Kenneth Bianchi

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One of the Hillside Stranglers12MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual, Sadistic1951/05/22 (Rochester, New York, USA)n/a


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Kenneth Alessio Bianchi was born on May 22, 1951 in Rochester, New York. He was born the only child to a 17 year-old prostitute who later gave him away for adoption. Bianchi was adopted by Frances Scioliono Bianchi and her husband.

From a young age Bianchi was known to have been a compulsive liar. At the age of 5 Kenneth began to go into trance-like states of daydreaming. It was during these states that his eyes would roll back into his head and he would become completely inattentive. Throughout his childhood he was known to have involuntary urination and was very quick to throw temper tantrums.

In January of 1976 Bianchi moved in with his future partner in crime, Angelo Buono. He began his serial series with Buono at the age of 27. All of his victims were young females between the ages of 12 to 28. Bianchi would typically choose prostitutes, people with low-incomes and students to be his victims. He would typically rape, torture and strangle all the women he chose to be his victims. He did not have a preference of race or ethnicity.

On January 10, 1979 Bianchi was arrested for the murders of two women. Upon his arrest Bianchi confessed to his involvement in ten other murders and told police about Buono’s participation in them as well. Bianchi was convicted on October 21, 1979 for the murders of twelve women and was sentenced to life in prison. He is currently serving time in Washington State Penitentiary.

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Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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Victims of Kenneth Alessio Bianchi

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Kenneth Alessio Bianchi was charged with the murders of twelve people. We currently have information on all of his victims. Yolanda Washington Yolanda was murdered on October 17, 1977. Judith Miller Judith, age 15, was murdered on October 31, 1977. Elissa Kastin Elissa, age 21, was murdered on November 5,…

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