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Convicted “Hillside Strangler” Angelo Buono Marries in Prison

March 23, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Angelo Buono Jr., convicted of the sexual torture and murders of nine young women in the notorious ″Hillside Strangler″ serial killings, has taken a bride, a prison official said Monday.

Buono, 52, married Christine Kizuka, 35, a mother of three and supervisor at the Los Angeles office of the state Employment Development Department, one year ago Tuesday at Folsom Prison.

″I want to emphasize that Buono has never had a conjugal visit. He is not recommended to ever have a conjugal visit... due to the nature of his crimes against women,″ state Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Gore said Monday.


The Department of Corrections allows any inmate to marry while in prison. The crimes he committed terrorized Los Angeles in 1977 and 1978 and make him one of the department’s most notorious inmates.

The Los Angeles Herald Examiner reported the wedding in Monday’s editions after reviewing marriage records in Sacramento.

On March 24, 1986, corrections official Richard Wipf conducted a five- minute civil wedding cermony in a visiting area at Folsom Prison.

″It was just a routine marriage,″ said Wipf. ″They were both happy.″

Both Ms. Kizuka and her lawyer declined to comment.

Acquaintances said Ms. Kizuka has kept her marriage to Buono secret from family members. She met Buono through her first husband, who spent five months in a cell next to Buono’s while serving a term for assault with a deadly weapon in 1983. They were divorced in May 1983.

It was Buono’s fourth marriage. His third ended three months after his conviction.

In November 1983, Buono was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of nine of 10 strangler slayings.

His adoptive cousin, Kenneth Bianchi, pleaded guilty to five of the murders and testified against Buono. Bianchi is serving his prison sentence in Washington state, where he killed two other women.

The two were accused of kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing 10 women ranging in age from 12 to 28 during a four-month period in 1977 and 1978. Buono acquired the name ″Hillside Strangler″ because the victims’ bodies were dumped on hillsides around Los Angeles.