Since serial killers are generally driven by singular, deviant compulsions, it’s rare for them to work with accomplices. Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono are the exception to that rule, at least according to the American criminal justice system and The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise, which details the case made against both men in the late 1970s. Accused of killing 10 women in the Los Angeles area—as well as two others in Bellingham, Washington, that were attributed solely to Bianchi—the cousins terrorized the West Coast via a string of sexual assaults and fatal strangulations. The twist of director Alexa Danner’s four-part Peacock docuseries (Aug. 2), however, is the suggestion that one of the two fiends might not have had anything to do with the crimes.
Before it casts doubt on its tale’s outcome, The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise revisits its initial, horrifying stages, beginning with Sheryl Kellison, who as a 17-year-old in 1976 began dating the 24-year-old Bianchi, whom she describes as “just nice and, for me, that was enough.” Shortly after they got together, the area was gripped by fear courtesy of a collection of dead women who turned up in the local hillsides. Yolanda Washington was the first to be found in October 1977, followed by Judith Miller one month later, Lissa Kastin five days after Miller, and two young girls—Dolores Cepeda and Sonja Johnson—a week after that. It was obvious that a serial madman was on the loose, and according to detectives Bob Grogan and Pete Finnigan, law enforcement soon came to believe that because of certain pieces of evidence (such as the fact that the women’s bodies were dumped in a manner that could only be accomplished by more than one individual), they were looking for a pair who were posing as figures of authority (say, police officers) in order to convince their prey to go along with them.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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