9th January
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1984 The Hillside Stranglers

Angelo Buono, one of the Hillside Stranglers, is sentenced to life in prison without the prospect of parole for his role in the rape, torture, and murder of 10 women in Los Angeles. Buono's cousin and accomplice, Kenneth Bianchi, testified against Buono to escape the death penalty.

The two started abducting women in 1977 who they thought would not be missed. They picked their victims up in their van, took them back to Buono's home, raped them, tortured them, strangled them and then left the body's on the Hillside, sometimes near police stations.

Following the tenth murder in February 1978 the murders suddenly stopped. The two had fallen out.

Bianchi moved to Washington. He was arrested after murdering two further women. He initially attempted to claim that he had a split personality, but when that failed he testified against Buono in an attempt to avoid the death penalty. Buono died of a heart attack in 2002.

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