William Bonin

the Freeway Killer

  Active for 2 years
(1979-1980) in United States

21

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

36

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  9. Death
  10. 7 Timeline Events
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  13. 12 Books About William Bonin
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William Bonin an American serial killer who was known as the Freeway Killer. Bonin and three accomplices are known to have murdered a minimum of 21 youths aged between 12 and 19 in and around Los Angeles. As the majority of his victims were discarded alongside various southern California freeways. Randy Steven Kraft and Patrick Wayne Kearney also share the nickname the Freeway Killer. Bonin was convicted of 14 of the freeway murders and was executed in 1996.

William Bonin Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer William Bonin (aka) the Freeway Killer, was active for 2 years between 1979-1980, known to have ( 21 confirmed / 36 possible ) victims. This serial killer was active in the following countries: United States

William Bonin was born on January 8th 1947 in Willimantic, town in the U.S. state of Connecticut.

Bonin a male citizen of the United States of America, with religious ties and/or beliefs connected with the Apostasy in Catholicism religion, organization or belief system.

In 1979 (Age 31/32) William Bonin started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to murder his victims.

William Bonin died on February 23rd 1996 (Age 49), cause of death: capital punishment, lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison, prison.

Profile Completeness: 43%
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William Bonin has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

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William Bonin
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Updated: 2019-01-07 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: William Bonin
Nickname: the Freeway Killer
Victims: 21 - 36
Years Active: 1979 - 1980
Ages Active: 31/32 - 32/33
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder, robbery
Life Span: 1947 - 1996
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: N/A
Religious Affiliation: Apostasy in Catholicism
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Dec 22 - Jan 20
Birth Month: January
Marital Status: N/A
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Occupation: criminal
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jan 8, 1947
Family Name: Bonin
Given Name: William
Birth Location: Willimantic, town in the U.S. state of Connecticut
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: N/A
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: capital punishment
Prison Location: N/A
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Feb 23, 1996 (Age 49)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: lethal injection
Death Location: San Quentin State Prison, prison
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
7 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
William Bonin

The 7 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer William Bonin. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jan 08 1947William Bonin was born in Willimantic, town in the U.S. state of Connecticut.  #19470108
Jan 08 1967
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Jan 08 1977
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1979
(Age 31/32)
William Bonin started his serial killing spree. #1979
1980
(Age 32/33)
William Bonin ended his serial killing spree. #1980
Jan 08 1987
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Feb 23 1996
(Age 49)
William Bonindied.cause of death:capital punishment,lethal injectionat San Quentin State Prison, prison. #19960223
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Books that Mention William Bonin

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Jack Rosewood
The Big Book of Serial Killers
Book: Killer on the Road (mentions serial killer William Bonin)
Ginger Strand
Killer on the Road
Book: Angel of Darkness (mentions serial killer William Bonin)
Dennis McDougal
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Book: Busted (mentions serial killer William Bonin)
Thomas J. Craughwell
Busted
Book: Busted (mentions serial killer William Bonin)
Thomas J. Craughwell
Busted
Book: America's 13 Worst Serial Killers (mentions serial killer William Bonin)
J.D. Rockefeller
America's 13 Worst Serial Killers

12 Books that mention Serial Killer
William Bonin

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1402226470 Killer Book of Serial Kil... 17
1548119644 The Big Book of Serial Ki... 60
0292744560 Killer on the Road 7
0446562483 Angel of Darkness 4
1519631197 William Bonin: the True S... 1
1579128653 Busted 4
1603762698 Busted 6
1522841660 America's 13 Worst Serial... 3
0816069875 The Encyclopedia of Seria... 108
1784184365 World's 20 Worst Crimes 3
0595284779 The Big, Bad Book of Bill 1
1983034517 The Freeway Killer 1

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 21 boys and young men in a series of killings in 1979 and 1980 in southern California. Bonin is also suspected of committing a further 15 murders.

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External References
  1. William Bonin on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Freeway Killer on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, William George BONIN on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Bonin, William George on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  5. Shonda Fuller, Steffany Getchell, William George Bonin on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  6. Q1372199 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  7. William Bonin on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
Internal References

William Bonin is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #9 of 56[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in January
  2. #9 of 55[ Page 1 ] of Capricorn Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #16 of 327[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  4. #48 of 651[ Page 4 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  5. #51 of 651[ Page 4 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #481 of 651[ Page 33 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  7. #527 of 651[ Page 36 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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