Dating game serial killer
His mother moved him and his sisters to Los Angeles when he was 12 after being abandoned by Buquor. Alcala then studied at and graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts.He later studied film at New York University under the tutelage of Roman Polanski.
With a warrant out for his arrest, he fled to the east coast and assumed a fake name.He studied fine art at UCLA after being discharged from the Army for a personality disorder.The year of his graduation, 1968, was also the year of his first known act of sexual violence — the brutal rape and beating of 8-year-old Tali Shapiro.Alcala was found guilty in 2010 of killing four women and a 12-year-old girl in Southern California in the 1970s.While pursuing an appeal in California, Alcala also indicted in the killings of two women in New York City in the 1970s, to which he pleaded guilty.Alcala is a former photographer and a one-time dating-show contestant, sometimes known as the “Dating Game Killer,” who has been behind bars since 1979.
“48 Hours” investigated the murders in the episode, “The Killing Game.”But authorities have continued to voice concerns that Alcala may have killed others.
Peel me.” Despite giving him the win, Bradshaw never ended up going on the date with Alcala, turning him down after filming because she thought he was “creepy.” Years later, Bradshaw found out how right she was… The man she chose was actually a murderer in the midst of an almost decade long spree, and she played a part in the creation of his serial killer moniker: “The Dating Game Killer.” Despite being his morbid calling card, winning THE DATING GAME wasn’t the first and only time Rodney Alcala got lucky; his history of slipping through the cracks of the legal system kept him cruising the streets for years before police put him away for good.
Born in Texas in 1943, Rodney Alcala relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 12.
Following his 2010 conviction, Huntington Beach Police investigators publicly released a series of photographs of women that was found in Alcala’s Seattle storage locker in 1979, in the hopes of identifying other potential victims.
According to Sweetwater County officials, a relative of Thornton who had been searching for her since her 1977 disappearance was looking through those photographs in 2013 when they recognized the young woman.
But unbeknownst to her and the audience, the charming man would start a rape, mutilation and killing spree, lasting eight long years.