William George Bonin, a.k.a. , The first murder for which Bonin was charged was that of 13-year-old Thomas Glen Lundgren.  In contrast, his mother was an overbearing, co-dependent and passive woman who suffered from wild mood swings and who spent much of her free time at The French Club, a local bingo parlor as her sons remained unattended at home. They found another one, a strangler victim. , Following these events, Bonin lured and molested several neighborhood children, pleading guilty to a petty theft charge for which he was fined $56 in late 1965. He (Munro) is to be put up for parole soon (Jan. 28). , Bonin arrived at the Atascadero State Hospital on June 17, 1969; he was subjected to a battery of psychiatric examinations which revealed that he possessed a higher than average IQ of 121 and displayed traits of manic depression, sexual sadism disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. Enraged with Shelton's fear and resistance, Bonin immediately beat the youth, squeezing his genitals and driving his knee into his face until he lost consciousness. (9th Cir. His fully clothed body was found alongside Highway 71 in the outskirts of Chino, although his body was not identified until March 24.  Described by acquaintances as "shy and easily led" by others, Butts attempted suicide on three occasions prior to meeting Bonin and held an obsession with death and witchcraft. The police followed Bonin until his van parked in a service station parking lot close to the Hollywood Freeway, then discreetly approached the vehicle. , His body, clad only in a T-shirt, shoes and socks, was found the same afternoon in Agoura. Merely said, the William Bonin The True Story Of The Freeway Killer Historical Serial Killers And Murderers True Crime By Evil Killers Book 10 is universally compatible with any devices to read The World's 20 Worst Crimes - Kate Kray 2007 Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, The Hillside Strangler . This murder spree took place over 10 months and could have continued had it not been for the surveillance and effective detective work of police. Wood's older brother had introduced him to Bonin, so he willingly entered Bonin's van. Bonin was not brought to trial for the murders of Mark Shelton, Robert Wirostek. At Butts' apartment, the trio engaged in brief conversation before Bonin invited Butts to view Wells' body with the enticement: "We got it in the van; it's a good one.  While delivering trucks, Bonin frequently argued with his boss who was unaware of his status as a sex offender for picking up a hitchhiker in his presence on one occasion and taking longer, unnecessary routes which detectives later took interest in.. Retrieving the youth from his vehicle and handcuffing him, Bonin choked him in the parking lot before threatening to murder and sodomize Jones if he did not comply with orders. I don't know; I don't think any of us would know until we're there.  Bonin's family refused to claim his remains in the weeks following his 1996 execution. 589 (C.D. His friends also mistakenly reported seeing him at the mall. Years later, I still wake up in the middle of the night, experiencing flashbacks. He also held hopes of publishing a science fiction novel. William Bonin "The Freeway Killer" was executed on February 23, 1996 by lethal injection. Well, probably I went in the service too soon because I was peaking in my bowling career. Following the assault, Bonin vowed to never let this happen to him again. , Bonin then ordered Pugh to "beat him (Turner) up." I jumped down on him the same way, killing the guy. On this Wikipedia the language links are at the top of the page across from the article title.  Because Kilpatrick a troubled youth whose parents had recently divorced was known to disappear for days at a time, his mother hesitated to report the disappearance. Charvet then hearkened towards the credibility of some of the delivered testimony, pouring particular scorn upon Miley and Munro, whom he emphasized had turned state's evidence and thus, he alleged, had tailored their testimony to the desires of the police. Help needed for podcasts  Although both lived externally heterosexual lifestyles, the two soon became lovers, with Butts also introducing Bonin to the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, in which Butts organized and advertised weekly gaming events at his residence. This final appeal was rejected on June 28, 1995, with the appellate judges stating they had found no evidence of legal misconduct, and that no evidence existed that the 13 jurors who served upon Bonin's Orange County trial who had admitted to minimal, indirect pretrial exposure to the Freeway Killer case had, as a result of this pretrial publicity, been incapable of judging Bonin with impartiality. William Bonin, who grew up in a dysfunctional home, was allegedly a victim of child abuse. William George Bonin (January 8, 1947 February 23, 1996), also known as the Freeway Killer, was an American serial killer and twice-paroled sex offender who committed the rape, torture, and murder of a minimum of twenty-one young men and boys in a series of killings in southern California from May 1979 to June 1980. , Bonin then retreated to the kitchen for water, informing Munro they were to both kill Wells before gagging and beating Wells in the hallway, stating, "You're going to do what I tell you to do" as Wells pled for his life. , Deciding to marry upon his return home, Bonin and Linda became engaged. , According to one attorney present throughout Bonin's subsequent confessions, the escalating levels of brutality he had exhibited toward his victims had been similar to that of a drug addict requiring an ever-greater increase of dosage to attain a satisfactory level of euphoria.  