He’s the LA air con repairman who has been dubbed the ‘Hollywood Ripper’ and the ‘Chiller Killer’ after being charged with the murders of three girls and the tried homicide of one other.
And because the trial of alleged killer Michael Gargiulo, 43, lastly begins this week within the US, a Hollywood actor is predicted to be referred to as to look as a witness, because the ugly demise of a scholar he was relationship is detailed in courtroom.
A-list actor Ashton Kutcher, then 23, was because of take Ashely Ellerin, 22, to a Grammy Awards after social gathering in February, 2001.
She was a vogue scholar and stripper who was in the identical social circles because the up-and-coming actor, who had simply had his first hit with Dude, The place’s my Automotive?
However when she didn’t reply the cellphone, he drove to her Hollywood home, based on stories.
It was at 10.45pm, and there was no reply, although the lights had been on and the automobile was within the drive of the house, behind the landmark Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre, as soon as house to the Oscars.
Kutcher, who’s now married to actress Mila Kunis, noticed a pool of what he thought was spilled crimson wine on carpet via the window.
He thought nothing of it, and, believing she should have gone to mattress, left.
However the substance pooled on the ground was Ellerin’s blood.
She had allegedly been stabbed dozens of occasions, and her physique was simply out of view on the ground.
Based on stories, it was so mutilated, she was virtually decapitated.
Her roommate later mentioned she was “completely blue and lined in blood”.
Dad-of-two Gargiulo was arrested in 2008 over the killing – and has been held at Los Angeles Nation Jail, awaiting trial ever since.
Ellerin’s buddies advised police Gargiulo had been to repair a heater on the shared home beforehand, and had develop into fixated with Ellerin, stories CBS.
They declare he had been seen parked outdoors her home through the night time.
He’s additionally charged with the chilly case killing of a lady in his house city of Chicago.
Gargiulo’s neighbour Tricia Pacaccio, 18, was additionally violently stabbed outdoors her house within the Illinois metropolis in 1993.
DNA discovered underneath Pacaccio’s fingernails matched his DNA, police declare.
He’s additionally charged with the homicide of Maria Bruno in 2005 and the tried homicide of Michelle Murphy in 2008, each in California.
Ellerin’s childhood pal, journalist Carolyn Murnick, wrote a e-book referred to as The Sizzling One about her friend- who had additionally dated Vin Diesel, and Legislation and Order actor, Jeremy Sisto.
She mentioned whereas her pal had “dabbled within the intercourse business,” and labored as a Vegas stripper, “she gave the impression to be actually dwelling her greatest life”.
She advised Legislation and Crime Community within the USA this week she was occurring her first date with Kutcher on the night time of her brutal demise.
“He was somebody that frolicked of their social circles and on the night time of her homicide, was going to be the primary time they had been spending time collectively one on one,” she mentioned.
“He got here to choose her up for this agreed date. He discovered that she didn’t reply the door, and seemed within the window and noticed what he thought was wine on the carpet.
“I believe that probably they had been a free connection and he didn’t essentially assume something was that odd.
“He confirmed up at somebody’s home, she wasn’t there, “oh possibly we bought the plans improper”.
“I don’t essentially assume something greater than that.”
She mentioned if she may, she’d inform her pal she needs her life had turned out in a different way.
“It’s a tragedy. She could be 41. I believe rather a lot about what sort of life she might need had,” she mentioned.
Police have by no means linked Gargiulo to different killings.
Nevertheless, he as soon as mentioned to jail bosses that ‘simply because ten girls had been killed and his DNA was current, it didn’t imply he killed them,’ based on the Chicago Solar Herald.
The trial begins on Thursday in Los Angeles.