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For weeks, the body count of sexually violated, brutally murdered young women escalated. With increasing alarm, Los Angeles newspapers headlined the deeds of a serial killer they named the Hillside Strangler. The city was held hostage by fear. But not until January 1979, more than a year later, would the mysterious disappearance of two university students near Seattle lead police to the arrest of a security guard - the handsome, charming, fast-talking Kenny Bianchi - and the discovery that the strangler was not one man, but two.

Compellingly, O'Brien explores the symbiotic relationship between Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono and their lust for women as insatiable as their hate, before examining the crimes they remorselessly perpetrated and the lives of the unsuspecting victims they claimed. Equally riveting is O'Brien's account of the trial - one of the longest and most controversial criminal court cases in American history - with the defense team parading, one after another, expert witnesses who had been effectively duped by Bianchi's impersonation of a man suffering multiple personality disorder. It's one way a man might contrive to get away with murder.

Darcy O'Brien weds the narrative skill of an award-winning novelist with the detailed observations of an experienced investigator to unravel this chilling true-crime story.

©1985 Darcy O'Brien (P)2021 Tantor

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Horrifying yet fascinating.

I've known the story of the Hillside Stranglers for many years so this story was not new to me. What drew me to the book was that given its length the story would provide far more detail. I was not disappointed.
I will be looking for more books by the author and also narrator.

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Riveting

Unbelievable stuff these two nut jobs should have been executed the details of their horrendous crimes are gut wrenching
Excellent true crime

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  • 18-03-21

listen to it everywhere

LOVE IT. I LISTEN TO THIS WHEN I WENT PLACE AND CLEANING. GOING TO LISTEN TO IT AGAIN .

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  • Trish
  • 04-03-21

ugh.. the narrator

good reading! the narrator is great when he's not doing the character voices. the voices he uses for the characters is just bad.

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  • Markopolo96
  • 23-03-21

TOO much detail of rape, sodomy & bleeding rectums

I identify as someone who enjoys a well written true crime novel. I've read some of the best books about America's most disturbed, deranged, and blood thirsty killers, and have my fair share of particular favorites. However, this book made me not only squirm, but it possibly could have traumatized me... There's way too many depictions of the numerous rapes these men (who should've suffered the death penalty first hand) committed, and it doesn't help that Darcy O'Brien details bleeding rectums, women choking and blacking out repeatidly while being forced to give oral sex, and having their deceased bodies be desecrated and mocked in the very end... Seriously, it seems like O'Brien got some sort of sexual gratification himself by just talking about how Lauren Wagner, Judith Miller, the 2 girls from Eagle Rock, perished and were ultimately tortured... Not only can I never watch another documentary piece about the Hillside Stranglers, it hurts me internally to ever look at the pictures of the victims in the future. I hope Kenneth Bianchi is suffering in prison!

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