Particular emphasis was placed upon the fiber evidence found upon each of the Orange County victims in addition to three victims killed in Los Angeles County being a precise match to the distinctive carpeting in the rear of Bonin's van. Bonin's parents and older brother were on vacation, and therefore absent from the household at the time of Wells's murder. [n 11], In a minimum of twelve of the murders, Bonin who considered murder a "group sport" was assisted by one or more of his four known accomplices. He was savagely beaten and strangled to death.  Bonin then visited Butts' residence and bragged of the killing to his accomplice. Bonin growled and squeezed Jones' genitals before disclosing his sexual motive and parking behind a closed shopping center. According to Bonin's fiance, he frequently woke up in tears and physically trembling from this nightmare. , On August 4, 1979, Bonin drove from Silverado Canyon to a drive-in movie theater to spend time with Butts in Westminster; he soon suggested that they rape and murder a teenage hitchhiker. Bonin filed numerous appeals against his convictions and sentencing, citing issues such as jury prejudice, the potential of jury inflammation via listening to numerous victim impact statements (to which his defense counsel had offered to stipulate), and inadequate defense as the bases for each appeal. After engaging in mutual oral copulation, the teenager was bound and raped by Bonin in the van before being transported to his parents' house, where he was extensively flagellated with string until he cried and strangled to death with the aforementioned string. During the assault, Bonin threatened Monge, stating, "I'll rip your nuts off if you don't cool it. At 11:45p.m., Bonin was escorted from his holding cell into the execution chamber. He is also known as " The Freeway Killer " and he shares that name with two other serial killers, Patrick Kearney and Randy Steven Kraft, who was not affiliated with him. A drifter who had been in and out of penal institutions, Butts was later speculated by court prosecutors to have developed a fascination with sadistic homosexual activity while in jail. , After three days of deliberations as to the actual penalty to be imposed upon Bonin, the jury announced on August 22 their recommendations that he be sentenced to death on each count. Three days later, in accordance with Penal Code section 987, Boninat this stage without legal representationwas appointed attorney Earl Hanson to act as his legal representative. Number 15. Though no other significant brain anomalies were present, a physical examination revealed extensive scars on Bonin's head and buttocks, which he claimed to have no memory of obtaining, but were likely sustained in the Franco-American Orphanage. He spent fourteen years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison in 1996. "The Freeway Killer", was an American pedophile, and later hebephilic and ephebophilic serial killer, serial rapist, and one-time robber. " This victim was also sodomized. He was haunted by nightmares on a nightly basis concerning the incident, dropped out of high school and became dependent on drugs and alcohol.  Bonin's parents were both alcoholics; his father was a machinist, an ill-tempered war veteran and gambling addict who was frequently physically abusive toward his wife in the presence of his children, and who is known to have occasionally beaten his sons during his wife's absence. An accomplice of serial killer William G. Bonin the so-called Freeway Killer who murdered as many as 21 people along Southern California's highways has died after being beaten by another inmate at Mule Creek State Prison, authorities said. John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown. The day after Bonin's arrest, Munro fled to his native Michigan, where he was arrested on July 31.  His underwear, jeans, and severed genitals bearing several bite marks were discovered strewn in a field close to his body. , Four days after his formal plea before Judge Leetham, Butts committed suicide by hanging himself with a towel in his cell.  Bonin then drove to Butts' apartment in Lakewood, where the trio began listening to music as they sat on the couch.  