Bonin, William

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Bonin, William Gender: M
William George Bonin
born on 8 January 1947 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place Willimantic, Connecticut, 41n43, 72w13
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°05' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 01°29 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 18°24'

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American homicide; convicted of sex crimes and the rape of young boys from 1969. The son of a drunken, gambling dad and a domineering mom, he was first sent to detention at the age of ten, where he was raped by an adult male. Outside of a short stint in the Army, he spent most of his time in mental hospitals and prison from 1969 on sex charges, including the rape of two young boys. Released in 1978, he met Vernon Butts the following year. In late 7/1979, he and Butts picked up a hitchhiking boy; both of the men sodomized him. In addition, Butts held him down while Bonin strangled him with his undershirt in a tourniquet that was twisted by a tire iron.

In their macabre career, they executed various mutilations and tortures upon victims, such as slicing off pieces, pouring acid down a boy's throat, jamming an ice pick into the ear, placing wire into the rectum and multiple stabbings. They threw bodies off freeway ramps in Los Angeles and Orange counties, which caused them to gain the nickname of the "Freeway Killers."

Short and strongly built with a pudgy face, Bonin worked as a truck driver. He bragged that he killed 21 people, and he eagerly watched the news for reports of his work. He was picked up on suspicion, and, at one time, shared the same holding cell as Angelo Buono. Bonin was given the death sentence on 3/12/1982 and executed on 2/23/1996. Butts hanged himself in jail.

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  • Crime : Sex Victimization/Rape 1957 (Raped at ten)
  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 1978 (Released from prison)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1979 (Vernon Butts, partner in crime)
  • Crime : Sex Perpetration/Rape July 1979 (Hitchiking boy)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration July 1979 (Hitchiking boy)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 12 March 1982 (Given death penalty)
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Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes Betty Collins from him. (He called her out of the blue. He didn't give her his name at first and they talked about astrology. He wanted her to do charts for him and his partner. When she realized that he was the Freeway Killer calling from prison, she panicked, and did not continue the contact nor get Butts' data)


  • Family : Childhood : Abuse-Sexual (outside of family) (Raped at ten)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Dad alcoholic)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Pedophile
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sexual perversions (Mutilations)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sodomy
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Executed (Hanged)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (21 people)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Rapist/ Sex crime
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Torturer/ Sadist (Brutal)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Rape/ Sex crime victim (Age 10)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Short stint in Army)
  • Vocation : Travel : Trucking business (Truck driver)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Freeway Killer)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Crime Collection