In the late 1970s, Los Angeles was a hotbed for serial killers.

Randy Kraft roamed Southern California's seemingly endless network of highways, murdering young men. William Bonin, the “Freeway Killer,” prowled the streets in a beat-up van, killing at least 21 boys and young men.

Scene near 2006 N. Alvarado Street in Silver Lake where Kimberly Diane Martin's body was found
Scene near 2006 N. Alvarado Street in Silver Lake where Kimberly Diane Martin's body was found. In the background on the boom shows the photographer from the Coroner's Office photographing the body.

For four months, starting in October 1977, the residents of South California were gripped in terror, haunted by a monster who strangled and raped women as young as 12, and scattered their naked dead bodies around hillsides.

Police attend the crime scene of the Hillside Strangler
2006 N. Alvarado in Silver Lake, where Kimberly Diane Martin’s body was found. The covered body can be seen in the center of the photo, with police personnel and residents of the area in the background.

Following the murders of three sex workers, the Hillside Strangler began abducting young women regardless of race or background, before ultimately disappearing without a trace.

Body of Kimberly Diane Martin is being loaded into the van by the coroner’s office
Body of Kimberly Diane Martin is being loaded into the van by the coroner’s office.

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