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 Kathy Carol Bonney

Kathy Carol Bonney

Birth
Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Death 21 Nov 1987 (aged 19)
Camden County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 7047315 · View Source
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Murder Victim. She was killed by her father, Tom Bonney, who claimed he did it while possessed by an alternate personality named "Hitman". She had quit school and had taken up with a married man, both of which had angered her father, who had developed a "Waltons" fantasy about his family. According to accounts of the case, Kathy's rebellious actions had destroyed this fantasy. His story to the police was that a man trying to sell a pick-up truck had given Kathy a test-drive and had never returned. In reality, Tom had driven his daughter just across the Virginia border into North Carolina, stopped by the side of the road, and shot her 27 times. After making the scene look like a sex crime, he left her in the Great Dismal Swamp Canal that ran alongside the shoulder of the road. The jury at his trial was not impressed with Tom's tales of multiple personalities and consequently sentenced him to death. However, that death sentence was later lifted from Tom Bonney and the court has declared him incapable of assisting in his own defense. This case was the subject of the book "Deadly Whispers" and the TV-movie of the same name, starring Tony Danza. It was also featured on an episode of "American Justice" on A&E.

Bio by: Karen Valentine


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  • Originally Created by: Karen Valentine
  • Added: 1 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7047315
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kathy Carol Bonney (6 Aug 1968–21 Nov 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7047315, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .