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Richard Evonitz
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Born Richard Marc Edward Evonitz
(1963-07-29)July 29, 1963[1]
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Died June 27, 2002(2002-06-27) (aged 38)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.

Richard Marc Edward Evonitz (July 29, 1963 – June 27, 2002) was an American 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.[2]

Early life[]

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.[3]


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.[4]

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.[4]

Personal life[]

Evonitz was married twice, first to Bonnie Lou Gower from 1988 to 1996, then to Hope Marie Crowley from 1999 until his death.[3]

Criminal career[]

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.[5]

Evonitz is suspected of a 1994 abduction and rape and a 1995 rape in Massaponax, Virginia.[4]

On September 9, 1996, Evonitz abducted 16-year-old Sofia Silva from her front yard near Loriella Park in Spotsylvania County. Her decomposed body was found a month later in a creek off State Route 3 in King George County.[6]

On May 1, 1997, Evonitz abducted sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk from their front lawn after school. After sexually assaulting them, he strangled the sisters and dumped their bodies in the South Anna River. Their bodies were found five days later.[7]

On June 24, 2002, Evonitz abducted 15-year-old Kara Robinson from a friend's yard in Columbia, South Carolina. He took her to his apartment, raped her and tied her to his bed. While he slept that night, Robinson was able to free herself, escaped and was able to identify her attacker to police. Evonitz fled after finding her gone and was tracked by the police to Sarasota, Florida. As they surrounded him, he killed himself.[8][9]


  1. Birth date from SSDI as Marc E Evonitz, SSN 251-04-4170.
  2. "As Police Closed In, Evonitz Admitted Crimes to Sister".,+2002&author=Maria+Glod&pub=The+Washington+Post&edition=&startpage=B.01&desc=As+Police+Closed+In,+Evonitz+Admitted+Crimes+to+Sister. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hall, Jim, and Kari Pugh (2004-06-14). "The making of a murderer". Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hall, Jim, and Kari Pugh (2004-06-13). "Discovering deadly secrets". Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. 
  5. Gross, Edie (2002-07-02). "Man flashed Florida girl". Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. 
  6. "End of Trial Fails To End Uncertainty".,+2005&author=Ian+Shapira+and+Maria+Glod&pub=The+Washington+Post&edition=&startpage=C.08&desc=End+of+Trial+Fails+To+End+Uncertainty;+Family+Seeks+Justice+in+'96+Va.+Killings,+While+Man+Wants+to+Clear+His+Name. 
  7. "3 Slain Girls' Cases Closed - The Washington Post". 2019-03-03. 
  8. Glod, Maria (August 14, 2002). "3 Slain Girls' Cases Closed". 
  9. Hall, Jim, and Kari Pugh (June 16, 2004). "End came with love, fear, horror". Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. 

Further reading[]

  • Into the Water, Diane Fanning (St. Martin's, 2004)

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