The Hillside Strangler is the nickname for two men, cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono , w ho were conv icted of kidnapping , raping , torturi ng , and ki lling girls and wo men rang ing in ag e from 12 to 28 years old during a four-month period from late 1977 to early 1978. They committed their crimes in the hills above Los Angeles, California .
first generation Italian-American emigrants from San Buono , Italy . In the time leadin g up to the killings, Buono had already developed a long criminal history, ranging from failure to pay child support and grand theft auto to assau lt and rape . In 19 75, when Buono w as 41, he met Kennet h Bianc hi.  A sel f-de scribed &quot;ladies' man&quot;, Buono persuaded Bianchi to join hi m i n prostituting two women, holding them as virtual prisoners. In late 1977, the pair beg an killing other women as well, claiming 10 documented victims by the time they were arrested in early 1979. Buono was also said to have made women refer to him as &quot;The Italian Stallion&quot;; this has been reported on several television shows, including the Investigation Discovery show Deranged and A&E Television Network 's Biography , and on truTv 's Crime Library w ebsite.
Bianchi was born in Rochester, New York , to a prostitute who gave him up fo r adoption two weeks after he w as born. He was adopted at three months by Frances Sc ioliono and her husband Nicholas Bianchi in Rochester. He often worried her with his penchant for trance-like daydreams. Despite having above-average intelligence, he was an underachiever who was quick to lose his temper. He was diagnosed with petit mal seizures when he was five years ol d and passive-aggr essionpassive-aggressive disorder when he was 10. After Ni cholas' death from pneumonia in 196 4, Fran ces had to work whil e her son attended high school. Frances is known for keeping Bia nchi home from school for long periods of time. Bianchi would make frequent trips to the doctors because of a urination problem. Frances would make the doctors poke and prod his private parts. This caused him more mental pain then anything else that happened in his childhood.
Shortly after Bianchi graduated from Gates-Chili High School in 1971, he married his high school sweetheart; the union ended after eight months. Supposedly, she left him without an explanation. As an adult, he dropped out of college after one semes ter, an d drifted through a series of menial jobs, finally ending up as a security guard at a jewelry store. This gave him a great opportunity to steal valuables, which he often gave to girlfriends or prostitutes to buy their loyalty. Because of many petty thefts, Bianchi was constantly on the move. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977, and started spending time with his older cousin Angelo Buono , who impressed Bi anchi with h is fancy clothes, jewelry, and talent for getting any women he wanted and &quot;putting them in their place&quot;. Before long, they worked together as pimps , and, by late 1977, had escalated to murd er. They had raped and murdered 10 women by the time they we re ar rested in early 1979.
Recap of what Amanda mentioned before, Angelo and Kenneth completed a total of 10 murders in the course of only 4 months, targeting young women from the ages of 12-28.
The first victim of the Hillside Strangler was a Hollywood prostitute , Yolanda Washington, whose body was found near the Forest Lawn Cemetery on October 18, 1977. The corpse was cleaned and faint marks were visible around the neck, wrists, and ankles where a rope had been used. It was discovered that the victim had been raped.
On November 1, 1977, police were called to a La Crescenta neighborhood, north east of downtown Los Angeles, where the body of a teenage girl was found naked, face up on a parkway in a residential area. The then homeowner covered her with a tarp to protect the neighborhood children from viewing her on their way to school. Bruises on her neck indicated strangulation. The body had been dumped, indicating she was killed elsewhere. The girl was eventually identified as Judith Lynn Miller, a runaway prostitute who was barely 15 years old. This event caused the homeowner to relocate his family out of state for their protection. The coroner's report further detailed her being bound much like the first victim, Yolanda Washington.
the nude body of another woman was discovered near the Chevy Chase Country Club. Similar to Judith Lynn Miller, she had been strangled with a ligature. The woman was identified as 21-year-old Lissa Teresa Kastin, a waitress, and was last seen leaving work the night before she was discovered. Whereas some of the other victims were prostitutes, Lissa Kastin was a characteristically &quot;good girl&quot; who had also worked part time for her father's real estate and construction business. A ballet student, she was saving money to continue her training and hoped to become a professional dancer.
Two girls, Dolores Cepeda, 12, and Sonja Johnson,14 boarded a school bus and headed home on November 13, 1977. The last time they were seen was getting off this bus and approaching a car. Inside the car were reportedly two men. A young boy, cleaning up a trash-strewn hillside near Dodger Stadium found two bodies, six days later, November 20. Both girls had been strangled and raped, and were identified as Cepeda and Johnson.
Later that same day, November 20, 1977, hikers found the nude, sexually assaulted body of Kristina Weckler, 20, on a hillside near Glendale. Unlike previous victims, there were signs of torture, indi cated by oozing injection marks. It was later revealed that Weckler had been injected with Windex.
