March 24, 1980: A Day of Coincidence & Consequence
for the Bill Bonin ‘Freeway Killer’ Murder Cases
The authors of Without Redemption, through recently uncovered documents, were able to discern how a string of coincidences, on one-day during Bonin’s ten-month murder spree, dramatically
altered later events and allowed someone to get away with double-murder.
Click the Image to Enlarge the Flowchart Below or Download the Timeline PDF
Unlocking why March 24, 1980 is a key date in the Bill Bonin Freeway Killer story was an arduous task, and an unexpected bonus, within the complicated job of creating the amazingly detailed historical biography Without Redemption: Creation & Deeds of Freeway Killer Bill Bonin, His Five Accomplices & How Who Escaped Justice.
The events chronicled in the chart below constitute a small snapshot of a day when the paths of four key people crossed and later created a tangled and twisted web of causation and confusion. By March 24, 1980, Bonin had been killing for eight-months and claimed 16 victims, and yet homicide detectives from multiple city and county agencies were nowhere close to solving the murders.
In order to truly decipher and unlock the true nature of what happened on that crazy day, hundreds of hours were spent going through official investigative documents, Bonin’s private diaries/confessions, court testimony, interviews, news stories and more. However, it was not until the book was finished that the authors realized the true importance of those events.
BOTTOM LINE—THAT DAY DRAMATICALLY CHANGED EVERTHING TO FOLLOW, SAVED AN UNTOLD NUMBER OF LIVES, ALLOWED SOMEONE TO ESCAPE JUSTICE AND CREATED A RAFT OF FASCINATING SIDE STORIES AND ‘WHAT IF’ SCENARIOS.
Click the image below to englarge and thus puruse the events of that day before reading the complex version in Without Redemption.