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February 11, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The killer's taped voice speaks horrors that sicken even many years later. His tone is as casual as a call home. "I tied him up with nylon--this electrician type of wire. I pulled a knife on him and he got scared. . . . I stabbed him in the left arm. It surprised me that I did it. "I stabbed him again and then again, and again and again until he was helpless." The voice belongs to William G.
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February 24, 1996 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erwin Baumgartner was looking for a fight. He was fired up, man, a full head of steam under the hood of his Oakland Raiders sweatshirt, and he was fixing to bait somebody, anybody, on this death penalty thing. He didn't want to "dee-bate" you, no sir, none of that point-counterpoint crapola for him. He was spoiling for a verbal rumble, brother, so just put down that thermos of herbal tea and answer the question without any more stalling. Are you pro or are you anti the death penalty? Anti? Anti?
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February 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and J.R. MOEHRINGER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William G. Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who seared his way into the nation's consciousness with a string of sadistic murders 16 years ago, awaited execution late Thursday as his lawyers fought to save his life. Bonin, a former Downey truck driver who confessed to raping, torturing and killing 21 boys and young men, was scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. today in the converted gas chamber at San Quentin Prison. In quick succession Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S.
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February 24, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scene was so sterile it was hard to remember a man was meeting his death. Behind a white curtain in the converted gas chamber, William G. Bonin lay face-up, strapped to a table, his arms implanted with the tubes that would carry the poison to his veins. The 50 witnesses who took their places around the windowed enclosure did not see Bonin's final walk. They did not see the expression on his face as he entered, or the prison technicians who struggled several minutes to find a usable vein.
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February 18, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serial killer William G. Bonin, condemned more than 12 years ago to die, has managed to outlast some of the key players in the case that sent him to death row. "Jigsaw John" St. John, the storied Los Angeles detective who chased down Bonin in 1980, died last year. Kenneth E. Lae, the Orange County judge who imposed one of two death sentences, died in 1987. Bonin, convicted of killing 14 people in 1979 and 1980, is scheduled to be executed just after midnight Friday morning.
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February 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and J.R. MOEHRINGER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William G. Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who seared his way into the nation's consciousness with a string of sadistic murders 16 years ago, was executed at San Quentin Prison early today, becoming the first person in California to die by lethal injection. Bonin, a former Downey truck driver who confessed to raping, torturing and killing 21 boys and young men, was put to death in the prison's converted gas chamber. He was declared dead at 12:13 a.m. At 10:47 p.m., the U.S.
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February 18, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All of William G. Bonin--the serial killer and the man--lives on in his old neighborhood. Neighbors remember the screams from his house, and when he tried to coax their children indoors. Old-timers recall Bonin's offerings of X-rated movies and free beer to the boys on Angell Street. And a few people who live in this graying grid of 1950s tract homes even caught a glimpse of Bonin as something other than a hollow-eyed killer.
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February 24, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ben Aronoff's mountain cabin is a gallery of mass-murderer art. On the walls hang a signed self-portrait of Charles Manson, a greeting card designed by serial murderer Lawrence Bittaker, water colors by child killer Theodore Frank and smiling snapshots of William G. Bonin, who was executed Friday. Aronoff, a former San Quentin guard turned prison reformer, has befriended notorious prisoners over the past decade and coaxed them through their bleakest days on death row.
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February 16, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused a bid to block the Feb. 23 lethal-injection execution of serial killer William G. Bonin. In a brief order, the court rejected as "without merit" arguments that Bonin did not receive a fair trial on grounds that his attorney was inept and that prosecutors hypnotized one witness and used the perjured testimony of a jailhouse informant.
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February 21, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saying "justice delayed is indeed justice denied," Gov. Pete Wilson rejected a clemency plea Tuesday for William Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who faces execution this week by lethal injection for a brutal murder spree in Southern California 16 years ago. In a short statement at the Capitol, Wilson said claims by Bonin's attorneys that he was not given adequate legal representation during two trials failed to compel the governor to halt the execution set for 12:01 a.m. Friday.
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February 24, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ben Aronoff's mountain cabin is a gallery of mass-murderer art. On the walls hang a signed self-portrait of Charles Manson, a greeting card designed by serial murderer Lawrence Bittaker, water colors by child killer Theodore Frank and smiling snapshots of William G. Bonin, who was executed Friday. Aronoff, a former San Quentin guard turned prison reformer, has befriended notorious prisoners over the past decade and coaxed them through their bleakest days on death row.
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February 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and J.R. MOEHRINGER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William G. Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who seared his way into the nation's consciousness with a string of sadistic murders 16 years ago, awaited execution early today after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a desperate, last-minute appeal to spare his life. Bonin, a former Downey truck driver who confessed to raping, torturing and killing 21 boys and young men, was expected to be put to death in the converted gas chamber at San Quentin Prison. At 10:47 p.m.
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February 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and J.R. MOEHRINGER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William G. Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who seared his way into the nation's consciousness with a string of sadistic murders 16 years ago, awaited execution late Thursday as his lawyers fought to save his life. Bonin, a former Downey truck driver who confessed to raping, torturing and killing 21 boys and young men, was scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. today in the converted gas chamber at San Quentin Prison. In quick succession Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S.
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February 22, 1996 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laughing and joking, downing ice-cold beers, the six passengers in a lumbering motor home are headed north for a "vacation" in the Valley of the Shadow of Death--San Quentin Prison. The leader of the group is 35-year-old David McVicker, a blue-eyed, open-faced man who holds a place in the annals of American crime: He is a surviving victim of serial killer William G. Bonin, whose execution he plans to witness at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
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February 22, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William G. Bonin, the serial killer set to die just after midnight, ordered his last meal Wednesday. The menu: two medium pizzas with sausage and pepperoni, three pints of coffee ice cream and a six-pack of Coke. The condemned man will get to eat after 6 p.m., about six hours before he is scheduled to receive a lethal injection. "It will be done--he will get his last meal," San Quentin spokeswoman Joy Macfarlane said.
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February 22, 1996 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angelo Gatti remembers nothing unusual about the morning of July 13, 1974, when he dropped his son Nick off along Ortega Highway for a hike in the Cleveland National Forest. But that day is seared into his memory forever as the last time he saw his 21-year-old son. On the eve of serial killer William G. Bonin's scheduled execution, after so many years of searching, the Newport Beach family is hoping to find an answer to their heartache.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused a bid to block the Feb. 23 lethal-injection execution of serial killer William G. Bonin. In a brief order, the court rejected as being "without merit" arguments that Bonin did not receive a fair trial on the grounds that his attorney was inept, and that prosecutors hypnotized one witness and used the perjured testimony of a jailhouse informant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saying "justice delayed is indeed justice denied," Gov. Pete Wilson rejected a clemency plea Tuesday for William G. Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who faces execution this week by lethal injection for a brutal murder spree in Southern California 16 years ago. In a short statement at the Capitol, Wilson said claims by Bonin's attorneys that he was not given adequate legal representation during a pair of trials failed to compel the governor to halt the execution scheduled for 12:01 a.m.
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February 22, 1996 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laughing and joking, downing ice-cold beers, the six passengers in this lumbering motor home are headed north for a vacation in the Valley of the Shadow of Death--San Quentin Prison. The leader of the group is 35-year-old David McVicker, a blue-eyed, open-faced man who holds a place in the annals of American crime: He is a surviving victim of serial killer William G. Bonin, whose execution he plans to witness at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
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