On November 23, 1977, the badly decomposed body of Jane King, 28, an actress, was found near an off ramp of the Golden State freeway. She had gone missing around November 9. With the continued discovery of bodies in hilly areas, a task force was formed to catch the predator, dubbed the &quot;Hillside Strangler.&quot;
On November 29, 1977, police found the body of Lauren Wagner, 18. She also had been strangled with a ligature. There were also burn marks on her hands indicating she was tortured. The law enforcement task force — Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's De partment and Glendale Police Department — be gan to assume that more than one person was responsible for the murders, even though the media continued to use the singular, Hillside Strangler.
On December 13, 1977, police found the body of 17-year-old prostitute Kimberly Martin on a hillside.
The final victim in Los Angeles was discovered on February 16, 1978, when a helicopter pilot spotted an orange Datsun abandoned off a cliff in the Los Angeles Crest area. Police responded to the scene and found the body of the car's owner, 20-year-old Cindy Hudspeth, in the trunk.
After intensive investigation, police charged cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, Jr. wi th the crimes. Bianchi had fled to Bellingham, Washington where he was soon arrested for raping and murdering two women he had lured t o a home for a house-sitting job. Bianchi attempted to set up an insanity defense, claiming he had a personality disorder, and a separate personality fr om himself committed the murders. Court psychologists, notably Dr. Martin Orne, observed Bianchi and found that he was faking the illness, so Bianchi ag reed to plead guilty and testify aga inst Buono in exchange for leniency.
At the conclusion of Buono's trial in 1983, presiding judge Ronald M. George, who would later become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, said he would impose the death pe nalty without a second thought if the jury had allowed it. [ citation needed ] Bianchi is serving a life senten ce in the Washington State Penitentiary of the Washington State Department of Corrections in Walla Walla, Washington. Buono di ed of a heart at tack on Septemb er 21, 2 0 02, in Calipatria Stat e Prison of the Califo rnia Department of Co rrections, where he w as serving a life sentence.
In 1980, Bianchi began a relationship with Veronica Compton. During his trial, she testified for the defense. She was later convicted and imprisoned for attempting to strangle a woman she had lured to a motel in an attempt to have authorities believe that the Hillside Strangler was still on the loose and the wrong man was imprisoned. Bianchi had given her some smuggled semen to use to make it look like a rape/murder committed by the Hillside Strangler.
Julianne DiBetta and Amanda LibrizziHillside Strangler
Angelo Buono Born on O ctober 5, 1934 in Rochester, New York First generation Italian-American emigrants from San Buono, Italy Had a long criminal history In 1975, met up with his cousin, and decided to make good decisions.
Kenneth Bianci Born on May 22, 1951 in Rochester, New York Mom= prostitute Given up for adoption Had a very troubled childhood "a com pulsive l who had risen from the iar cradl dissem bl e ing“ Was very sick as a child Mentally scared due to many uncomfortable experiences
Kenneth’s Life (continued) Graduated from Gates-Chili High School in 1971 Married high school sweetheart; divorced after 8 months Left college, took up menial jobs Worked hard to buy the loyalty of prostitutes by giving them jewelry and other valuables Constantly on the move Inspired by his older cousin, Angelo Buono
Murders-recap 4 month period 1977-1978 10 Murders Young women aged 12-28
Yolanda Washington October 18th 1977 Hollywood prostitute Evidence of binding, strangulation, and rape
Judith Lynn Miller November 1st 1977 15 years old Runaway prostitute Found in La Crescenta neighborhood Evidence of binding and strangulation
Lissa Teresa Kastin November 6th 1977 21 years old Waitress-Real estate-Ballet dancer Found in Chevy Chase Country Club Evidence of binding and strangulation
Dolores Cepeda & Sonja Johnson November 13th 1977 12 & 14, respectively Found near Dodger Stadium Evidence of binding, strangulation, and rape
Kristina Weckler November 20th 1977 20 years old Found on Glendale hillside Evidence of torture by injection
Jane King November 23rd 1977 28 years old Actress Found near Golden State freeway Badly decomposed
Lauren Wagner November 29th 1977 18 years old Evidence of binding, torture, and strangulation Suspicious of more than one murderer
Kimberly Martin December 13th 1977 17 years old Found on hillside
Cindy Hudspeth February 1978 20 years old Found in trunk of car off a cliff
Trial Charged Bianchi and Buono Bianchi fled to Washington Eventually caught for raping and murdering a second two women Tried to plead insanity Agreed to plead guilty
Trial Outcome 1983 Bianchi Life sentence Washington State Penitentiary Buono Life sentence California State Prison Died September 21st 2002 of heart attack
Veronia Compton 1980 began relationship with Bianchi Testified in defense Convicted for attempted murder