- Hardcover: 418 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (October 21, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0453004997
- ISBN-13: 978-0453004992
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two of a Kind: The Hillside Strangler Hardcover – October 21, 1985
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The "Hillside Strangler" became an everyday headline that frightened Los Angeles for a year or so in the late 1970's. During that year, bodies of young women started showing up on the hillsides around the city. But the horror waned beside the revelations that came to light in what became the longest criminal trial in American history--BEFORE O. J. Simpson's 1994 trial--and one of the most controversial
The Hillside Strangler was thought to be one person with a real fast pace in killing. With TWO OF A KIND, Darcy O'Brien gives the inside story and is the first book to make the shocking disclosure that "the Hillside Strangler" was not one man, but two, and not only that -- they were were cousins!
In Mr. O'Brien's riveting story examines the relationship between the murderers and the drive behind their hideously evil crimes. It tells the entire story of the Hillside Stranglers as it has never been told before. He begins with the stranglers themselves who just decided one night out of bordom that they hated women and wanted to kill them (even as one strangler was living with a pregnant girlfriend and hiding the truth of his killing spree from her).
It reveals the torture, the prostitution ring, the killings. But it also shows the other side of the drama--the law. The police were so baffled by the disappearing women and then the subsequent finding them on a hillside dead, that they took drastic measures to ensure justice would prevail in this case.
TWO OF A KIND is a true story of crime and punishment here and now. But even more disturbing, it is a tale of primal evil rising from the darkest human depths and our age-old struggle to defend ourselves from it.
A young, charismatic man, under an almost hypnotic spell of a truly evil older uncle takes center stage in the longest criminal trial in this country. The defense of "multiple personalities" was as much on trial as the guilt or innocence of the defendants.
I liked this book very much because the characters--victims, murders, investigators, lawyers and judge--became real people as I read. The trial was especially intriguing as the prosecutor, defense attorney and judge laid the groundwork for a strange and new defense. This book would certainly not be a disappointment.
Angelo Buono had his way with women, but his anger toward his mother and failed relationships caused something to crack inside him. While he was violent and neglectful of women, it was not until he formed an unholy alliance with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi that he began to kill women. The duo killed ten women who were mostly prostitutes through the means suggested in the book's title. However, the murder of two school girls certainly raised my ire toward them. Although the duo was under suspicion, it was not until the pair "broke up" that the heat rose. Bianchi killed two women on his own to satiate his lust, but was not nearly as efficient without his cousin.
The one aspect of the book I disliked was that there seemed to be more focus on the detectives than the criminals. This was a small flaw in the grand scale. The book was well written and tough to put down. Even knowing the results of the trial, the writing managed to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what might happen next. I even doubted the possibility of conviction for a moment. Although it is often verbose and quite lengthy at times, I would recommend this work of true crime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the scariest books I've read. It is well written and fascinating.Published 14 months ago by kiggsy
Great read and insightful view into the thinking of these 2 miscreants. Graphic in its description but needed to describe and understand these 2.Published on December 20, 2013 by Gary Zimmerman
I've read a lot of true crime over the years, but I really didn't like this book. In fact, I didn't get very far along with it before just throwing it in the trash. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by paula t
although im sure the author did his utmost to be accurate... there are certain things about this case that we will never know for sure... all in all its a very good read... Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by mikesphat
I was arrested on March 30, 1978 as the Hillside Strangler. The Media with their TV camera's were present when the LAPD arrested me when I come home from work and took me downtown. Read morePublished on October 15, 2005 by Spike