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‘Hollywood Ripper’ Suspect Guilty in Knife Murders, Attack

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‘Boy Next Door Killer’ suspect Michael Gargiulo guilty in knife attacks on Ashton Kutcher’s date, other young women

LOS ANGELES (LA Times) — Michael Gargiulo sits with his defense attorney Daniel Nardoni during closing arguments of his murder trial. A jury found “boy next door killer” suspect Michael Gargiulo guilty in three knife attacks on young women.

Gargiulo, 43, was convicted of murdering Ashley Ellerin, 22, and Maria Bruno, 32, and attempting to kill Michelle Murphy, 26, in attacks in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008. The jury deliberated more than three days before it reached its verdict.

One night in August of that year, Tricia Pacaccio, 18, was celebrating her high school graduation with friends before they headed off to college. She dropped off a friend about 1 a.m. before heading home. She walked up to her door carrying her house key but never made it inside.

Her father found her on the doorstep later that morning with numerous stab wounds to her chest, shoulder and neck.

Gargiulo, 17 at the time, was a friend of Pacaccio’s younger brother. It wasn’t until a decade later that investigators discovered that the DNA collected from her fingernails was his, according […]

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