’ll Fly Away,” one of his favorites, or perhaps “Who Will Sing for Me?” It was not to be.
On April 14, 2013, Daniel Marsh murdered Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin. He killed, tortured and mutilated the couple because it gave him pleasure. A Yolo County Jury found him guilty and sane. That’s why Daniel Marsh is now inmate No. AW081 at the California Institute for Men in Chino. If he never gets out of there it won’t bother me.
Lloyd Billingsley writes for City Journal California and is the author of Exceptional Depravity: Dan Who Likes Dark and Double Murder in Davis, California.