UPDATE: Due to new information that is coming to light, final publication is delayed until February 23rd, 2014, the 18th Anniversary of the death of William Bonin!
Raped Again is the true story of the only victim to survive an attack of the infamous “Freeway Killer”, William Bonin, who raped and murdered as many as 60 young men and boys between 1979 and 1980 in Southern California. David McVicker was only 14 at the time Bonin picked him up hitch-hiking, raped him anally and actually began to strangle him to death. In the midst of literally dying, however, David said he “called out to God to save him,” and Bonin–who never showed any remorse for any of his crimes–suddenly released him, drove him close to his home and let him escape alive.
Months later, David was hitch-hiking again–but this time it was because he was going to testify at Bonin’s trial. He was the only victim who could ever do so, and had no ride to the courthouse, so once again he put out his thumb.
However, that was not the end of the story, for David has since suffered terribly from nightmares and PTSD, and you can see signs of these effects in his video. During the 16 years that Bonin was on California’s Death Row, David was often vilified for his testimony, which helped to send this monster to his death. He has been abused by those who believe that his experience has left him somehow unworthy of compassion. He has been beaten, cursed, and threatened for his continuing work to see that Bonin’s accomplices, who are also doing time for the murders they participated in, do not get back to the streets, where they can harm anyone else.
One of those accomplices, James Michael Munro, is going up for parole January 28th, and David will be present to encourage the Parole Board not to release this man who has said that he will kill again if he is granted his freedom, and has even stated that he is hoping to have David killed to prevent his appearance at this hearing. we urge you to sign the Petition to Deny Parole to James Michael Munro, and help David keep this admitted killer off the streets. Munro has said that he will kill again if released, and even that he “enjoys it,” and “now knows how to get away with it!”
Despite beatings, threats and many other kinds of trauma, David has always maintained that–as two of the victims’ mothers pleaded with him to do at Bonin’s trial–it was up to him to speak up for all of the boys who did not escape, and for every victim of horrific abuse. He says this is because he knows first hand how hard it is to bear the stigma of being so treated, and that he never got the help he needed to let him recover from that barely-missed appointment with death. He prays that his story might help parents and loved ones of other victims to understand that surviving doesn’t just mean you live through it… it means you live through it over and over again.
Bonin’s story was retold in 2010, in a movie entitled “The Freeway Killer”, which can be found at http://www.hulu.com/watch/291064.
David’s book will be entitled “Raped Again, by David McVicker” and will be available before Munro’s parole hearing in late January. You can pre-order your copy now and ensure that you have it prior to that hearing.