Angelo Buono Biography

Murderer (1934–2002)
Angelo Buono was a serial killer known as the “Hillside Strangler,” who was convicted of murdering nine women in the late 1970s.


Born on October 5, 1934, in Rochester, New York, Angelo Buono would eventually move to Los Angeles, where he would kill nine women between 1977 and 1978, receiving the nickname the “Hillside Strangler.” He was convicted in 1983 along with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi, who plead guilty to five of the killings. Buono, who received a life sentence, died in prison on September 22, 2002.

Early Life

Serial killer Angelo Anthony Buono, Jr. was born on October 5, 1934, in Rochester, New York. After his parents divorced, Buono was raised by his mother in Glendale, California. From an early age, he developed a deep loathing for women. Though he married several times and had numerous children, Buono showed nothing but brutality toward the women in his life.

'The Hillside Strangler'

By 1975, Buono was running an auto upholstery business, where he would lure a steady stream of teenage girls. He soon teamed with his cousin, Kenneth Bianchi, for a spree of kidnappings, rapes and murders that claimed 15 victims, mostly in and around Los Angeles, between October 1977 and January 1978.

Posing as policemen, the cousins began with prostitutes, eventually moving on to middle-class girls. They usually left the bodies on the hillsides of the Glendale-Highland Park area, earning the moniker "The Hillside Strangler." During the four-month rampage, Buono and Bianchi inflicted unspeakable horrors on their victims, including injecting them with deadly household chemicals.


Police captured Bianchi in Bellingham, Washington, in October 1979, and he quickly implicated Buono. After one of the longest trials in American legal history, the cousins were sentenced to life in prison. Buono died at Calipatria State Prison in September 2002 of natural causes at the age of 67.

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