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Detective Story: The Hillside Strangler

The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Dr. Jay Vargas invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon’s inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department.

Come spend an afternoon immersed in one of the darkest periods in Southern California crime history, as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Frank Salerno (retired) shares a primary investigator’s insights into one of the most complex and high profile serial murder investigations in L.A. history. The Hillside Strangler Case – October 1977 through February 1978. An unknown killer kidnaps and murders ten young women from the streets of Los Angeles, posing their bodies on hills, freeway offramps and parkways in a brazen display that terrorized the community. Then just as suddenly as they began, the killings stopped. A year later, a suspected murderer was arrested in Washington State and the case broke open with a shocking twist: the Hillside Strangler was actually a partnership between cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, their crimes reflecting a blend of each man’s personal grudges, familiar places and obsessions. By the afternoon’s conclusion, attendees will have a deeper understanding of how serial murders shaped 20th Century Southern California culture, the investigative tools used to work the crimes, and the historical documents left behind.

ABOUT OUR FEATURED PRESENTER: Retired Sergeant Frank Salerno was a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years. He worked a variety of assignments including Custody Division, Uniform Patrol, Internal Investigations and Detective Division. He worked for 27 years as a Detective and Detective Supervisor in the Juvenile Bureau, Narcotic Bureau and the last 17 ½ years in the Homicide Bureau. Sgt. Salerno was the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments primary investigator in the “Hillside Strangler” serial murder case and the Task Force Coordinator and lead Investigator in the “Night Stalker” serial murder case. He was a member of the National Planning Committee that created VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) located at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia and a member of the National Committee that created the manual on the Multiple Agency Investigative Team (M.A.I.T.) concept. He has taught Homicide Investigation and Officer Involved Shooting Investigation for San Jose State University and the California Department of Justice. Sgt. Salerno has lectured on Serial Murders and Homicide Investigation throughout the United States.