The first body discovered on a California hillside in late 1977 didn't make much news, but as the body count kept growing, so did the headlines -- and the sense of panic. The slayings -- soon dubbed by the media as the work of the "Hillside Strangler" -- had Los Angeles-area women on edge day and night. It wouldn't be until a pair of similar murders occurred in Washington state that LA police would finally get a big break in the terrifying case.
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