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CrimeWho Is Michael Gargiulo? New Details On The Serial Killer Charged With The 2001 Murder Of Ashton Kutcher's Girlfriend

17:47  07 november  2018
17:47  07 november  2018 Source:   yourtango.com

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Michael Thomas Gargiulo (born February 15, 1976) is an American alleged serial killer who may have killed as many as ten women. Gargiulo is accused of brutally stabbing three women to death and attempting to murder a fourth.

Michael Thomas Gargiulo (born February 15, 1976) is an American alleged serial killer who may have Gargiulo is accused of three murders in Southern California between 2001 and 2008. He is charged with the attempted murder of his neighbor, Michelle Murphy, in her home in Santa Monica

Who Is Michael Gargiulo? New Details On The Serial Killer Charged With The 2001 Murder Of Ashton Kutcher's Girlfriend© Provided by NewsCred Who Is Michael Gargiulo? New Details On The Serial Killer Charged With The 2001 Murder Of Ashton Kutcher's Girlfriend

Who is Michael Gargiulo? The accused serial killer has been charged with the murder of no fewer than three women, including 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was romantically linked to a young Ashton Kutcher at the time of her death in 2001.

Gargiulo, now 42, evaded authorities until 2008, when he was arrested for the attempted murder of a fourth woman, his neighbor, Michelle Murphy. After his arrest, Gargiulo was linked to the other murders, and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in 2011.

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The family of Ashton Kutcher ’ s murdered girlfriend is hoping to put years of anguish behind them now As Radar reported, Ashley Ellerin was dating Kutcher at the time of her death back in February 2001 . Alleged serial killer Gargiulo has been charged with three counts of murder and one of

Michael Thomas Gargiulo (born February 15, 1976) is an American alleged serial killer who may Ellerin was dating Ashton Kutcher at the time and they had planned to go to a post-Grammy She was stabbed 17 times. He is charged with the attempted murder of his neighbor, Michelle Murphy

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The case has continued to drag on for years, and Gargiulo made his most recent court appearance last week. According to RadarOnline, Gargiulo was brought into court for a motion hearing on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Criminal Justice Center in Downtown L.A.

The accused murderer reportedly appeared calm during the hearing, where Judge Larry Fidler set another motion hearing for February 2019.

The trial is expected to begin in spring of next year. In the meantime, here's everything you need to know about the alleged serial killer.

1. Ashley Ellerin

Back in 2001, then-23-year-old Ashton Kutcher was the young star of That '70s Show. Long before he eventually went on to marry co-star Mila Kunis, Kutcher made headlines when the 22-year-old fashion student he had been dating was brutally murdered in her home. At the time of her death, Ashley Ellerin was a student at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The night she was murdered, Ellerin was supposed to attend a post-Grammys' party with Kutcher.

The actor told police that when he arrived to pick Ellerin up that night, she didn't answer the door.

Ashley's roommate discovered her body the next day. A police investigation determined she had been stabbed 47 times.

According to the CBS 48 Hours Mystery profile of the case, Ellerin's friends were the first to point detectives toward Gargiulo, a neighbor and repairman who had previously done work on Ellerin's heater. Although friends claimed Gargiulo had displayed suspicious behavior before, showing up at Ellerin's house at odd hours and sitting in his car at the end of her street at night, the case remained cold for years.

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Kutcher arrived around 10:45 that night, but Ashley never answered her door. According to police interviews, before he left, Kutcher looked Besides being an aspiring actor, a boxer and a repairman, Michael Gargiulo was also the prime suspect in the investigation of the murder of Tricia Pacaccio.

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2. Tricia Pacaccio

Ellerin's friends also recall Gargiulo mentioning his involvement in a murder investigation back home in his native Chicago. At the time, Gargiulo was a suspect in the 1993 murder of 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio.

Pacaccio was murdered outside of her home, where her body was discovered by her father the following morning. Like Ellerin, Pacaccio had been brutally stabbed multiple times. Gargiulo, who was a friend of Pacaccio's brother, Doug, became a suspect in the murder after the victim's parents noticed some odd behavior from Gargiulo, who began giving the family gifts.

However, Gargiulo deftly deflected police attention toward another suspect, friend Eric Agazim. Police were ultimately unable to assemble any significant evidence against either Agazim or Gargiulo, and Pacaccio's case eventually went cold.

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The accused killer of Ashley Ellerin, Ashton Kutcher ' s casual girlfriend ' New details related to the 2001 murder of Ashton Kutcher ’ s girlfriend Ashley Ellerin. In the following months, police zeroed in on neighbor Michael T. Gargiulo , who Ashley met when he was repairing a tire for a friend a while

The friendly stranger, Michael Gargiulo , paid special attention to blond beauty and part-time Las Vegas During a 10-day hearing in June, the alleged serial killer , now gaunt and wiry, incessantly He was later charged with the murders of Ellerin and Bruno. Diane Pacaccio has pure contempt for

3. Maria Bruno

In 2005, yet another one of Gargiulo's neighbors met a brutal end.

32-year-old Maria Bruno, who had recently separated from her husband, had only been living in her El Monte apartment for ten days before she met her demise. Bruno was brutally stabbed in her bed by an intruder.

"It was unlike any other scene, actually, I had ever seen," Detective Mark Lillienfeld told 48 Hours back in 2011. "The violence that was visited upon her was phenomenal. After she was dead her body was somewhat mutilated. And you just, you know, that's — that's crap you see in the movies. In real life that is very rare. It just doesn't happen."

Once again, the case had few clear leads.

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4. Attempted murder and arrest

Gargiulo, who had effectively avoided authorities for years, was finally arrested in 2008 for the attempted murder of his Santa Monica neighbor, Michelle Murphy.

The victim, who was stabbed multiple times, survived and was able to fight the assailant off. The attacker left blood behind when he fled the crime scene, which DNA tests later matched to Gargiulo.

The suspect was arrested and charged with the attempted murder in Santa Monica. Within months, he was also indicted on two additional charges for the murders of Ellerin and Bruno. In 2011, he was finally charged with Pacaccio's murder as well.

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The woman is pictured kissing Michael Gargiulo , who is charged with the knife murders of three women, including a former girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher . Do you know her? Police seek woman cuddling up to ' serial killer ' charged with the 2001 murder of Ashton Kutcher ' s girlfriend .

Gargiulo , a former bouncer and HVAC repairman, has also been charged with a murder in Illinois. (One of Gargiulo ’ s alleged murder victims, 23-year-old Ashley Ellerin was found stabbed to death by her roommate in her Hollywood bungalow on the morning of February 22, 2001 . The night before, she

5. Mystery woman

Since Gargiulo's arrest, detectives have been trying to identify a woman pictured with the accused serial killer in photos discovered on his hard drive in 2008. Detectives believe the pictures were taken in California between 2000 and 2003.

6. He maintains his innocence

"My truth is being 100 percent innocent, being wrongfully charged," Gargiulo told 48 Hours back in 2011. In an interview with Radar last year Gargiulo's lawyer said, “He’s changed lawyers a lot, but I’m not going to get into why. I’ve been on the case for about a year. We are moving as quickly as possible, but we have 36,000 pages of discoveries, and that doesn’t include photos and audio tapes.”

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7. Kutcher could testify

It's been rumored for some time that Kutcher could testify against his former girlfriend's killer. Radar reported that Kutcher could appear at the trial back in 2015. Gargiulo is still awaiting a capital trial, which is now set to begin in spring 2019.

Kayla Kibbe is a writer wrapping up her final semester at Connecticut College where she is an English major with a concentration in creative writing. She covers trending celebrity and entertainment news, love and relationships, and astrology.

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