In the late 1970s, Los Angeles was a hotbed for serial killers. Randy Kraft prowled Southern California’s seemingly endless network of highways, murdering young men.
Investigators examine one of the Hillside Stranglers murder scenes.
William Bonin, the “Freeway Killer,” stalked the streets in a beat-up van, killing at least 21 boys and young men.
A member of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office yells instruction up a hillside as members of the Los Angeles Police Hillside Strangler task force investigate the body of Cindy Hudspeth (her leg can be seen) found in the trunk of a car.
For four months, starting in October 1977, the residents of South California were living in fear of a monster who strangled and raped women as young as 12, and scattered their naked bodies around hillsides.
Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives investigate the murder site of Lauren Rae Wagner. The body was found on November 29, 1977, on the west side of Mount Washington at 1217 Cliff Drive in Glassell Park.
Starting off by murdering three sex workers, the Strangler eventually began abducting young women regardless of race or background, before simply vanishing for good.
2006 N. Alvarado in Silver Lake, where Kimberly Diane Martin’s body was found. The covered body can be seen in the center of the photo, with police personnel and residents of the area in the background.
What people did not expect, was that it was the work of not one, but two insatiable killers – cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono.
Jane Evelyn King, the 9th victim of the Hillside Strangler. Her body was found dumped at a southbound Los Feliz off-ramp of the Golden State Freeway. Sheet in background marks where her nude body was found. Police investigators can be seen in the foreground.
Behind the Tape Photobook features 9 more spine-chilling shots revisiting the Hillside Strangler’s reign of terror, along with nearly a thousand more crime scene photos.
WARNING: THE PHOTOBOOK ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.