Season 27, Episode 26 Snapped Notorious: Hollywood Ripper
The Crimes Of ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Michael Gargiulo
He was known by many names, including “The Chiller Killer,” “The Boy Next Door Killer” and “The Hollywood Ripper.” Police, however, suspected his identity years before he was finally brought to justice. His name is Michael Thomas Gargiulo, and he viciously murdered two women, tried to kill a third and is suspected of killing a fourth between 1993 and 2008.
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The Gruesome ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Case
Ashley Ellerin, a 22-year-old fashion student pursuing her dreams in Los Angeles, had her life cut short when Michael Thomas Gargiulo, a man who would go on to kill again, brutally murdered her in her apartment one fateful night in 2001. The scene the killer — the “Hollywood Ripper” — left behind would was described by one detective as particularly “gruesome.”
Det. Tom Small Talks ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Case
Retired Los Angeles Police Department detective Tom Small sits down with the former prosecutor and investigator Beth Karas, the host of “Snapped: Notorious Hollywood Ripper,” to discuss the case of Michael Gargiulo. Gargiulo was convicted of killing two women, attempting to kill another and is suspected of killing a fourth.
The Ashley Ellerin Case
Retired Los Angeles Police Department detective Tom Small meets with the former prosecutor and investigator Beth Karas, the host of “Snapped: Notorious Hollywood Ripper,” to discuss the case of Michael Gargiulo. Small says he lives with the case to this day and that he still keeps in touch with the family of Ashley Ellerin, who was killed by Gargiulo in 2001.
The Similarities Between The ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Murders
Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist, discusses Michael Gargiulo and the “Hollywood Ripper” attacks. “The commonality between these four crimes comes down to some sort of signature characteristics we see across them. Utmost is the boldness of them,” Dr. Durvasula said.