This article discusses the Peacock docuseries The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise and will include the premise, release date
Peacock is definitely a dark horse in the streaming market, but they still have a long way until they catch up with the others. Regardless, this true crime series will definitely intrigue fans. It’s such a strong market that Peacock does right to commission it. Here’s everything we know about The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise.
Peacock Docuseries The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise premise
Courtesy of Peacock — a four-part docuseries premiering August 2 on Peacock, offers a new, in-depth peek inside the minds of notorious serial killing cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who allegedly impersonated off-duty police officers to lure unsuspecting victims to their deaths before leaving their bodies to be found on the hillsides of East Los Angeles during the 1970s.
In 1979, in Bellingham, Washington, at the time of his arrest for the murders of two local women, Bianchi was not a suspect in the hillside killings. However, due to similarities in both the Washington and California murders, not to mention Bianchi recent departure from Los Angles, investigators began to consider his connection to the cases. When questioned, Bianchi flip-flopped back and forth, alternately denying and confessing to multiple killings in the LA and Washington areas. During his confessions, Bianchi purported to have a split personality and claimed some of the killings were committed by an alter-ego. Bianchi also began implicating his cousin Angelo Buono as a second suspect in the LA killings. He later convinced an innocent woman to attempt murder on his behalf in an effort to create an alibi.
The series raises new questions about the psychology of Kenneth Bianchi, was he a cold-blooded killer who conned those in his orbit or a madman coerced into a confession? Or is it possible, as Bianchi has claimed in recent years, that the truth may be even more complex? The series takes a deep dive into Bianchi’s psychological analysis tapes and features audio recordings from the months following his arrest, leading up to his conviction. This four-part series features new and exclusive interviews with those close to the case, including Bianchi’s former girlfriend at the time of the Los Angeles killings, Sheryl Kellison.
Our opinion on the premise
This is a classical serial killer story that will have true crime fans licking their lives. Looking into the psyche of a serial killer during a time when police authorities had less technology is always insightful and eye-opening. We expect this four-part docuseries to be worth our time, hopefully.
The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise release date
The docuseries will premiere on the streaming service on August 2, 2022.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, there is — here you go:
Our opinion on the trailer:
The trailer offers no surprises with the true-crime vibe shining through. While we don’t expect this series to be a groundbreaking piece of work, it will still please the true-crime fans.
The people behind the series
Director: Alexa Danner
Executive Producer: Alexa Danner, Elizabeth Fischer, Andy Berg, Liz Cole, Chris George, Joseph Rodota
Supervising Producer: Azriel Relph
Producer: Betsy Shuller
Format: 4 x 60min Episodes
We believe this will be worth the time of true crime enthusiasts. Peacock has done little promotion, but it might gather interest once released.
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