Serial killer from 1970 dating show
Within two months, another encounter with an underage girl sent him back to jail, where he served a two year stint before being released again.Coincidentally, after he regained his freedom, police questioned him and ruled him out as another infamous serial killer, the Hillside Strangler.Alcala went back to trial, charged not only with the murder of Samsoe, but the murders of Georgia Wixted in 1977, Jill Barcomb in 1977, Charlotte Lamb in 1978, and Jill Parenteau in 1979.Since then,he has also been convicted of two murders in New York — one committed while he was there with his probation officer’s permission.The discovery of Samsoe’s earrings in the locker, along with jewelry belonging to other missing women, led to Alcala’s arrest.Though he was convicted of Samsoe’s murder and sentenced to death, another lucky break came Alcala’s way when his conviction was overturned by the California Supreme Court’s ruling that jurors should not have been informed of his prior crimes during his trial.Cheryl Bradshaw thought she found her dream date when she chose Bachelor #1, Rodney Alcala, on the popular 1970s show THE DATING GAME.Introduced by the host as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed,” Alcala cooed from behind the partition: “We’re gonna have a great time together, Cheryl.” Alcala won Bradshaw over with pick-up lines like “Nighttime’s the best time…when things really get going,” and “I’m called ‘The Banana’ and I look really good…
In September 2016, the state of Wyoming filed murder charges against Alcala based upon an identification made from one of these photos.
Even now, more than 35 years since he went to prison, Alcala’s reign of terror still casts a dark shadow: In 2010, the Huntington Beach Police Department released a series of photographs discovered among Alcala’s belongings in his Seattle storage locker.
The collection includes 120 portraits of unknown women and men taken by Alcala — only a fraction of the photographs the police discovered, as most were deemed too sexually explicit to release.
Alcala made his way back to California and made his infamous appearance on THE DATING GAME in 1978.
Between his appearance on the show and his arrest the next year, he killed at least three more women.
In 1977, he talked his probation officer into letting him travel to New York, despite being a sex offender and a flight risk.