Dating game contestant killed
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.
In addition to the seven murders for which he has been convicted, he is suspected of many more.
He remains a “person of interest” in a number of murder cases in California and Washington.
Just like he did to Cheryl Bradshaw on THE DATING GAME, he pulled his victims in with smooth talk about his successful photography career; he got them alone and comfortable by offering to take their portraits.
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.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.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.