|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1934|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 21, 2002|
Mass Murderer known as "The Hillside Strangler." Beginning in 1977, with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi he kidnapped and tortured 9 young women between the ages of 12 and 28, eventually killing them. They taunted police by lining up the bodies in weeds along Los Angeles, California, highways. They would abduct their victims by flashing fake police badges and then take them back to Buono's Glendale, California, automobile upholstery shop. On October 18, 1977, they killed their first victim and laid her body right next to the entrance to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where many famous people are buried. Their victims were, Cindy Lee Hudspeth, Kimberly Diane Martin, Lauren Rae Wagner, Kristina Weckler, Sonja Johnson, Dolores Cepeda, Jane Evelyn King, Elissa Kastin and Judith Lynn Miller. The case was later a subject of a television movie and a book. Buono and Bianchi were both sentenced to life in prison and were spared the death penalty. Buono died of natural causes on September 22, 2002, in his jail cell at the Calipatria State Prison in Palms Springs, California. He was 67 years old.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Record added: Sep 22, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6796785
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