- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Angelo Buono Jr., whose gruesome killing of young Los Angeles women in the 1970s earned him the nickname "Hillside Strangler," died yesterday in his prison cell, corrections officials said.
Buono, 67, was found dead in his cell at Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County, said Bob Martinez, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.
The cause of death was not immediately known, but Mr. Martinez said Buono suffered from heart problems. There were no signs of trauma, and Buono was alone in his own cell when he died.
In November 1983, Buono was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of killing nine young women and dumping their nude bodies on Los Angeles-area hillsides, earning him the nickname "Hillside Strangler."
His adoptive cousin, Kenneth Bianchi, pleaded guilty to five of the murders and testified against Buono. Bianchi is serving his prison sentence in Washington state, where he killed two other women.
The two were accused of kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing the women, ranging in age from 12 to 28, during a four-month period in 1977 and 1978.


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