William George Bonin was an American serial killer who murdered at least 21 boys and young men between 1979 and 1980. He was suspected to had killed 15 more young men, and subsequently he was charged for 14 of them and sentenced to death.
By his teenage years, he began molesting young boys after returning home from the orphanage his mother had sent him to.
He frequently discarded the bodies of his victims next to freeways, which is why he is known as the Freeway Killer.
Bonin was executed 16 years after he had been arrested, on February 23, 1996. He was the first person to be executed by lethal injection in California.
His last statement before he was executed was written on paper and given to the warden an hour before he was to be put to death. He expressed no remorse for his actions.
"I feel the death penalty is not an answer to the problems at hand. I feel it sends the wrong message to the people of this country. Young people act as they see other people acting instead of as people tell them to act. I would advise that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did, they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously."