William George Bonin (January 8, 1947 February 23, 1996) was an American serial killer and twice-paroled sex offender, also known as the Freeway Killer who committed the rape, torture and murder of a minimum of 21 boys and young men in a series of killings spanning between 1979 and 1980 in southern California. Bonin is also suspected of committing a further fifteen murders. He was convicted of 14 of these murders and subsequently executed in 1996. Bonin became known as the Freeway Killer due to the fact the majority of his victims' bodies were discovered alongside various southern California freeways. Bonin was born in Connecticut in January, 1947, the second of three brothers. His father was a compulsive gambler and alcoholic, who beat his wife and sons. Bonin's mother, Alice, was also an alcoholic, who frequently left Bonin and his brothers in the care of their grandfather, a convicted child molester.