According to Bonin, he engaged in allegedly consensual relations with four young girls and had a "number of homosexual encounters" in Vietnam, as well as a 25-year-old female prostitute in Hong Kong, although he also confessed to sexually assaulting two soldiers under his command at gunpoint during the period of the Tet Offensive. Foster opined that as a result of repeated abandonment as a child, Bonin had not received the nurturing, protection, and behavioral feedback necessary for sufficient psychological development.  Later that night, Bonin hinted to Munro already fearful for his life that he stay quiet regarding Wells' murder or else face potential death.  During the ordeal, Bonin allegedly asked the victim whether he knew why he "had to die."  Opponents and advocates of the death penalty alike were in agreement Bonin had endured extensive physical, emotional and sexual abuse throughout his childhood, but much scorn was given to the claims from his attorneys and supporters that his murders had been a direct manifestation of the abuse he had endured, and an attempt to purge his frustration and anger onto his victims. , An expert later postulated that Bonin's brutality was likely an attempt to "kill" his homosexual attraction to Lundgren, further "silencing" his desire with each subsequent stabbing. King was strangled to death before his body was discarded in Live Oak Canyon, Yucaipa.  He initially pleaded innocent to two charges of first-degree murder on December 18, but pleaded guilty at two separate pretrial hearings in May 1981. Profile of Serial Killer Tommy Lynn Sells.  This subsequent suitability hearing was held on October 29, 2014; the decision made at this hearing was to deny parole. " Resuming his murder spree, Bonin did not bother to appear for his court appointment. , Kendrick who had fiercely fought his attackers, including biting the two men then halted his resistance as he vomited onto the apartment floor before complaining of dizziness. In prison, Bonin completed over 2,400 hours of vocational training as a machinist and secured employment, showing significant progress in individual therapy sessions. The victim was discovered along an empty irrigation ditch or a reservoir along US Highway 99 near Taft, California and south of Bakersfield. William Bonin: The True Story of The Freeway Killer by Jack Rosewood 115 ratings, 3.70 average rating, 11 reviews Open Preview William Bonin Quotes Showing 1-4 of 4 "there is some evidence that some serial killers have brain damage that impact their ability to exact rational control." It got easier with each one we did.  Despite these forms of mistreatment, contemporary records indicate Bonin a typically troublesome child was observed by officials to function well under the controlled environment of this convent. , Based on Bonin's confession, police obtained a warrant authorizing a search of Butts' Lakewood property on the same date as Bonin's initial arraignment; this July 25 search uncovered evidence linking Butts to several of the murders to which Bonin had already confessed, and Butts was brought before a Municipal Court on July 29, charged with accompanying Bonin on six murders committed between August 1979 and April 1980.   Bonin also became acquainted with convicted murderers Randy Kraft (one of the other two murderers who shared with Bonin the nickname "Freeway Killer"), Douglas Clark, and Jimmy Lee Smith.  In addition, many of his victims had been aged in their early- or mid-twenties, and a small number of his victims had also been dismembered prior to their disposal. , On November 26, 1968, at approximately 12:00 a.m. Bonin picked up 17-year-old hitchhiker John Treadwell of Torrance. [n 21], Shortly after Bonin's arrival at San Quentin State Prison, he became close friends with serial killer Lawrence Bittaker, whom he had previously been incarcerated with at Los Angeles County jail. Six officers from three of the jurisdictions in which the "Freeway Killer" had most regularly either abducted or deposited the bodies of his victims formed a task force dedicated to the apprehension of the suspect or suspects who, as one of the officers upon this assembled task force later recalled, was striking at an average rate of once every two weeks in the spring of 1980. While driving, the suspect became visibly angry before asking the minor whether he "knew there were homosexuals in this world" and homosexuality.  In spite of this dysfunctional environment, Bonin and his brothers were actively raised Catholic by their parents and baptized according to church doctrine. According to Bonin and Munro, upon learning Wells was bisexual, Bonin engaged in consensual relations with Wells in the rear of his van before persuading the youth to accompany him to his parents' house, where the two engaged in further sexual relations on Bonin's parents' bed. Douglas then outlined a number of salacious allegations regarding Bonin's torture of victims that were otherwise not supported with valid evidence. Bonin and Munro both laughed. 