'Dating Game' killer Rodney Alcala dead in jail at 77

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A serial killer on death row in California died of natural causes at the age of 77 in the early hours of Saturday morning, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced. 

Rodney James Alcala, who was known as "The Dating Game Killer" after appearing on the television show "The Dating Game" in 1978, has been suspected or linked to dozens of murders in California, Washington, New York, New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Arizona.

He was originally arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in 1979. The California Supreme Court reversed that sentence in 1984, but Alcala was sentenced to death again in 1986 after a second trial. Then in 2003, a federal appeals court overturned his sentence again, giving him another trial. 

By this time, Alcala's DNA was matched to the murders of four other women and he was convicted on five counts of first-degree murder in 2010. 

"You’re talking about a guy who is hunting through Southern California looking for people to kill because he enjoys it," Matt Murphy, the prosecutor in the case, said at trial. 

Alcala also pleaded guilty in 2013 to murdering two women in New York in the 1970s, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

Wyoming prosecutors also charged Alcala in 2016 in the 1978 murder of 28-year-old Christine Ruth Thornton, who was six months pregnant at the time. 

Alcala is suspected in up to 130 murders. 

There are more than 700 men and women on California's death row, but the state hasn't executed anyone since 2006 and California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a moratorium on the punishment. 

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Condemned Inmate Rodney Alcala Dies of Natural Causes - News Releases

CDCR 24 July, 2021 - 11:00pm

CORCORAN – Condemned inmate Rodney James Alcala, 77, who was on California’s death row from Orange County, died of natural causes at 1:43 a.m. on July 24, 2021 at a hospital in the community.

Alcala was sentenced to death in Orange County in 1980 for the 1979 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. That judgment was reversed in 1984 by the California Supreme Court and Alcala was granted a new trial.

In 1986, Alcala was sentenced to death a second time for Samsoe’s murder; however, a federal appeals court in 2003 overturned the sentence and Alcala was given a new trial. His DNA matched evidence in other murders and Orange County prosecutors indicted Alcala for the murders of four other women.

In 2010, an Orange County jury convicted Alcala of five counts of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to death for the killing of Samsoe as well as the 1977 deaths of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb and 27-year-old Georgia Wixted; the 1978 death of 32-year-old Charlotte Lamb, and the 1979 death of 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.

Alcala was known as the “Dating Game Killer” because he was a contestant on the television show “The Dating Game” in 1978.

In 2012, Alcala was extradited to New York after he was indicted for the 1971 murder of Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 murder of Ellen Jane Hover. He pleaded guilty and in 2013 was sentenced in New York to 25 years to life.

In 2016, prosecutors in Wyoming charged Alcala with the murder of Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, who disappeared in 1978 and whose body was found in 1982. She was six months pregnant.

Investigators have either suspected Alcala of or linked him to other murders in Los Angeles and Marin County in California; Seattle, Washington; New York; New Hampshire and Arizona.

There are currently 700 people on California’s death row. More information about capital punishment in California can be found here: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/capital-punishment/.

Contact: CDCR (916) 445-4950 or opec@cdcr.ca.gov

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Imprisoned 'Dating Game Killer' Alcala dies in California

Yahoo News 24 July, 2021 - 11:00pm

He died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, California, prison officials said in a statement.

Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five slayings in California between 1977 and 1979, including that of a 12-year-old girl, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.

Alcala received an additional 25 years to life in 2013 after pleading guilty to two homicides in New York.

He was charged again in 2016 after DNA evidence connected him to the 1977 death of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in a remote area of southwest Wyoming. But a prosecutor said Alcala was too ill to face trial in the death of the woman, who was six months pregnant when she died.

California’s death row is in San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco, but for years Alcala had been housed more than 200 miles away at a prison in Corcoran where he could receive medical care around the clock.

Prosecutors said Alcala stalked women like prey and took earrings as trophies from some of his victims.

“You’re talking about a guy who is hunting through Southern California looking for people to kill because he enjoys it,” Orange County, California, prosecutor Matt Murphy said during his trial.

Investigators say his true victim count may never be known.

Earrings helped put him on death row, though Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium on executions so long as he is governor.

