Hillside Stranglers - Serial Killers
Hillside Stranglers - Angelo Buono Jr.
Stranglers - Serial killers
Buono Jr., whose gruesome killing of young Los Angeles women in the 1970s
earned him the nickname "Hillside Strangler," died Saturday in
his prison cell, corrections officials said.
Buono, 67, was found dead in his cell at
Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County, said Bob Martinez, a spokesman
for the state Department of Corrections.
The cause of death was not immediately
known but Martinez said Buono suffered from heart problems. Buono was
alone in his own cell when he died.
In November 1983, Buono was sentenced to
life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of
killing nine young women and dumping their nude bodies on Los Angeles-area
hillsides, earning him the nickname "Hillside Strangler."
His adoptive cousin, Kenneth Bianchi,
pleaded guilty to five of the murders and testified against Buono. Bianchi
is serving his prison sentence in Washington state, where he killed two
The two were accused of kidnapping, raping,
torturing and killing the women, ranging in age from 12 to 28, during a
four-month period in 1977 and 1978.
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|The most disturbing murderers
kill for only one reason - their own enjoyment. This program examines the murderess
who perpetrate terrible crimes against women, and are satisfied
by hurting and killing their random and often unknown victims.
In the summer that followed the end of WWII, an ex-serviceman brutally
murdered 2 British women. The killings were remarkable in their level of
violence and ferocity. The police arrested Neville Heath, a fraudster who
had been court-martialed during the war who later posed as a war hero. He
was found guilty and sentenced to death, but he showed no signs of remorse
for his terrible crimes and calmly mounted the gallows steps only after
drinking a double whiskey.
In America in the 1970's another serial killer was on the loose, preying
on young and vulnerable women, whose bodies were found in the hills
surrounding Los Angeles. They had been raped and strangled. Nicknamed
"The Hillside Strangler", the murderer killed 12 young women
over 4 months. Finally the police were led to Kenneth Bianchi, a security
guard, who quickly implicated his cousin, Angelo Buono. Working together
these men had enjoyed their reign of terror, but after the longest trial
in American legal history Bianchi and Buono were finally behind bars,
sentenced to life imprisonment.
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