William Bonin

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William Bonin
Background information
Birth nameWilliam George Bonin
Also known asThe Freeway Killer
BornJanuary 8, 1947
Willimantic, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedFebruary 23, 1996(1996-02-23) (aged 49)
San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, U.S.
Cause of deathExecution by lethal injection
ConvictionFirst-degree murder (January 6, 1982 & August 22, 1983)
Robbery (3 counts; August 22, 1983)
Sodomy (January 6, 1982)[1]
SentenceDeath Penalty (March 12, 1982 & August 26, 1983)
NationalityAmerican
Killings
Number of victims21–36+
Span of killingsMay 28, 1979–June 2, 1980
CountryUnited States
State(s)California
Date apprehendedJune 11, 1980

William George Bonin (8 January 1947-23 February, 1996) also known as The Freeway Killer was an American serial killer. He raped, tortured, and killed of at least 21 children and young people in 1979 and 1980 in Southern California. Bonin is also suspected of 15 more murders. Described by the prosecutor in his first trial as "the most diabolical person that ever existed," Bonin was convicted of 14 murders in two separate trials in 1982 and 1983. He was executed by lethal injection in San Quentin State Prison on February 23, 1996.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Freeway Killer: Bonin Convicted for 10 Killings; Awaits Sentencing". The Daily Record. Ellensburg, Washington. United Press International. January 7, 1982. p. 8. Retrieved March 15, 2014.