Dating game contestant killed
His father, Raoul Alcala Buquor, abandoned the family when he was young. In 1968, he graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and later studied film under Roman Polanski (whose wife would later become a victim of the Manson Family) at the New York University under the name "John Berger".
When he was 12, he, his mother Anna Maria Gutierrez, and his sisters, Christine and Marie, had moved to suburban Los Angeles. In the summer, he worked as a counselor at a drama camp for children in New Hampshire.
Then, he’d arrange his victim’s body into an erotic pose, and take photos.
After nearly two decades of sexual assaults and murder, Rodney Alcala applied to appear on the telly show, the Dating Game.
On the show, the host introduced Rodney as ‘a successful ph0tographer…but between breaks you might find him skydiving or motorcycling.’ During filming, Rodney turned on the charm. Two weeks later, her decomposing body was found in the hills around LA.
And at the end of the show, he won a date at an amusement park with contestant Cheryl Bradshaw. But Robin’s friends had seen her chatting with Rodney.
It’s hard to imagine why a man like him would want to be in the spotlight.
Perhaps he got a thrill from lying and deceiving the public, or from pretending to be someone he wasn’t… A year on, in 1979, Rodney met 12-year-old Robin Samsoe on a beach near his California home.
They reported Alcala to the authorities, leading to him being extradited to California.Alcala's first known victim was an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, whom he abducted as she was on her way to school.After he lured her into his car, a witness followed him back to his apartment on De Longpre Avenue and called the police.900 more photos were too explicit for public consumption.Eventually, Rodney would be convicted of five murders. His killing method would also seem cruel in the extreme. Or he’d strangle them almost to death, only to revive them and start strangling them once more.
Though Alcala won the contest, the female contestant wouldn't go on a date with him because she thought he was "creepy".