Mike Bradbury tells stories from his years as Ventura County DA

After being helped on stage at the Museum of Ventura County, Mike Bradbury talked about the time he helped stop a plot to disgrace the Reagan White House.

In front of a packed house dotted with retired police chiefs, judges and prosecutors, the 81-year-old former district attorney told story after story – about the time Charles Manson was prosecuted in Ventura County before being accused of mass murder, the day Bradbury tried to “choke out” an accused rapist and about serving a record 24 years as Ventura County’s top prosecutor.

“No one else wanted the job,” joked Bradbury, once considered one of the most powerful and, at times, controversial leaders in Ventura County.

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