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June 12, 1990
Condemned murderer Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker lost another round in his attempt to avoid execution in California's gas chamber Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal on a conviction in the 1979 murders of five teen-age girls in Los Angeles County. Bittaker, 50, was scheduled to die last Dec. 29, but his execution was delayed by an appeal to the high court. Now the former Burbank machinist can file appeals in federal court that could further postpone his date with death.
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October 16, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Steven Kraft, the "score-card killer" who was convicted in Santa Ana last year of murdering 16 men, had someone waiting for him when he reached Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. The acolyte was William Bonin, a fellow serial killer who anticipated Kraft's arrival last fall "like the student awaiting his master," according to one inmate.
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June 23, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Citing the "astonishing cruelty" of his crimes, the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence of Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker in the 1979 kidnap, rape and torture murders of five teen-age girls in Los Angeles County. Bittaker, now 48, was convicted in a series of slayings in which he and an accomplice lured young hitchhikers into a van and then attacked them with a sledgehammer, ice pick, vice grips and other weapons. The final screams of one of the girls were tape-recorded by her assailants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1990
Condemned murderer Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker lost another round in his attempt to avoid execution in California's gas chamber Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal on a conviction in the 1979 murders of five teen-age girls in Los Angeles County. Bittaker, 50, was scheduled to die last Dec. 29, but his execution was delayed by an appeal to the high court. Now the former Burbank machinist can file appeals in federal court that could further postpone his date with death.
NEWS
October 16, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Steven Kraft, the "score-card killer" who was convicted in Santa Ana last year of murdering 16 men, had someone waiting for him when he reached Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. The acolyte was William Bonin, a fellow serial killer who anticipated Kraft's arrival last fall "like the student awaiting his master," according to one inmate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1989
A Dec. 29 execution date was set Tuesday for Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker, who was convicted eight years ago of the kidnap, rape, torture and and murder of five Southland teen-age girls. The 49-year-old former machinist from Burbank, who did not attend Tuesday's hearing, was scheduled for San Quentin's gas chamber by Torrance Superior Court Judge John P. Shook.
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November 18, 1991 | PAUL FELDMAN
It looked like a Madame Tussaud's wax exhibit come to life: five presidents, six first ladies, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and John Kennedy Jr., Bob Hope, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Stewart, James Watt, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sonny Bono, James Baker, Merv Griffin and Phyllis Schlafly all in one place.
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June 23, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Citing the "astonishing cruelty" of his crimes, the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence of Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker in the 1979 kidnap, rape and torture murders of five teen-age girls in Los Angeles County. Bittaker, now 48, was convicted in a series of slayings in which he and an accomplice lured young hitchhikers into a van and then attacked them with a sledgehammer, ice pick, vice grips and other weapons. The final screams of one of the girls were tape-recorded by her assailants.
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