The Dating Game Killer

Anita T By Anita T, 7th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Rodney Alcala, the Dating Game Killer, is currently on death row with more charges pending.

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala, called the Dating Game Killer was convicted of murders of five young women in California. Rodney appeared on the Dating Game TV show in 1978, and was chosen for a date by the Bachelorette. However, when she met him behind the scenes, she rejected him, saying he was "creepy". This assessment may have saved her life.

Death Row Game Show

The Dating Game Killer is currently on death row in San Quentin prison. He has been in prison since 1980, when he was convicted of murdering 12 year old Robin Samsoe. Alcala's attorneys were able to get his conviction overturned twice. Both times he was held in prison pending a new trial. The third time around, Alcala insisted on representing himself even though the district attorney had decided to try Alcala on all of the murders at once. On February 10, 2010, Alcala was finally re-convicted of the Samsoe murder and convicted of four other murders, along with one count of kidnapping and four counts of rape. He was sentenced to death. The State of New York has recently announced that they will be trying Alcala on at least two murders that occurred in New York during a time that Alcala was on the run and attending college in New York under the name of John Berger.

Alcala’s Family Life

Alcala was born in 1943 to Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez, two Mexican immigrants from San Antonio TX. When his father abandoned Alcala and his siblings, mom moved the family to California. At age 17, he joined the US Army where he served until he had a "nervous breakdown" and was diagnosed with anti-social personality. Within four years of getting thrown out of the Army, Alcala attacked, raped, and nearly killed an 8 year old girl. This began a string of molestations of young girls, attacks and murders of adult women, and pornographic photography of anyone, of any sex.

Very little is known of Alcala's early life or what may have precipitated him to kill. The murders were very vicious, however, and followed a pattern. The young woman (or child) was lured to talk to Alcala, usually photographed, and then attacked, tied up, raped, and killed. The young women were strangled and hit in the face.

You can Help Investigators in this Case

When police found Alcala's storage unit, they got quite a surprise. This prolific photographer had taken shots of over 1,000 individuals of both sexes and literally of all ages, usually in provocative poses or outright sexual positions and acts. Ever since that date, police have been on a campaign to determine whether or not the people in the photos are still alive, and what type of interactions they had with Alcala. He is suspected of murdering as many as 100 more people. Rough 100 photos of Alcala's targets can be seen online; the rest were too graphic to be posted.

Investigators still struggle to identify Alcala’s potential victims. The Orange County DA’s Office is still asking the public to try to identify Alcala’s photographs and let them know if the individuals are alive or not. Alcala’s photographs that need identified can be found online at


Murder, Reality Tv, Serial Killer, Serial Murder

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Anita T is a writer/researcher who is fascinated by alternatives to organized medicine and by the reasons for crime and criminality. Just about any topic can catch her attention!

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