Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of murdering 2 women, including Ashton Kutcher's date

Reuters | Los Angeles | Updated: 16-08-2019 01:44 IST | Created: 16-08-2019 01:43 IST
UPDATE 1-'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of murdering 2 women, including Ashton Kutcher's date
Image Credit: ANI

A jury found a man nicknamed the "Hollywood Ripper" guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including a date of actor Ashton Kutcher, and attempting to murder a third victim during a seven-year span. Michael Gargiulo, 43, sat impassively, leaning forward slightly in his chair, as the jury verdict was read.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court panel will next consider whether Gargiulo was sane at the time of the crimes, in proceedings to begin on Tuesday. Kutcher, the former star of TV shows "Two and a Half Men" and "That '70s Show" told the Los Angeles jury hearing the case in May he arrived at the Hollywood bungalow of one of the victims in 2001, after arranging a date with her, and found the lights on and the door locked.

Peering through a window in the home of the victim, fashion student Ashley Ellerin, the then 23-year-old Kutcher saw "what I thought was a red wine spilled on the carpet." Kutcher left and Ellerin, 22, was found dead at her home the next morning by a roommate. Gargiulo had broken into her place and repeatedly stabbed her, prosecutors said.

KILLED NEIGHBOR Ellerin was one of the women Gargiulo was convicted of murdering. The jury also found him guilty of using a knife to kill his neighbor, Maria Bruno.

Bruno, who was 32 and sleeping when she was attacked, lived in the same apartment complex as Gargiulo in suburban El Monte, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a statement. The jury found Gargiulo guilty of attempting to murder a third woman, Michelle Murphy, who survived a 2008 stabbing at her home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.

At the time, Murphy and Gargiulo were neighbors. He attacked the then 26-year-old Murphy but she fought him off. In the struggle, Gargiulo was cut and left behind DNA evidence, which police investigators used to tie him to the murders of Ellin and Bruno, prosecutors said.

Gargiulo's lawyers have argued their client suffered from a mental disorder that left him in a confusing "fugue state" when he attacked Murphy, the Los Angeles Times reported. Gargiulo has denied committing the other slayings, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors have said Gargiulo began his series of deadly knifings as a teenager in the Chicago area in 1993, when he killed an 18-year-old woman. Gargiulo is expected to later be extradited to Illinois to face charges in that killing.



Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...


Latest News

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano ejects towering column of ash

Rumbling Mount Sinabung on Indonesias Sumatra island erupted on Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 metres 16,400 feet into the sky. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, Indonesias Volc...

FACTBOX-Latest on worldwide coronavirus spread

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar, during an official visit to Taiwan, said its response to the pandemic was among the worlds best, while the Red Cross said it has trained 43,000 volunteers to North Korea to help fight the coronavirus.DEATHS ...

Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons

This coming Wednesday, the world will highlight young people as essential partners in effecting change. The annual celebration of International Youth Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the problems facing youth, including t...

Soccer-Mexican giants Chivas part ways with coach Tena

Chivas Guadalajara have parted ways with Mexican coach Luis Fernando Tena, the Liga MX club said on Sunday. Tena was appointed to the role in September last year but managed just eight victories in 21 league matches.Chivas have failed to sc...

Give Feedback