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He grew up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and a grandfather who was a convicted child molester. They would try to stop me from stabbing them and I would stab just to stab.  He expressed his disagreement with the State's decision to execute him, stating: "A lot of people believe I should die for what I [have done]. Bonin then threw Wells' T-shirt across the hallway before ordering Munro who had retreated to the driveway to breathe to retrieve a cardboard box from his older brother's room; the two placed Wells' body inside this cardboard box, which they then carried to Bonin's van. LOS ANGELES -- Freeway Killer William Bonin, convicted of luring 10 youths into his 'death van' for sessions of sex, torture and murder, predicts he will be condemned to die in the gas chamber.. , Bonin also contended to both his defense attorneys and to several people with whom he corresponded while upon death row that Butts had been the actual ringleader behind the murders, and that he had simply been Butts' accomplice. An Orange County investigator later recalled that there "was not a policeman in that room that did not want to kill Bonin" for his confession. That may not happen, but it's clear he won . He's still holding out hope for parole one day. Due . Lopez's book also includes his candid insights into the.  He would later summarize his relationship with this young woman as a "big mistake" and a personal failure of his, primarily fueled by his mother's pressuring of him. Early on he was a troubled kid and ran away from home when he was eight years old.  Wood's autopsy revealed the youth had been killed by ligature strangulation. Furious, Bonin resolved to commit a murder. Consequently, Bonin is not known to have formed any long-standing or close friendships throughout his adolescence. [n 19], Prior to his scheduled second trial in Orange County, Bonin was temporarily removed from death row and held in solitary confinement, where he remained until the conclusion of this trial.  Miley then drove in an aimless manner for what he later described as being a "very, very long distance" as he repeatedly heard Macabe crying as Bonin raped Macabe and bludgeoned him about the head with a tire iron.  In early 1962, the family relocated to 2417 West 187th St. in Torrance, California.  Over the years, Bonin received several minor awards for his artwork, short stories and poems. After Pugh had bludgeoned and beat Turner about the head and body for several minutes, Bonin strangled Turner to death with his own T-shirt and a tire iron before discarding his body at the rear delivery door to a Los Angeles business. Page 1 of 1 . Noting Bonin's frantic state and similar profile to the rapist, she promptly searched him and retrieved handcuffs. , Bonin was executed by lethal injection inside the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison on February 23, 1996. , At approximately 9p.m., the two drove to Butts' Lakewood apartment as Bonin informed Munro that he, Butts, and others had committed many of the "Freeway Killer" murders.  Norris further asserted that Bonin considered murder a group sport, and would typically groom people of a low mentality to participate in many of his murders.  He also expressed a belief that his Vietnam service contributed to his criminal behavior, emphasizing his difficulties in seducing female partners since his return. William Bonin (con Diego Zanassi) El caso de Willam Bonin es prueba de porqu nunca debes subirte a la van de un extrao, ni aunque te ofrezca dulces, alcohol o sexo. Decided: June 28, 1995", "Crime History: Two More Fall Victim to L.A.'s Freeway Killer", "Bonin Accomplice Wants Freedom or Death, Not the Truth", "Twice-paroled Sex Offender Charged in Fourteen of Forty 'Freeway Killer' Murders", "Two Suspects Charged in Freeway Murders", "Freeway Killer: Third Man Held for Murder", "L. A. , In response to the recommendations of the jury, Judge Keene ordered a reconvening of court on February 24. During the assault, Treadwell was bludgeoned with a tire iron. Next time, I figured I wouldn't use as much. He clocked up almost 1,000 hours of active patrol time in the conflict, even winning a medal for bravery.  He then bound Macabe, telling him he was being kidnapped for ransom. Suspicious of their intentions, Wells became frantic. . I pulled a knife on him and he got scared.  He was bound, beaten and strangled to death after an estimated eight hours of captivity before his body was discarded alongside that of Barker in Cleveland National Forest, close to the Ortega Highway. Thousands of screaming fans pack into baseball games, football (not soccer!)  Munro pleaded innocent to all charges against him on August 14. , At approximately 4:07p.m. the same day, 15-year-old Russell Duane Rugh was abducted from a bus stop in Garden Grove. In frustration, Miley assaulted the youth with various sharp objects before assisting Bonin in beating him.  