Recently convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala might be responsible for up to 30 more murders
February 27, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Rodney Alcala 66, known as the “Dating Game Killer” because he once appeared on the Dating Game (photo left), is now being eyed as a prolific serial killer along the lines of Ted Bundy. An Orange County jury on Thursday convicted the accused serial killer of five counts of murder in the death a girl and four women. Alcala, has been tried twice in the 1979 kidnapping and murder of Robin Samsoe, 12, of Huntington Beach, but each of those convictions was overturned.
The case this time expanded as authorities said they were able to tie Alcala to the murder of four Los Angeles County women between 1977 and 1979. Investigators said they linked Alcala to the torture and murder of Jill Barcomb, 18; Georgia Wixted, 27; Charlotte Lamb, 32; and Jill Parenteau, 21, with recent DNA advances, along with blood and fingerprint evidence. Each murder some of which Alcala repeatedly strangled and resuscitated during their deaths to prolong their agony, carry a special circumstance charge that would make Alcala subject to the death penalty.
Alcala, with an IQ of more than 160, graduated with a fine art degree from the University of California and is believed to have studied film in New York under Roman Polanksi before working as a typesetter at the Los Angeles Times newspaper. He used his skills as a photographer to lure victims to their deaths, taking pictures of women in bikinis on the beach for “photo contests.”
Prosecutors painted Alcala as a sadistic monster who sexually tortured his victims, posed them and possibly took photos. During the six week trial Alcala, who acted as his own attorney, took the stand and asked and answered his own questions.
Now police believe Alcala, who has been in custody since 1979, is responsible for dozens more deaths in New York and Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Steve Hodel, a retired Los Angeles police detective who interviewed Alcala, said: “This could easily be another Ted Bundy. It could be 20, 30 victims. the acts he committed, you’ve got this monster inside of him.”