Angelo Buono, Jr. was born, October 5, 1934 and died, September 21, 2002) Buono and his cousin Kenneth Bianchi were serial killers known as the Hillside Stranglers.
Buono was born in Rochester, New York to first generation Italian-American emigrants from San Buono, Italy. In his younger life, leading up to the murders, Buono
had already had a long criminal history and arrest, ranging from failure to pay child support and grand theft auto to assault and rape. When Buono was 41, 1975, he
met, Kenneth Bianchi.
A self-described "ladies' man", Buono convinced his younger cousin to help him in prostituting the women and young girls they had sex with, holding them as virtual
prisoners. In late 1977, the pair began torturing and killing the women also, claiming 10 documented victims by the time they were arrested in early 1979. Angelo
Buono was also said to have made women refer to him as "The Italian Stallion"
The legal case against Buono was based mostly on Bianchi's testimony. The case's original prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office moved to dismiss all charges
against Buono and set him free.
The presiding judge, Ronald M. George, denied the motion to dismiss. He refused to release Buono, and he reassigned the case to the California Attorney General's office.
Buono's trial at that time was the longest in American legal history, lasting from November 1981 until November 1983. During the trial, Bianchi, in
exchange for a lighter sentence, testified against Buono. The jury convicted Buono on nine counts of murder.
The jury sentenced Buono to life imprisonment, with George commenting that he felt a death sentence would have been the appropriate punishment.
Prison sentence and death
In 1986, Buono married Christine Kizuka, a mother of three and a supervisor at the California State Department of Employee Development.
Buono was found dead on September 21, 2002 at Calipatria State Prison. Buono, who was alone in his cell at the time of his death, died of a heart attack.
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After his death
In 2007, Buono's grandson, Christopher Buono, committed suicide shortly after shooting his grandmother, Mary Castillo, in the head. Castillo was at one time married to Angelo Buono, and
had five children with him, including Chris' father. Chris Buono was unaware of his grandfather's true identity until 2005.