Richard Evonitz

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Richard Evonitz
Born Richard Marc Edward Evonitz
(1963-07-29)July 29, 1963[1]
Columbia, South Carolina
Died June 27, 2002(2002-06-27) (aged 38)
Sarasota, Florida
Cause of death Suicide by firearm
Victims 3 known
Span of killings
Country United States
State(s) Virginia

Richard Marc Evonitz (July 29, 1963 – June 27, 2002) was a serial killer, kidnapper, and rapist responsible for the deaths of three girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and the abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl in Richland County, South Carolina. Evonitz has been suspected of other murders, and confessed a number of crimes to his sister shortly before committing suicide.


Early life and education[edit]

Richard Marc Edward Evonitz was born at Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina to Joseph and Tess Ragin Evonitz. He was the first of three children; two sisters, Kristen and Jennifer, followed him in 1968 and 1971. Known as Marc to avoid confusion with a paternal uncle also named Richard, he graduated from Irmo High School in 1980 at age 16.[2]


After high school, Evonitz worked briefly as the manager of a Jiffy Lube before joining the United States Navy. He served as a sonar technician and received a Good Conduct Medal before being honorably discharged after eight years of service.[3]

Following his stint in the Navy, Evonitz worked steadily at businesses that sold compressors and grinding equipment. He filed for bankruptcy in 1997, unable to keep up with bills following a divorce, and had a house foreclosed in 1999 following a failed business venture, but at the time of his death Evonitz had been working at an air-compressor company since moving to South Carolina a few years earlier.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Evonitz was married twice, first to Bonnie Lou Gower from 1988 to 1996, then to Hope Marie Crowley from 1999 until his death.[2]

Criminal career[edit]

In January 1987, Evonitz exposed himself and masturbated in front of a 15-year-old girl in Orange Park, Florida. He was arrested a month later when his ship returned to port, He entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to three years' probation.[4]

Evonitz is suspected of a 1994 abduction and rape and a 1995 rape in Massaponax, Virginia.[3]

Death and afterward[edit]

On June 27, 2002, Evonitz was surrounded by police near the waterfront in Sarasota, Florida. He was urged to surrender peacefully but kept a pistol in his hand until a police dog was released; after being bitten multiple times, Evonitz shot himself and was declared dead at 10:52 p.m. Following the return of his body to his family, his remains were cremated and scattered over the Saluda River.[5]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Birth date from SSDI as Marc E Evonitz, SSN 251-04-4170.
  2. ^ a b Hall, Jim, and Kari Pugh (2004-06-14). "The making of a murderer". Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star. 
  3. ^ a b c Hall, Jim, and Kari Pugh (2004-06-13). "Discovering deadly secrets". Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star. 
  4. ^ Gross, Edie (2002-07-02). "Man flashed Florida girl". Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. 
  5. ^ Hall, Jim, and Kari Pugh (2004-06-16). "End came with love, fear, horror". Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star. 

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