Patrick Wayne Kearney
(born 1940) is an American serial killer
who preyed on young men in California
during the 1970s. He is sometimes referred to as "The Freeway Killer
", a nickname he shares with two other separate serial killers, William Bonin
and Randy Steven Kraft
He was the youngest of three sons and was raised in a reasonably stable family. His early life was not without some trauma
, however; a thin and sickly child, he became a target for bullies
at school. In his teens, he became withdrawn and fantasized
about killing people.
Originally from Texas
, Kearney moved to California after a brief marriage ended in divorce
, and eventually worked as an engineer
for Hughes Aircraft
. He claimed to have killed his first victim around 1965, a hitch-hiker
he picked up and murdered in Orange, California
. He claimed several more victims before moving to Redondo Beach
, near Los Angeles, in 1967 with a younger man named David Hill, who became his lover.
The pair would frequently argue, and Kearney would go out for long drives on his own. It was then that he would pick up young male hitch-hikers or young men from gay bars
and kill them. He was primarily a necrophile
; he would shoot his victims without warning then dismember
the bodies. Eventually, Kearney would dump the victim along the freeway or in the desert, usually wrapped in garbage bags.
Kearney's final victim was a young man named John... Read More