Monday, August 26, 2013

Hillside Strangler 30 years: longest criminal trial in US History

Dateline August 24th, 1983 
There is "no doubt" that Angelo Buono Jr. committed the 10 Hillside Strangler murders, a prosecutor charged as he ended the first phase of final arguments in what is believed to be the longest criminal trial in U.S. history. Final arguments took a total of 5 1/2 weeks; Buono  was found guilty on November 1, 1983.

Thirty years ago with 450 witnesses and nearly 2 years of testimony, the Hillside Strangler trial finally came to a close, with closing statements. Below is a drawing of Angelo Buono over the 4 year period he was incarcerated from arraignment to verdict. Buono the one time auto upholsterer, with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi a former security guard, strangled 10 women and girls in the Los Angeles area from 1977-1978. He was finally caught in 1979. Similar to the Son of Sam case in NYC, the Hillside Strangler case grabbed the attention of the press and the people of LA, causing great unease and concern over the 2 year period. Indeed the LA City Council passed an ordinance that would allow them to post a 25K reward leading to an arrest, the County Board of Supervisors had offered a 100K reward. A lengthy investigation by the LAPD led them to Bianchi who had moved to Washington State, he was arrested there. Then Bianchi plead guilty and implicated Buono. 






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