Sheryl Kellison was 17-years-old when she began dating Hillside Strangler Killer Ken Bianchi
It was the late 1970s in Southern California. Seventeen-year-old Sheryl Kellison and her friend, Lisa, were driving around carefree in the Los Angeles suburb of Eagle Rock when a Chevy Impala with four men inside pulled up next to them.
The men engaged the teens and offered to buy them sodas at a nearby Tommy’s, a Southern California fast food chain. They happily agreed and struck up a friendship. Days later, one of the men, Kenneth Bianchi, asked Kellison out despite being eight years older than the teen girl.
The two began dating.
Bianchi stopped by Kellison’s home often and became close with her parents.
“He’d have dinner with us,” she says. “My dad was very ill and in and out of the hospital and he would go to the hospital, and he would shave my dad and feed him.”
Kellison says she had no idea that the man she dated on and off for almost three years was a serial killer, who, along with his cousin, Angelo Buono, were responsible for 10 murders of women and girls. The murders became known as the “Hillside Strangler” killings, occurring during a four-month period between October 1977 and February 1978.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I think it was him,” Kellison says. “He was sweet to me.”
The killings are the focus of a new true crime series, The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise, premiering Aug. 2 on Peacock.
The series features video and audio tapes of psychiatric and police interviews of Bianchi while he was in custody as well as exclusive interviews with Kellison.
The killings made national headlines and terrorized Los Angeles. The pair allegedly lured their victims to Buono’s automobile upholstery shop in Glendale by posing as policemen. There, the women and girls were bound, sexually assaulted and murdered. In most of the cases, their nude and strangled remains were left sprawled on hillsides. The victims, who ranged in age from 12 to 28, included school-aged girls, a college student, sex workers and one fledgling actress.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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