The dating game killer
You know a true crime tale is genuinely intriguing when it is constantly evolving and new evidence is being uncovered, even after the focal point of the story has been in prison for decades.That is certainly what’s happened in the case of serial killer Rodney Alcala, also known as the “Dating Game Killer.” Alcala has been behind bars in California since 1979, but, as recently as September 2016, the sordid story of his crimes was still unfolding.In 1977, he talked his probation officer into letting him travel to New York, despite being a sex offender and a flight risk.During that time, he murdered Ellen Jane Hover, the daughter of the owner of the famous Ciro’s nightclub.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.He studied fine art at UCLA after being discharged from the Army for a personality disorder.The year of his graduation, 1968, was also the year of his first known act of sexual violence — the brutal rape and beating of 8-year-old Tali Shapiro.
With a warrant out for his arrest, he fled to the east coast and assumed a fake name.
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.
Investigators believe, however, that the 73-year-old Alcala is responsible for many more deaths than even the eight he has been charged with so far.
In fact, it is estimated that the serial killer may be responsible for up to 130 murders.