Ashton Kutcher to testify in a Serial Killer Case (and no, CharlieSheen is not involved)
Hollywood celebrities are notorious for their involvement in a wide variety of crimes, large andsmall, ranging from shoplifting (Winona Ryder) to murder (Phil Spector). And yet despite thetown’s obsession with serial killers, it is a rare instance for an actor to be involved in a caseinvolving a string of homicides. It wouldn’t surprise most people if a major celebrity were accusedof murdering a number of people - one suspects that even Dakota Fanning probably has a series of assistants and publicists buried in her backyard - but Hollywood stars and serial killers rarely mixoutside of the occasional Anthony Hopkins film. However, an upcoming trial involving an accused serial killer involves one of Hollywood’s mostfamous names: Ashton Kutcher. The current star of “Two and a Half Men,” compulsive Twittererand trophy husband of Demi Moore may be called to testify at the trial of Michael Gargiulo, an airconditioning repairman accused of murdering possibly ten young women over the past decade,including Ashley Ellerin, who was dating Kutcher at the time of her murder in 2001.At the time of Ellerin’s murder, Kutcher’s girlfriend was a student, aspiring actress and part-timestripper, the de rigueur career choice for a twenty-two year old living in Hollywood. Kutcher did notrealize that he stumbled on the murder scene when he came to her house to pick her up for aGrammy Awards party after standing her up for a dinner date. When she did not answer the door,Kutcher looked in the window, saw blood stains which he mistook as red wine, and assumed thatshe had spilled it in a rage over Kutcher missing their date. Ellerin had in fact been stabbed thirty-five times and her lifeless body was just outside the view of the window.It is somewhat surprising that the murder of Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend never became nationalnews, despite the sensational link to a Hollywood celebrity. Although Kutcher may not have beenimplicated at all in the crime, even though the first suspect police consider when a person ismurdered is usually the spouse or significant other, the mere Hollywood connection seemssufficient to distinguish it from other murders. At the time Kutcher was starring in “That ‘70sShow” on television and had leading roles in several dubious film successes such as “Dude, Where’sMy Car?” Yet it took until the arrest of Michael Gargiulo for Kutcher’s involvement in the case togain significant media attention.DNA evidence linked Gargiulo to several murders in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas, and hisDNA was found at up to ten crime scenes, although Gargiulo denies this large number of murders.He was arrested in 2008 for breaking into the home of a Santa Monica woman and stabbing her.Since that arrest, Gargiulo was linked to the murder of Ashley Ellerin.