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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.
The Police Department reached out to the public in an effort to identify the subjects of the photographs, and to determine if they might be unconfirmed victims of Alcala’s murder spree.
In September 2016, the state of Wyoming filed murder charges against Alcala based upon an identification made from one of these photos.
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…
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.
Born in Texas in 1943, Rodney Alcala relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 12.
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 a morbidly appropriate twist of fate, he studied film under Roman Polanski at NYU, where he discovered his passion for fashion photography.
After film school, he moved on to New Hampshire and took the creepiest job imaginable for a man with his proclivities: girls’ camp counselor.