The so-called "Freeway Killer," is dead following a lethal injection Friday -- the first execution of its kind in the state of California.
William Bonin was convicted of sexually abusing, torturing and killing 14 boys and young men more than a decade ago.
Relatives of Bonin's victims - many who watched the execution - rejoiced as the killer took his last breath.
A serial killer - known as the "Freeway Killer," -- William Bonin was executed Friday in California by lethal injection.
Bonin was convicted of sexually abusing, torturing and killing 14 boys and young men - ages 12 to 19 - from 1979 to 1980.
He got his name for leaving the bodies of his victims behind on California freeways.
Bonin was executed in a room that used to serve as the gas chamber and was the state's first inmate executed by injection.
California had not had an execution since August 1993 and only two others in the last 30 years - the death penalty was reinstated in 1977.
One journalist who witnessed the execution, described Bonin's death.
"When they started the first solution his stomach first noticeably heaved a couple of times (twice) and then once more and that was essentially the only movement that we saw. As time went on his face started to darken and it got somewhat of a purple hue." SUPER CAPTION: Kevin Fagan, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Relatives of Bonin's victims were pushing for his execution to take place for years - the multiple killer was on Death Row for 14 years.
Many of them were witnesses to the execution - and expressed relief when their prayers were finally answered.
"They seemed pretty excited that this had happened -- there was one woman who pumped her fist after this execution as we were walking out."
SUPER CAPTION: Mark Hedlund, Reporter, KXTV
The serial killer said in his final statement that the death penalty "sends the wrong message" to America's youth.