This is Rodrigo “Rodney” Jacques Alcala, once a contestant on “The Dating Game.”
He appeared on the popular game show on Sept. 13, 1978 as Bachelor No. 1. The host of the show introduced him as a successful photographer who enjoyed skydiving.
What viewers (and show producers) didn’t know was that the dashing young man with long, flowing hair had a very dark past.
^^ That was his response when asked his favorite time of day.
That response might sound flirty, but everything changes when you learn he’s a convicted serial killer.
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When Alcala was on the show — he actually won a date with the bachelorette — he had already served time for a despicable crime.
But, it doesn’t end there. In the ’70s, Alcala went on a killing spree.
Between 1971 and 1979, Alcala killed several people with victims discovered in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. Alcala was killing people before and after being on “The Dating Game.”
His victims varied in age, with the youngest being 12 and the oldest being 31.
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His preferred method of killing was to either strangle or bludgeon his victims to death. All were sexually assaulted.
In 1980, Alcala was convicted for the murder of his youngest victim, Robin Samsoe, and was sentenced to death by a judge.
But a series of appeals led to his death sentence being overturned, twice, on technicalities.
In the early 2000s, Alcala, who had avoided the death penalty twice, was charged with four additional murders.
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A new trial would start with Acala charged for five murders (including the murder of Robin Samsoe). “If there is a hell, I hope Rodney Alcala burns eternally,” one of Alcala’s victim’s sister told the court, according to CNN. “I wish he would experience the terror that he put his victims through.”
Finally, Alcala was convicted of all five murders and received the death penalty.
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Alcala was then sent to San Quentin before also being convicted in the deaths of two New York women.
Decades after the show, during the trial, one of the contestants on stage with Alcala in 1978 broke his silence about the day he met this killer.
“Oh yeah, I remember it quite clearly,” Jed Mills, a fellow contestant who sat next to Alcala in 1978, told CNN. “He was creepy. Definitely creepy.”