Diane Pacaccio has pure contempt for the Cook County state's attorneys, who have failed to act, even though the human detritus found on her dead daughter's fingernails has been linked via DNA tests to Gargiulo.
"Their job was handed to them when they found out it was his DNA," she says. "After years it was finally handed to them, and they didn't do anything about it. They should be ashamed of themselves. There was no way in high hell that the DNA should have been on my daughter."
Reflecting on all that has happened, Diane Pacaccio says, "I don't know why [the State's Attorney's Office] didn't put him in jail. ... I just don't understand it." Even now, so many years after losing her daughter, "I can barely leave the house. I can't get over it. I don't want them to think they are leaving my daughter's case as an open case."
For this mother, the case that will one day unfold in a Los Angeles courtroom 2,000 miles from Cook County is already closed. "If it wasn't for Tricia, he wouldn't be in jail today," Pacaccio says.
Of those who died after Gargiulo slipped in among the beautiful young people of Los Angeles 10 years ago, she can only say, "These girls could have been alive."