The mother of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe testified at his murder trial that a pair of gold ball earrings found in a jewelry pouch in Alcala’s storage locker belonged to her daughter.

But Alcala claimed that the earrings were his and that a video clip from his 1978 appearance on “The Dating Game” shows him wearing the studs nearly a year before Samsoe died. He denied the slayings and cited inconsistencies in witness’ accounts and descriptions.

California prosecutors said Alcala also took earrings from at least two of his adult victims as trophies.

Two of the four women were posed nude after their deaths, one was raped with a claw hammer and all were repeatedly strangled and resuscitated to prolong their agony, prosecutors said.

Investigators said one victim’s DNA was found on a rose-shaped earring in Alcala’s possession, and his DNA was found in her body.

He had been sentenced to death twice before in Samsoe’s murder, but both convictions were overturned. He was charged in the slayings of the four adult women more than two decades later based on new DNA and other forensic evidence.

After the verdict, authorities released more than 100 photos of young women and girls found in Alcala’s possession in hopes of linking him to other unsolved murders around the country.

“There is murder and rape and then there is the unequivocal carnage of a Rodney Alcala-style murder,” Bruce Barcomb, the brother of 18-year-old victim Jill Barcomb, said as Alcala was sentenced to death.

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'Dating Game Killer' Rodney Alcala dies at 77

NBC News 24 July, 2021 - 11:00pm

Alcala, 77, was condemned to death row for murdering five people, including 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in 1979.

He died at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at a hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

He was twice granted a new trial in the Orange County kidnapping and killing of Samsoe but was convicted of her murder, as well as that of four women, by an Orange County jury in 2010. He was sentenced to death.

His other cases include the 1977 deaths of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb and 27-year-old Georgia Wixted; the 1978 death of 32-year-old Charlotte Lamb, and the 1979 death of 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.

In 2013 he was also sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 1970s murders of two young women in New York: Cornelia Crilley, in 1971, and Ellen Jane Hover, in 1977.

Alcala was also charged in the 1978 murder of 28-year-old Christine Ruth Thornton in Wyoming.

Investigators suspect Alcala of other killings in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, New Hampshire and Arizona.

In 2010 authorities released photos of women and girls seized from Alcala and asked the public to identify any possible missing people or further victims. Police at the time said they were overwhelmed with tips.

Investigators said Alcala used his camera to lure his victims.

Imprisoned ‘Dating Game Killer,’ who took victims’ earrings as trophies, dies in California

Honolulu Star-Advertiser 24 July, 2021 - 11:00pm

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An unemployed freelance photographer Rodney James Alcala, 35, has been arrested by the Huntington Beach police for investigation of the murder of a 12-year-old girl on Tuesday, July 24, at his parent’s home in Monterey Park, California. Alcala was booked in connection with the killing of Robin Christine Samsoe. Alcala, a prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” has died while awaiting execution in California. Rodney James Alcala was 77. He died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, Calif., prison officials said in a statement. Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five slayings in California between 1977 and 1979, including that of a 12-year-old girl, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.

DAVID HANDSCHUH/POOL VIA AP / 2013

Convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala appears in court in New York. Alcala was sentenced to an additional 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering two young women here in the 1970s. Alcala, a prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” has died while awaiting execution in California. Rodney James Alcala was 77. He died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, Calif., prison officials said in a statement. Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five slayings in California between 1977 and 1979, including that of a 12-year-old girl, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.

Rodney Alcala, a former death row inmate who was twice convicted of the 1979 killing of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl, sitting in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Calif. Alcala, a prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” has died while awaiting execution in California.

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. >> A prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” died today while awaiting execution in California, authorities said. Rodney James Alcala was 77.

He died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, California, prison officials said in a statement.

Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five slayings in California between 1977 and 1979, including that of a 12-year-old girl, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.

Alcala received an additional 25 years to life in 2013 after pleading guilty to two homicides in New York.

He was charged again in 2016 after DNA evidence connected him to the 1977 death of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in a remote area of southwest Wyoming. But a prosecutor said Alcala was too ill to face trial in the death of the woman, who was six months pregnant when she died.

California’s death row is in San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco, but for years Alcala had been housed more than 200 miles away at a prison in Corcoran where he could receive medical care around the clock.

