BREAKING NEWS: Hollywood Ripper Michael Gargiulo is found guilty of fatally stabbing Ashton Kutcher’s then-girlfriend and a mother-of-four and trying to kill another woman
Hollywood Ripper Michael Gargiulo has been found guilty of fatally stabbing Ashton Kutcher’s then-girlfriend and killing another woman in their Southern California homes.
A jury handed down the verdict for the 43-year-old serial killer on Thursday after three days of deliberations.
Gargiulo was on trial for murdering two women and trying to kill another in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008.
Hollywood Ripper Michael Gargiulo, 43, was found guilty on Thursday of killing Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno and the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008. He is pictured during his trial on August 6
Gargiulo was charged with stabbing Kutcher’s then-girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin, to death at her Hollywood home at age 22 in 2001.
He was also charged with killing mother-of-four Maria Bruno who was stabbed to death at age 32 at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte in 2005.
Gargiulo was accused of attacking Michelle Murphy while she was lying in bed in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008 but she miraculously managed to fight him off.
He is currently awaiting trial in Illinois for the 1993 killing of Tricia Pacaccio when he was 17 and friends with Pacaccio’s younger brother. Prosecutors were allowed to present evidence of the case in his California trial to help establish a pattern between the killings.
The three murder cases were going increasingly cold until the attack on Murphy set off a chain of events that led to the arrest and charges against Gargiulo.
Gargiulo stabbed Ashley Ellerin (left) to death at her Hollywood home at age 22 in 2001. He killed 32-year-old Maria Bruno (right) at her home in El Monte in 2005