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#463784 - 04/07/14 01:51 AM Grateful and not dead
imharpo Offline


Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 4
William Bonin was released in 1974 from prison for sexual crimes, and was not yet a killer. He was a practicing violent predator honing his skills. It was around this time when I encountered him. I was hitch-hiking from Hollywood to Missouri in 1974 and was picked up by a man who offered a ride. He insisted upon driving to his home first to pick up some tools, and then we would proceed further out of town. I felt nervous as we entered his home. It was turning dusk and he did not turn on the living room lights. He returned from another room carrying what looked like a gym bag and I was relieved to be returning to his vehicle. We headed East toward Riverside and he suddenly turned off the road and drove down a dirty desert road in an undeveloped area. This is when my horror began... As he continued driving, he said "I'm not queer. I just want to try something". When I protested he lunged at me and began beating me with his fists. I knew that this was my time to die. I realized that I must escape. As Bonin was putting the car into park I grabbed my pack and burst out the passenger side door leaving behind a full gallon of wine a previous driver gave me. I ran as fast as I could and hid behind some type of desert plant. It was very dark, and Bonin was searching and yelling out for me. I'm glad I did not throw rocks at him, giving away my hiding spot. Fortunately, he drove away. I was looking out for Bonin to return at any moment as I walked out of the desert. I spotted a California Highway Patrol car and frantically flagged him down. I was hysterical as I told the officer what had just happened. The officer was kind enough to drop me off at a Denny's restaurant where a kind waitress bought me some coffee before I resumed my journey to Missouri.

In the early days of Bonin's violent career he did not yet use a van for his abductions, as he did during the 1980's. It has been recorded that within 16 months of his 1974 release, Bonin had been charged with the gunpoint rape of a 14-year-old hitchhiker named David McVicker and the attempted abduction of another teenager. David McVicker was a surviving victim of Bonin and testified at his trial. McVicker claims to be the only survivor, but there were others. I am one of them. Both McVicker and I were picked up while hitch-hiking by Bonin who was driving a car. My point is, that there were many others who have encountered this sicko.

This is the best photo I have found that shows Bonin as he looked when he picked me up in 1974.

I do not know if my report was recorded by the California Highway Patrol when they found me in the desert. I also reported this incident 5 years later in 1979 by telephone from my Missouri home when I recognized his face being broadcast on network television. Los Angeles authorities were seeking any witnesses to Bonin's crimes. I will never forget his face. He was nice at first, then became enraged in an instant. Fortunately, I escaped. I am sure I suffered some PTSD as a result for many years. I still get anxious describing the encounter. I have put this trauma behind me. I am fortunate.

This raw unpolished video was created in 2008 and was posted on YouTube. I soon deleted it. and thought I had lost it. Today there are many people capitalizing on very similar events. I made a better version, but cannot find it. Perhaps someday I will remake this mémoire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIGkh-HcwOU The Bastard Missed

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#463815 - 04/07/14 05:30 PM Re: Grateful and not dead [Re: imharpo]
Adam A Gedman Offline


Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 188
Loc: Canada
imharpo,

I am sorry for your reason to be here, but glad that you have found MS.

That is both a frightening and lucky story you tell. Your will to live overcame the dangerous circumstances you found yourself in.

I cannot imagine the feelings you must have been experiencing as you were in the midst of this encounter.
I have read of an encounter with Clifford Olsen, Canada's infamous serial killer, and the sense I get from your story and the story of Olsen, is ultimately the fortuitous set of circumstances that permitted escape and survival.

It may be hard to do, but I would suggest you might feel a sense of pride in your ability to escape to safety from this dangerous encounter.

I don't know your whole story, but when you are ready, speak your truth, and the MS community will be here to listen and support you in whatever way we can.

Welcome and keep well.
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#463843 - 04/08/14 08:10 AM Re: Grateful and not dead [Re: imharpo]
KMCINVA Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1778
Imharpo

I am sorry for all you endured. I am glad to see you are moving through life and have found MS. No matter the extent or duration of the CSA, it is devastating to a young mind that does not comprehend the act and the fear that lies within.

You reported the incident and followed up 5 years later. It took courage to report and come forward a second time. PTSD is common for victims and unfortunately we do not recognize the symptoms from anger, dissociation, lethargy and so many other signs. I cannot imagine how triggering the publicity surrounding his trial must have been to you.

I am glad you found MS and have shared your story. I hope you continue to heal.

Heal well

Kevin

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#463919 - 04/09/14 11:27 PM Re: Grateful and not dead [Re: imharpo]
Jude Offline


Registered: 08/09/12
Posts: 1596
Loc: New England
Welcome imharpo,

You have an amazing story. I used to hitchhike all the time and I shudder at the fact that there are such dangerous monsters out there looking for boys to rape and murder. It makes the idea of forgiveness seem totally crazy.

A very sobering testimony.

Jude
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#463949 - 04/10/14 09:01 PM Re: Grateful and not dead [Re: imharpo]
pufferfish Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: imharpo
It has been recorded that within 16 months of his 1974 release, Bonin had been charged with the gunpoint rape of a 14-year-old hitchhiker named David McVicker and the attempted abduction of another teenager. David McVicker was a surviving victim of Bonin and testified at his trial. McVicker claims to be the only survivor, but there were others. I am one of them. Both McVicker and I were picked up while hitch-hiking by Bonin who was driving a car. My point is, that there were many others who have encountered this sicko.


imharpo:

Thank you for your important and interesting report.

David McVicker is active in facebook and he and I are acquainted there. He is well and lives in California. His book about what happened is soon to be forthcoming. A few weeks ago I posted here in MS about his book. He was gathering support through a petition because Bonin's accomplice was about to go up for furlough. He was understandably concerned that his life was in danger if he was released.

I posted recently about this matter. Click on the link below and it will bring it up:

http://www.malesurvivor.org/board/ubbthr...true#Post433217

Puffer





Edited by pufferfish (04/10/14 10:13 PM)

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#463952 - 04/10/14 10:49 PM Re: Grateful and not dead [Re: pufferfish]
imharpo Offline


Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 4
Thank you Puffer. I made a connection to Mr. McVicker on his FaceBook page stating how grateful I am that he is a survivor but because my encounter has affected my life so much I felt a need to express my feelings to him. His claim of being the only survivor not only affects me but the other survivors. I am quite sure there are many considering his lengthy predatory behavior prior to his encounter with David McVicker. I hope his efforts succeed in keeping Bonin's accomplices locked up.
Love and peace to all. Your friend. -Mark.

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