Long Beach Resident Pens 2nd Serial Killer Book, Vonda Pelto’s ‘Without Redemption’ Focuses on Freeway Killer Bill Bonin

February 12, 2023 Vonda3310 0 Comments

Long Beach, CA—Vonda Pelto, Ph.D., who has lived in Long Beach for over 60 years, has just released her second book about serial killers. Without Redemption: Creation & Deeds of Freeway Killer Bill Bonin, His Five Accomplices & How One Who Escaped Justice, ten years in making, involves the city of Long Beach in a variety of ways. A resident of nearby Downey, Bill Bonin often cruised through Long Beach in search of hitchhikers and one of his victims was left at PCH and the 710 Freeway.  Pelto’s first book, Without Remorse: The Story of the Woman Who Kept Los Angeles’ Serial Killers Alive, came out n 2007 and covered her entire time having sessions, as a Clinical Psychologist, with serial killers and vicious criminals at LA Men’s Central Jail from 1980-83
Mug shots Freeway Killers William 'Bill' Bonin and Vernon Butts

Bill Bonin & Vernon Butts

In the course of their research, Pelto and co-Author Michael B. Butler were able reconstruct Bonin’s whole life and carefully analyze his 32-year psychological descent from innocent child to depraved murderer. So many places along the way may have diverted him, but that was not to be as family, friends, public institutions, mental hospitals, the court system and prisons failed to halt the inevitable fate.
During her sessions with Bonin, chronicled throughout Without Redemption, Pelto continually tries to get to the bottom of Bonin’s troubled personality, but she found no evident overriding psychotic disorder aside from him being an aggressive sociopathic predator. He expressed his feelings of powerlessness as an abused child, and this is cited as the reason Bonin enjoyed having the power of life and death over his innocent victims, which were all young teenage boys. 
Vonda Pelto's office on floor next to serial killers at Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail.

Vonda Pelto’s Office

Using official investigative documents, and Bonin’s jailhouse diaries and written confessions, the authors were also able solve two 40-year-old murder mysteries and identity how one day, during the murder spree, changed everything to follow.
Unlocking why March 24, 1980 is so important in the Bill Bonin story was a tedious aspect of the complicated task to create an amazingly detailed serial killer historical biography.
The events chronicled in a flow chart can be seen at http://bit.ly/3ZDDKPG, it constitutes a road map of a story with an infinite number of twists and turns, what ifs and “can you believe that really happened?”
One startling and tragic fact they uncovered: During the ten-month murder spree Bonin was arrested and in custody THREE TIMES, then let go on legal technicalities and bureaucratic missteps which cost many lives.

Radio Show Video of Vonda Pelto, Ph.D. on Gary Nolan Radio Show


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