On this day, Feb. 22, in 2001, a 22-year-old girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher was found fatally stabbed at her Hollywood Hills home.
Kutcher, then 23, told police that he went to Ashley Ellerin's home the night before and knocked on her door, but no one answered. He peeked through the window and saw what he thought was spilled red wine on the floor. He then left.
Ellerin was found dead by her roommate early the next morning. She had been stabbed dozens of times, and her head had been nearly severed from her body.
In 2008, police said they matched DNA from the crime scene to Michael Gargiulo after he was arrested in a knife attack of a woman in Santa Monica, Calif.
Gargiulo, an air-conditioning repairman and aspiring actor, has been charged in two more murders. He has been dubbed the "Hollywood Ripper."
- Scott McCabe