A person generally known as the “Hollywood Ripper” has been sentenced to dying for the homicide of two ladies and tried killing of a 3rd.
Michael Gargiulo, 45, was convicted virtually two years in the past, however delays resulting from procedural issues and the COVID pandemic means it was solely on Friday that he was ordered to dying row.
The households of his victims wept in court docket as Los Angeles Superior Courtroom Choose Larry Fidler introduced the sentence, saying: “All over the place that Mr Gargiulo went, dying and destruction adopted him.”
Gargiulo’s case first got here to prominence as one in all his victims died earlier than they had been resulting from go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher 20 years in the past.
The 45-year-old was convicted of the 2001 killing of dressmaker Ashley Ellerin, 22, and likewise the 2005 homicide of 32-year-old mother-of-four Maria Bruno.
Ms Ellerin had been resulting from go on a date with the then up-and-coming comedy star Kutcher, who has since starred in The Butterfly Impact and Two And A Half Males.
Through the trial, the court docket heard testimony from the actor, who would have been round 23 on the time.
He spoke of how Ms Ellerin didn’t reply the door at her Hollywood dwelling when he went to select her up, and after wanting inside he observed what he thought had been wine stains – marks which had been truly her blood.
Ms Ellerin was discovered with 47 stab wounds.
Her father, Michael Ellerin, instructed the court docket he was tempted to recreate his spouse Cynthia’s “mournful scream and primal wailing after discovering out that Ashley had been murdered”.
“It marked the start of an altered, diminished, heartbreaking life,” he stated.
The second killing came about at Ms Bruno’s dwelling in east Los Angeles in 2005.
Her physique was discovered along with her breasts reduce off and her implants eliminated.
Gargiulo was additionally discovered responsible of the 2008 tried homicide of Michelle Murphy in her flat in Santa Monica.
Ms Murphy spoke of how she fought off her attacker, asking the court docket: “How is it truthful that one particular person’s actions can destroy the lives of so many?”
The assassin fled the scene of that incident however left behind a path of blood – a reality which led to his arrest.
Gargiulo had labored as an air con and heating repairman, bouncer, and aspiring actor.
He was additionally recognized in US media as “The Chiller Killer” and by prosecutors as “The Boy Subsequent Door Killer”, as he lived close to his victims earlier than stalking and attacking them.
Gargiulo claims he was prevented from testifying by his authorized staff, saying he was going to dying row “wrongfully and unjustfully” after the Californian jury beneficial a dying sentence.
The choose agreed with the advice nevertheless it’s unlikely it is going to be carried out any time quickly, because the state of California has not executed anybody since 2006 and the present governor has halted executions whereas in workplace.
Gargiulo will now be extradited to the state of Illinois, the place he’ll stand trial for the 1993 killing of Tricia Pacaccio.
California prosecutors used proof from this case to display a sample of behaviour.