Prosecutors said Alcala stalked women like prey and took earrings as trophies from some of his victims.

“You’re talking about a guy who is hunting through Southern California looking for people to kill because he enjoys it,” Orange County, California, prosecutor Matt Murphy said during his trial.

Investigators say his true victim count may never be known.

Earrings helped put him on death row, though Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium on executions so long as he is governor.

The mother of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe testified at his murder trial that a pair of gold ball earrings found in a jewelry pouch in Alcala’s storage locker belonged to her daughter.

But Alcala claimed that the earrings were his and that a video clip from his 1978 appearance on “The Dating Game” shows him wearing the studs nearly a year before Samsoe died. He denied the slayings and cited inconsistencies in witness’ accounts and descriptions.

California prosecutors said Alcala also took earrings from at least two of his adult victims as trophies.

Two of the four women were posed nude after their deaths, one was raped with a claw hammer and all were repeatedly strangled and resuscitated to prolong their agony, prosecutors said.

Investigators said one victim’s DNA was found on a rose-shaped earring in Alcala’s possession, and his DNA was found in her body.

He had been sentenced to death twice before in Samsoe’s murder, but both convictions were overturned. He was charged in the slayings of the four adult women more than two decades later based on new DNA and other forensic evidence.

After the verdict, authorities released more than 100 photos of young women and girls found in Alcala’s possession in hopes of linking him to other unsolved murders around the country.

“There is murder and rape and then there is the unequivocal carnage of a Rodney Alcala-style murder,” Bruce Barcomb, the brother of 18-year-old victim Jill Barcomb, said as Alcala was sentenced to death.

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Convicted serial killer 'Dating Game Killer' Rodney Alcala died of natural causes at 77

Daily Mail 24 July, 2021 - 11:00pm

By Adriana Diaz For Dailymail.Com

The 'Dating Game Killer' Rodney Alcala, 77, died on Saturday of natural causes while awaiting a death sentence in a California prison. Pictured on his death bed

Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, 77, died of natural causes in a California hospital on Saturday at 1:43 am, according to California prison officials. 

He was awaiting a death sentence at Corcoran State Prison. 

Alcala was convicted of killing seven women in the 1970s, with five murders in California and two in New York. His youngest murder victim was just 12-years-old, whom he abducted as she made her way to ballet practice in Los Angeles in 1979.

He later earned the moniker ‘the Dating Game Killer’, and was known for biting his dead victims' naked bodies before photographing them in sexually explicit poses. 

He has been linked to over 130 women and children’s deaths, although his exact number of victims remains unknown.

Alcala appeared as Bachelor Number One on the show winning the affections of bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw

Alcala pictured during his third trial in the early 2000s, after appealing his murder charge in the death of a 12-year-old girl

Alcala’s first known committed crime occurred in 1968, when an eye-witness called police after seeing him lure an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro into his Hollywood apartment.

When police arrived, they found Talia alive but she had been raped and brutally beaten with a steel bar and was laying in a pool of her own blood.

Alcala had fled the scene and later left the state, enrolling in NYU to study film under Roman Polanski, under the pseudonym ‘John Berger’.

In June 1971, 23-year-old TWA flight attendant Cornelia Michel Crilley was found raped and strangled in her Manhattan apartment. Her death would go unsolved until 2011 when DNA evidence linked Alcala to the killing.

In the meantime, Alcala was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list that same year. He was arrested within months after children at a New Hampshire arts camp where he was working as a counselor recognized his image on a wanted poster.

He was extradited back to California to face trial for attempted murder, but Shapiro’s parents refused to let the girl testify at trial and he later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault, securing parole after just 17 months in 1974.

During the episode, Bradshaw had asked questions such as, ‘What’s your best time?’ and ‘I’m serving you for dinner. What are you called and what do you look like?’ Alcala responded to the last question by replying, ‘I’m called the banana and I look good'

Bradshaw ended up choosing Alcala at the end of the show, but she later backed out of their scheduled date - tennis lessons and a trip to Magic Mountain – because she got an uneasy feeling from him

Billing himself as a professional fashion photographer, Alcala, who is said to have an IQ above 160, convinced hundreds of young men and women to pose naked for him for his ‘portfolio’.

