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This Latino Serial Killer Took Fashion Photos Of His Victims And It’s Creepy AF

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Serial killers are some of the most terrifying yet intriguing figures. They should never be idolized, admired, nor romanticized because they do represent the worst of society. This article is about the lesser known, yet just as deplorable, serial killer Rodrigo “Rodney” Jacques Alcala, also known as The Dating Game Killer.

This is Rodrigo “Rodney” Jacques Alcala, once a contestant on “The Dating Game.”

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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.

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^^ That was his response when asked his favorite time of day. Like, it could be romantic but listening to a serial killer give this answer is just terrifying.

That response might sound flirty, but everything changes when you learn he’s a convicted serial killer.

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Alcala terrorized southern California in the ’60s and ’70s during his murderous rampage targeting young women.

When Alcala was on the show — he actually won a date with the bachelorette — he had already served time for a despicable crime.

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Ten years before being a contestant on “The Dating Game,” Alcala was tried, convicted and spent time (34 months to be exact) in prison for the rape and beating of an 8-year-old girl. The girl survived the attack.

But, it doesn’t end there. In the ’70s, Alcala went on a killing spree.

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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.”

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Alcala would pose a photographer looking for models to lure victims.

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Alcala had countless photos of young women, several underage, that he collected during his years of killing. He would pose a photographer looking for models and would photograph the women in public places in an attempt to gain their trust.

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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.

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Alcala had a particularly sickening method of torture involving strangling the victims and resuscitating them and torturing them.

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Many of his victims would be choked until they lost consciousness. Then, he would resuscitate them and begin to sexually assault and beat them.

The gruesome death of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe was the death that led to a manhunt for Alcala.

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Samsoe was riding her bike to a ballet class in Huntington Beach when she was abducted. Her decomposed body was found days later at the Angeles National Forest. In 2014, Samsoe was honored with a plaque in Huntington Beach.

In 1980, Alcala was convicted for the murder of his youngest victim, Robin Samsoe, and was sentenced to death by a judge.

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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.”

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In 2003, DNA testing linked Alcala to the murder of four women in Los Angeles.

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The total number of victims that Alcala was accused of murdering was at seven, including Samsoe, when the trial happened in the early 2000s. Alcala was accused of murdering two women in New York: Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover. He was also accused of murdering four women in Los Angeles: Georgia Wixtead, Jill Barcomb, Christina Thornton, and Charlotte Lamb.

Finally, Alcala was convicted of seven 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.

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“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.”

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Watch Alcala’s creepy appearance on “The Dating Game” below:

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Alcala is still on death row at the San Quentin State Prison in California.

READ: The Terrifying Real-Life Story of the Mexican Serial Killer Called ‘La Mataviejitas’

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Undocumented Irish Immigrants Say They Know The Fear Of Living Under The Trump Administration

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Undocumented Irish Immigrants Say They Know The Fear Of Living Under The Trump Administration

When you think about the dominant narrative around undocumented immigrants in the U.S., the Irish may not be the first group of people that come to mind. But there are an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants currently residing in the U.S. Admittedly, their struggle is different, as Shauna, an Irish immigrant, explained in a recent CNN article: “It is easier being illegal here when you’re white. It’s a bit easier to stay under the radar.”

The Irish make up one of the largest European populations in the United States, but due to the 1965 Immigration Act, legal immigration is nearly out of the question.

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The act set a limit on the number of Irish immigrants allowed in the country. As the New York Times reported in 1988, only about 10,000 immigrants were legally allowed to enter the U.S. between the years 1976 to 1985. And it hasn’t gotten any easier for hopeful Irish immigrants looking for a better life. For many, the only way to stay in the country is to overstay their visas and hope they aren’t deported. Like undocumented Latino immigrants, they are hardly able to enjoy the society to which they contribute so much of their hard work and culture.

Though they may be less likely to be profiled by ICE agents, these Irish undocumented immigrants say the face similar struggles.

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Like undocumented Latino immigrants, the undocumented Irish rarely report crimes against them. They avoid going to the doctor because they don’t want to reveal their immigration status. But because they left harsh conditions, the struggles they face in the United States are worth the troubles they endure. However, because they are white, they don’t face the prejudice many Latinos face.

As NPR pointed out, in 2014, around 177,000 Mexicans were deported, while only a mere 33 Irish immigrants faced deportation. Despite the difference in treatment, the undocumented Irish live in constant fear they could be deported any day under the Trump Administration.

Shauna summed up for CNN the differences undocumented Irish and undocumented Latinos experience:

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“Even as Irish, you can feel it when you’re out. Even if it’s not directed at me and it’s at someone who is Mexican or Brazilian or something, it still affects me because I feel like I’m in the same boat, but they don’t direct it at me because I’m white.”

Whether or not immigration laws are designed to target Latinos because of their skin color is up for debate, but the reality here is that the immigration system is broken for many hard working people looking to better themselves and the societies to which they belong.

[MORE] CNN: White, Irish, and undocumented in America

READ: As ICE Targets People With Certain Kinds Of Tattoos, Immigrants Are Seeking Tattoo Removal

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