Bobby's School of Criminology Part 7 - Kenneth Bianchi

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Kenneth Bianchi is a sexually sadistic psychopath. From October 1977 to January 1979, he killed at least twelve women. He, along with his cousin Angelo Buono Jr., was known as the "Hillside Stranglers". How did Bianchi come to commit these atrocities?

Kenneth Alessio Bianchi was born May 22, 1951 in Rochester, New York. His birth mother was a prostitute who gave him up for adoption after he was born. He was adopted by Nicholas Bianchi and his wife Frances Scioliono. He was deeply troubled as a child. He was a compulsive liar who would daydream a lot. Despite being intelligent, he did poorly in school and had a fiery temper. He was diagnosed with Petit Mal Seizures and Passive-Aggressive Disorder as a child. He also had a urination problem, for which he was embarrassed.

Bianchi graduated from high school in 1971. He married his high school girlfriend but soon divorced. He enrolled in college but dropped out after one semester. He worked as a security guard at a jewelry store. He would often steal jewelry and give it to women.

He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1977 and started hanging out with his cousin and future partner-in-crime, Angelo Buono Jr. Bianchi was impressed with Buono's lifestyle and his treatment of women. They soon became pimps and began murdering women in late 1977.

Bianchi and Buono would kidnap women while pretending to be cops. They would take them to Buono's home where they tortured, raped and strangled them to death. They also experimented with other murder methods. Bianchi also tried to join the LAPD and would go on ride alongs. After botching a killing, Buono gave up murder and ordered Bianchi to move to Washington State under the threat of death.

In May 1978, Bianchi moved to Bellingham, Washington. On January 11, 1979, Bianchi, while working as a security guard, strangled two female college students to death. He left many clues and was arrested the next day. He was soon linked to the Hillside Strangler murders.

At trial, Bianchi pleaded insanity and claimed that he had Multiple Personality Disorder. He was found to be faking and was diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder and Sexual Sadism. He testified against Buono at his trial, though he was generally uncooperative. Buono was sentenced to life, as was Bianchi.

In 1980, Bianchi began dating Veronica Compton while in prison. He convinced her to attempt to strangle a woman to death in order to falsely exonerate Bianchi. She failed and was sent to prison. He also attempted to sue Catherine Yronwode.

Bianchi is currently serving his life sentence at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. He was denied parole in 2010 and isn't eligible again until 2025. He is also a suspect in Rochester's Alphabet Murders.

So as we've seen, Kenneth Bianchi is a submissive yet sexually sadistic serial killer. He might not have committed the Hillside Stranglings without Buono's influence. Was he born to kill? If he committed the Alphabet Murders, then yes. If he didn't, then maybe not. We may never know. What I do know is that Bianchi had the chance to stop but he didn't. That says alot.

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