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California Killer - William Bonin

Throughout its history, several brutal chain murderers have been based in the state of California, USA. William Bonin is the forerunner of the "killer of the road" that terrorized the entire California world of the late 1970s. He was abducted, killed, and killed by young men waiting on a California road, waiting for a vehicle to pass.

A murderer of youth

In 1979, more than a dozen bodies of teenagers and youths were found along California's highways. The youngest was the 12-year-old's body. The bodies were promptly searched by the police and it was revealed that all of them had been subjected to serious sexual harassment. Their deaths were followed by torture, stabbing or strangulation.

Some of the murdered youths
According to the manner in which the killings had been carried out, it was evident that the murders were committed by one person. But what was noteworthy was that the chain-killer had several helpers, unlike the other chain killers. Especially in a large area, from Los Angeles to Orange Place, this 'help' seemed to have helped him. He had also used various weapons to carry out the killings.

William Bonin

When the young bodies began to appear in four parts of California, they became increasingly embarrassed, unable to find the killer. However, the police soon realized that William Bonin, who had been imprisoned for sexually abusing youths a few years earlier, could be suspected. He had been repeatedly harassed and punished several times by the police in the mid-1970s.

During that time, young men on the road had been sexually assaulted by bonkers who had taken them to their vehicles on the promise of their destination. However, he had not killed any of them. According to the testimony of one young man, Bonin said that when he was on the road, he could park his vehicle and return to his destination if he wished.

Then he went a little farther and got out of the vehicle and got into a cramp. However, the youth had managed to hit his underbelly with his foot and had jumped out of the vehicle with permission. Fortunately for him, a police car was traveling in the immediate vicinity and he immediately handed them over. Seeing this, Bonin immediately drove off his vehicle and fled.

William Bonin
Among those who managed to escape from Bonin was the most powerful witness, David McVicker. In fact, it is his testimony that can properly identify the perpetrator and bring him to court. McVicker's testimony is as follows.

"He had a firearm in his left hand and the door of the car with his right hand locked. I could not escape. If I tried to do it suddenly, he would have easily shot me. He then sexually assaulted me, then tried to lock my neck with a wheelbarrow. Light. Suddenly, he then abandoned me, left to go away. "

According to the testimony of four-year-old McVicker when he was delivered in 1975, the criminal was confirmed to be Bonin. However, he was only convicted of sexual harassment. He was not charged with attempted murder and received only four years in prison. He was released in 1979, shortly after the bodies were found.

A dark life

William Bonin was born on January 8, 1947, in the state of Connecticut, USA. The middle child of a family of three children, he had to spend his short life in the midst of a lot of pain. His mother lived separately from his family, and his father was an alcoholic. As a result, he grew up in the shadow of his grandfather. Little William was constantly bullied because he was a child molester.

William runs away from his home while he is still alive. He is quickly taken into police custody for petty theft and is sent to a rehabilitation camp. There he is sexually abused by an adult inmate.

In 1965, William Bonin joined the US Air Force. He served as a helicopter gunman during the Vietnam War and was sentenced to two counts of sexual harassment. Bonin returns to the United States after the end of the Vietnam War, but is soon divorced and settles in California.

Harassing young people

Van used to commit the crime
At the age of twenty-two, he was jailed for sexually assaulting five youths. However, once he was released from prison, he resumed his process.

In the meantime, Bonin was re-imprisoned in 1975, according to McIvor's testimony. He had been extensively written in police books because the methods he had used to harass him this time were powerful and he had previously been imprisoned on the same charges.

Even after his release from prison in 1975 and his release in 1979, Bonin has been unable to continue his old practice. But this time he had added another step in his process. That is to delete the evidence without leaving it.


After his release in 1979, Bonin was determined that he would never again be under police custody. Accordingly, he decided to kill the young men he captured. During this time, Bonin and Vernon Butts, Gregory Miley, James Mun Roe, and William Pugh came together to "support" his work. This gave them various advantages.

The first victim was a seven-year-old German student named Marcus Grabs. On August 5, 1979, while he was on a road trip, his naked body was found in a mine in Malibu a few days later. He had a nylon rope around his neck and was stabbed more than 80 times.

Donald Hayden's mutilated naked body was found in a trash bin on August 27 of the same year. At the age of 15, he became a resident of Hollywood. His neck had been severed with a sharp instrument, raped, and finally executed. The fate of David Murillo, who disappeared on September 9, was the same fate.

In the months that followed, several other young bodies were found in California. Some of them were children under the age of 15, some of which were strangled with iron. Each of them had been made of iron shirts, made of shirts, and had been strangled with iron.

This is the reason why the police became suspicious of Bonin. McVicker's testimony in 1975 was also the reason why he mentioned this attempt. The suspicions of their suspicions were confirmed when police seized Bonon's handmaid William Pugh. He covered up all the killings he had contributed to, and the police began to use the net to catch Bonin.

The End

During the Bonin case
On June 11, 1980, William Bonin got in his car and left the lodge in search of another victim. However, he did not know that the police had followed him. On the way, he approaches a 15-year-old boy who is expecting a car and takes the child to his car.

He then travels a short distance and turns his car into a forest. At this point, the police, who are keeping a close watch on him, break-in and grab him. The car already had a nylon rope and several knives.

He was sentenced to death on November 4, 1981, by the court. However, it will be delayed for several reasons. It was finally implemented on February 23, 1996, by injecting a toxic vaccine.

This is the first time the death penalty has been carried out in California. However, it is said that Bonin spent the last few days "very well" before his death. He had asked for his last supper too highly.

All four of Bonin's accomplices were jailed. Vernon Butts committed suicide by hanging himself in the cell, and Miley was killed by an inmate. James Munro was jailed for 15 years, and William Pugh received only six years in prison for being a government witness.

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