His "extremely disturbed" methods of social interaction were also viewed as hindering his own treatment. The Life Story of William George Bonin [n 13], One day after Miranda and Macabe's murder, Bonin was arrested for violating the conditions of his parole; he was remanded in custody at the Orange County Jail until March 4.  Insisting that he had no control over his actions, Bonin claimed his urge to kill was too strong to resist before expressing his hope the Lord "will understand me, and know that I [could not] help what I did. , Five weeks later, on January 1, 1969, Bonin offered a ride to 12-year-old Lawrence Brettman in Hermosa Beach, California. Bonin, an ex-convict from Downey, was tried.  They then parked the vehicle at a secluded spot where he was bound, repeatedly raped by Bonin and Butts, extensively bludgeoned about the chest, neck, and skull with a tire iron, then strangled with a ligature before his nude body was thrown out of the van and over an embankment into a bed of ivy alongside Highway 101.  While incarcerated, he was molested by an adult counselor assigned to control and monitor the juvenile offenders.  He then strangled Wells to death with a T-shirt and tire iron; Munro asked whether Wells was dead, prompting Bonin to laugh as he replied, "Yeah, stupid" before adding: "Haven't you ever seen a dead body before?" Bonin was suspected of committing at least 21 murders, and the killings for which he was convicted are shown in italics: On July 1, 1977, Patrick Kearney, the prime suspect in a series of killings of young men known as the "Trash Bag Murders", voluntarily surrendered to Riverside police.  Bonin was then ordered to be remanded to the warden of San Quentin State Prison, to await execution in the gas chamber. I don't agree" before further elaborating: "I have no anger towards anybody, but that doesn't mean I don't think the death penalty is wrong. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before announcing on August 2 that they had found Bonin guilty of each of the four murders, in addition to three counts of robbery. [n 4], He was indicted on five counts of kidnapping, four counts of sodomy, one count of oral copulation, and one count of child molestation against the five individuals he had abducted and assaulted or in the case of the final youth he had abducted, attempted to assault since the previous November. These included his attorney, chaplain, and a prospective biographer.  Bonin's mother allegedly extremely emotionally controlling and protective of her son reportedly refused to acknowledge his acts of molestation, as well as the general escalating antisocial behavior exhibited by Bonin throughout his adolescence. In an interview with . Dietz further testified as to Bonin's actions being reflective of planning as opposed to impulsive behavior. The following day, the prosecution and defense made alternate pleas for the actual sentence the jury should decide, with Norris requesting the death penalty and Charvet requesting life imprisonment. , Miley and Munro testified against Bonin at his Los Angeles County trial, describing in graphic detail the murders in which they had accompanied Bonin. They're not for the faint of heart . , Pugh was sentenced to six years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter of Harry Turner on May 17, 1982. , Attending the middle school adjacent to Coventry High School in 1959 and 1960, Bonin had failing grades and isolated himself from others, at one point attempting incest with an older female cousin. , On December 4, 1968, it was reported to the Torrance Police Department by 17-year-old Allen Pruitt that a man with medium-length dark hair and olive complexion had offered him a ride before deviating from the highway and handcuffing the boy, who was extensively sexually assaulted in the vehicle. ", At 6 p.m. on the day he was executed, Bonin was moved from his cell to a death watch cell, where he ordered his last meal: two large pizzas, three pints of ice cream and three six-packs of Coke, which he ate while watching an episode of Jeopardy!.  As such, the two frequently argued about his homosexual attraction. These accrued reprimands had included the possession of contraband drugs, and attempting to engage in non-consensual sodomy with fellow inmates. Bonin's parents were alcoholics, and his father was a compulsive gambler who was physically abusive towards his wife and children. Bonin pleaded guilty to molestation and forced oral copulation and was sentenced to the Atascadero State Hospital in June 1969 as a mentally disordered sex offender considered amenable to treatment. When arrested, he informed law enforcement that "next time there won't be any more witnesses. , The following day, Bonin and Butts encountered 17-year-old West German student Markus Grabs between 6p.m. and 10p.m. attempting to hitchhike from the Pacific Coast Highway. Several family members of Bonin's victims later recounted that Bonin had remained remorseless throughout his trial, seemingly deriving pleasure from their anguish. Bonin was the first California inmate to be executed by lethal injection. 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