He would also often lure in his murder victims the same way, before strangling them until they passed out. When they'd reawaken, he'd begin torturing them by raping and beating them within an inch of their lives.

Alcala would then kill them, often by strangulation, then rearrange their limbs into explicit positions and photograph their naked bodies.

He was eventually detained for the final time in 1979, after murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.  

Alcala reportedly encountered blonde-haired Samsoe on the beach in Los Angeles with her friend Bridget Wilvurt and approached them.

Bridget later explained: ‘He honed in on us, like a shark in the water... and he goes, “Can I take your girls' pictures?” … And Robin goes, “Sure.”'

Alcala later left the girls alone but Robin later rode off on her bike to a ballet studio where she was due for practice.

She never turned up and no one ever saw her alive again.  

Samsoe was on her way to ballet class when she was abducted  

Georgia Wixted, 27, was a registered nurse whose bruised and battered body was found on the floor of her Malibu studio apartment near her brass bed on December 16, 1977

The American serial killer is believed to be connected to crimes in New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Wyoming 

Alcala compiled a collection of more than 1,000 photographs of women and teenage girls and boys, many in sexually explicit poses. 

As part of their probe, investigators found hundreds of pictures of young boys and girls in a Seattle storage locker rented by Alcala.

Some were released by the Huntington Beach Police Department in 2010 amid fears those depicted may have been additional cold case victims from unsolved disappearances or murders.

Among the photographs were also a series of trophies from some of his victims, such as jewelry, including a pair of gold earrings that matched the description of those worn by Robin on the day she disappeared.

Four years after he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, he appealed his case and won a new trial. He was later tried and convicted again, receiving the death sentence for a second time.

He launched a second successful appeal in 2001 and went for trial a third time.

When prosecutor Matt Murphy took up the case in 2003, he reexamined the evidence found at Alcala’s storage locker for DNA.

Alcala was incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison as his execution was  postponed indefinitely because of a moratorium on the death penalty instituted by California State in 2019

Police believe he could be connected up to 130 killings of women and children but the exact number of his victims is not known

 Some of the DNA unearthed matched that of four other woman who were either found dead or disappeared during the 1970s, confirming Alcala to be a serial killer.  

One of the victims was 19-year-old Jill Barcomb, whose body was found at the side of a road in Los Angeles in 1977, having had her face mutilated and with ligatures around her neck.

Alcala was also found to have murdered 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted who was found naked an brutalized in Malibu in 1977; Charlotte Lamb, whose body was found strangled and raped in an apartment complex miles away from her home in June 1978; and Jill Parenteau, a 21-year-old college student who was found raped and murdered in her bedroom in June 1979.

Alcala was convicted of those women’s murders in 2010, then 66, and sentenced to death.

He later pleaded guilty to two more murders in New York City in 1977 and 1978, and then later charged in 2016 with the murder of Christine Thornton in the summer of 1977. He denies murdering Thornton. 

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Death row inmate known as the Dating Game Killer dies in California hospital

San Francisco Chronicle 24 July, 2021 - 06:22pm

A condemned death row inmate known as the Dating Game Killer who was convicted of five murders — including that of a 12-year-old girl — died early Saturday in a hospital near Corcoran State Prison, south of Fresno, authorities said.

Rodney James Alcala, 77, died of undisclosed “natural causes,” according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Alcala was convicted in 2010 of five counts of murder and sentenced to death for a series of killings in the late 1970s in Southern California. His victims included a 27-year-old nurse, a 21-year-old key punch operator, a 32-year-old legal secretary and an 18-year-old runaway. DNA evidence linking Alcala to the victims played a key role in the convictions.

For one of those killings — the 1979 murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, as aspiring ballerina — he was convicted three times and sentenced to death each time, as the first two judgments were overturned. In 2013, he was convicted in the murder of two additional women in New York, also in the 1970s, for which he received an additional sentence of 25 years to life.

Prosecutors said he strangled his victims with shoelaces, pantyhose and his bare hands.

Alcala, an amateur photographer and a former typesetter for a Los Angeles newspaper, had appeared as a contestant in 1978 on “The Dating Game” television show. He was selected by a “bachelorette” from among three male contestants and went on a date with her.

Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SteveRubeSF

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