May 3, 2021
WILLIAM BONIN - THE FREEWAY KILLER - PART 2/2
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Known as "The Freeway Killer," William Bonin, along with four young accomplices, kidnapped, robbed, raped and murdered a total of 14 teenaged boys between 1979 and 1980 in Los Angeles and Orange County. In most cases, Bonin would pick up hitchhiking boys, and once inside the van would have sex with them, then strangle them with their clothing. Their bodies were then dumped along the freeway. After an accomplice was picked up on other charges and gave a statement implicating Bonin, he was placed under surveillance by police. Nine days later, the police apprehended Bonin in the act of raping and sodomizing a teenager. The police found a length of white nylon cord and three knives in the van. His execution was the first by lethal injection in California. He had previously served time at Atascadero State Hospital for sex crimes committed against five young boys in 1969. In 1974 he was released on probation, and in 1975 his probation was revoked for kidnapping and raping two teenaged boys. He was released again in 1978. By June 1980, he had raped and murdered 21 teenaged boys and young men. His accomplices were William Pugh, James Munro, Vernon Butts, Gregory Miley.