Gargiulo is accused of stabbing three women to death and attempting to murder a fourth.
He is a native of Northfield Township, Illinois,[clarification needed], where he allegedly stabbed his neighbor, 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio, to death at her home on August 14, 1993. She was stabbed 12 times. Gargiulo moved to Los Angeles in 1998, allegedly to escape scrutiny from police in Illinois.
Gargiulo is accused of three stabbings in Southern California between 2001 and 2008. On February 21, 2001, he allegedly stabbed Ashley Ellerin to death in her home in Hollywood. She was stabbed 35 times. Ellerin was dating Ashton Kutcher at the time and, and they had planned to go to a post-Grammy Awards party the night she was killed. He allegedly stabbed his neighbor, Maria Bruno, to death at her home in of El Monte, California, on December 1, 2005. She was stabbed 17 times. He is charged with the attempted murder of his neighbor, Michelle Murphy, in her home in Santa Monica on April 28, 2008. She fought off the attack, and blood matching Gargiulo's DNA was found at the scene.
Arrest and prosecution
Gargiulo was arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department on June 6, 2008. Gargiulo allegedly told authorities in the Los Angeles County Jail that he murdered ten women.
Media in Los Angeles dubbed Gargiulo the "Hollywood Ripper" as well as the "Chiller Killer."