Serial Killer Rodney James Alcala on the Dating Game | Daily Mail Online
One of the most prolific serial killers in American history was once a contestant on a dating game show. Rodney James Alcala is an American convicted rapist and serial killer. He was sentenced to . In , Alcala was a contestant on the ABC game show The Dating Game. Host Jim Lange introduced him as a "successful photographer who got. Flashback: Serial Killer Appears on 'The Dating Game' Mid-Spree . But in , two years before the murder conviction, there he was.
The serial killer that won a TV dating show during his murder spree
The psychology of someone who takes time during a prolific murder spree to appear on a frothy television dating show is too complex to enter into here, but the actual footage from the show is surreal, if only in hindsight.
Convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala right.
This otherwise chirpy description of Alcala takes on darker implications when considering that at the time of his murder arrest, just a year after his TV appearance, detectives uncovered just over a thousand photographs Alcala had taken of various men, women and children.
The subjects were always naked; the majority of the photos were sexually explicit. Inboth the New York and Huntington Beach police departments released a cache of of these photos to the public, in the hopes of identifying any of the people featured.
Around of the pictures were not made public as they were either too explicit or involved child pornography.
Rodney Alcala talks with his investigator, Alfredo Rasch. AP Within weeks, 21 women came forward as the subject of photographs; more tragically, six missing persons were also identified during this early stage. Despite this, none of the photographs were definitively linked to any murders untilwhen the family of Christine Thornton — whose body was found in — recognised her photo among the chilling collection. Watch the footage of Ms Bradshaw.
It takes on a B grade movie quality when armed with the knowledge that Alcala was in the middle of a killing spree. Alcala was sentenced to death in for five murders. Since then he has been charged with two further murders, and implicated in two others. Host Jim Lange introduced him as a "successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.
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Between takes you might find him skydiving or motorcycling. They think that something is wrong with that girl: She played hard to get. Her decomposing body was found 12 days later in the Los Angeles foothills.
Detectives circulated a sketch of the photographer, and Alcala's parole officer recognized him. In he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for Samsoe's murder, but the verdict was overturned by the California Supreme Court because jurors had been improperly informed of his prior sex crimes.
A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel nullified the second conviction, in part because a witness was not allowed to support Alcala's contention that the park ranger who found Samsoe's body had been "hypnotized by police investigators".
Jill Barcomb, 18, a New York runaway found "rolled up like a ball" in a Los Angeles ravine in and originally thought to have been a victim of the Hillside Strangler; Georgia Wixted, 27, bludgeoned in her Malibu apartment in ; Charlotte Lamb, 31, raped, strangled, and left in the laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex in ; and Jill Parenteau, 21, killed in her Burbank apartment in He also filed two lawsuits against the California penal system, for a slip-and-fall incident and for refusing to provide him a low-fat diet.Rodney Alcala, "The Dating Game Killer" : Serial Killer Documentary
Alcala's attorneys contested it; as one of them explained, "If you're a juror and you hear one murder case, you may be able to have reasonable doubt. But it's very hard to say you have reasonable doubt on all five, especially when four of the five aren't alleged by eyewitnesses but are proven by DNA matches.
Rodney Alcala: The true story of a dating game serial killer
For the third trial Alcala elected to act as his own attorney. Alcala" in a deeper-than-normal voiceand then answering them. A surprise witness during the penalty phase of the trial was Tali Shapiro, Alcala's first known victim.
Alcala rented the Seattle-area storage locker in which investigators later found jewelry belonging to two of his California victims, in