The True Story of Hillside Strangler Will Give You Nightmares

Where are Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi now?

In 1986, Buono married Christine Kizuka, a mother of three whom he met when her former husband spent five months in a cell next to his while serving time for assault with a deadly weapon. A California Department of Corrections spokesperson told The Associated Press that Buono was not permitted conjugal visits, and he was not likely to be, “due to the nature of his crimes against women”.

Buono, who had heart problems, died in his cell at Calpatria State Prison of natural causes on September 21, 2002. He was 67 years old.

In January 2007, Christopher Buonoone of the killer’s grandchildren, shot his grandmother Mary Castillo in the head, then fatally turned the gun on himself. Castillo survived.

A neighbor who knew about his past told the Orange County Register“People should leave her alone or care about her because she is Mary, not because she was married to this man.”

Meanwhile, Bianchi got married Book by Shirlee Joyce, who started as a correspondent, in 1989, meeting her in person for the first time the day before their wedding. Now 71, he remains locked up in Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He was denied parole on his first attempt, in 2010, and he can try again in 2025.


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