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William Bonin - Freeway Killer

William Bonin is a Serial Killer also known as the Freeway Killer.

What makes this serial killer different to many others is that he was able to avoid detection for longer because another serial killer was also killing similar victims at the same time.

Initially the police was looking for one killer which led to confusion.

He was executed in 1992.

The Facts: Time Line​

Find out more about the crimes that William Bonin committed as well as other key points in his life.

The Victims

Find out more about the victims of William Bonin crimes.

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Capture and Sentence

Find out more about how William Bonin was finally captured as well as the sentence he received.

William Binin in court

The Trial

The trial of William Bonin.

Bonin was brought to trial in Los Angeles County, charged with the murder of 12 of his victims. 

The trial started in 1981.

Podcast

If you love your podcasts, this is a brilliant two part podcast to find out more about the crimes.

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The Killer

William Bonin, known as the “Freeway Killer,” murdered at least 21 boys and young men in 1979 and 1980.

He enticed victims, aged 12 to 19, into his van and sexually assaulted them before killing them, usually by strangulation.

He was executed in 1992.

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Early Years

Born in 1947 in Willimantic, Connecticut. n 1953, Bonin's mother placed her sons in an orphanage in an effort to protect her children from their father's physical violence.

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Crimes

The first murder he was charge with occurred in May 1979. In just over a year he is suspected of killing of 21-36+ victims.

William Binin in court

Capture

June 11, 1980 - being followed by the police Bonin tried to lure 5 boys into his van, it was the 6th boy which got into his van but the police followed him until he parked up.

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Born to Kill: the William Bonin Story

While there has been many book's written about Willaim Bonin, this is one of the more detailed.

William Bonin: The True Story of The Freeway Killer: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers (True Crime by Evil Killers Book 10)

Documentaries

This documentary might be old, but its full well worth watching to find out more info.

In the Media

While we have covered quite a lot of the crimes he went into all the details,. there have been some incredible books and documentaries made which are a must read if you want to find out more about him or his crimes.

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