BIRTH: May 10, 1963
DEATH: November 13, 1977
Sonja, 14, and her friend, Dolly, 12, were the youngest victims of the Hillside Strangler.
Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianch abducted them while taking a bus home from a family friendly shopping center. They were taken to Angelo’s upholstery shop, raped, tortured, and then murdered.
Sonja and Dolly were found 8 days later nude and on a hillside not far from where they disappeared. A nine year-old boy finds their bodies in Highland Park.
Angelo and Kenneth were able to gain the trust of the girls by showing a fake police ID. They would usually cruise around Los Angeles in Angelo’s car and use fake badges to persuade girls that they were undercover cops. Their victims were women and girls aged 12 to 28 from various walks of life. They would then order the girls into Angelo’s “unmarked police car” and drive them home to torture and murder them.
Both Angelo Buono, and Kenneth Bianch were convicted of murders of numerous girls and women and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
On September 21, 2002 Angelo Buono was found dead in his cell after dying from a heart attack.