Rodney James Alcala was born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor on August 23, 1943, to a convicted rapist and serial killer. He was found guilty of five murders between 1977 and 1979 and sentenced to death in California in 2010. In 2013, he was given an extra 25 years to a life sentence after pleading guilty to two murders in New York in 1971 and 1977. It is unknown how many people he has killed, although it is likely to be a large number. Prosecutors claimed Alcala “toyed” with his victims by strangling them until they blacked out, then waiting until they recovered consciousness before murdering them. He is known as the “Dating Game Killer” because he appeared on the television show The Dating Game during his murder spree in 1978. Alcala took almost 1,000 images, mostly of women and adolescent boys, with the bulk of them in sexually explicit postures, according to police. They suspect that some of his photographic subjects are fresh victims. One police investigator compared Alcala to Ted Bundy, while others described him as a “killing machine.” He may have killed as many as 50 women, according to one homicide detective familiar with the evidence, with some estimates ranging as high as 130.
Rodney Alcala died on the 24th of July 2021, at the age of 77, in Corcoran, California, of unidentified “natural causes.” A serial killer and rapist from the United States in the middle of his murder spree, he appeared on the television show “The Dating Game.”
Rodney Alcala Was Born in The United States
Rodney Alcala was born on August 23, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, United States of America. In a Christian devout household, he was born with the name Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor. By nationality, he was an American, and by ethnicity, he was Mexican. Rodney turned 77 in 2020, and his zodiac sign was Virgo, according to his birthdate. As a result, he was of white racial descent. Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez were his father and mother. She has two sisters in addition to her brother. In 1951, Alcala’s father relocated his family to Mexico but abandoned them three years later. His mother relocated him and his two brothers to suburban Los Angeles when he was about 11 years old, in 1954.
Alcala, Rodney Criminal History from The Beginning
In 1968, an eyewitness in Los Angeles reported Rodney Alcala for luring an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro into his Hollywood apartment, prompting authorities to investigate. The girl had been raped and beaten with a steel rod when police arrived, but Alcala had left.
Alcala was convicted of child molestation and sentenced to three years after prosecutors were unable to convict him of rape and attempted murder without their main witness.
After seventeen months, he was released. He was re-arrested less than two months after his release for assaulting “Julie J.”, a 13-year-old girl who had accepted what she thought was a ride to school, according to court records. After serving another two years, he was released.
His parole supervisor in Los Angeles made the uncommon step of allowing a repeat offender and known flight risk to visit New York City after his second release in 1977. Alcala murdered Ellen Jane Hover, the 23-year-old daughter of Ciro’s nightclub owner and goddaughter of Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
In 1978, he worked as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times for a short time before being arrested for marijuana possession and serving a brief sentence. In 1979, he knocked 15-year-old Monique Hoyt unconscious and raped her while she was posing for photographs In 1978, he also appeared on “The Dating Game,” a popular game show.
Murder, Arrest, and the First Two Trials in the Samsoe Murder Case
In July 1979, Alcala was arrested for the murder of Robin Samsoe, a 12-year-old girl from Huntington Beach, and was imprisoned without bail. Her body was discovered in the Los Angeles foothills 12 days later, rotting. In 1980, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the murder of Samsoe, but in 1986, he was convicted and put to death after a second trial that was nearly identical to the first save for the suppression of prior criminal record testimony.
The second conviction was overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in part because Alcala’s claim that the park ranger who discovered Samsoe’s body had been “hypnotized by police investigators” was not supported by a witness.
While preparing their third prosecution in 2003, Orange County, California authorities discovered that Alcala’s DNA matched semen found at the rape-murder scenes of two women in Los Angeles.
In 2004, he was indicted for the murders of four more women, thanks to new evidence, including a cold case DNA match. Georgia Wixted, 27, bludgeoned in her Malibu apartment in 1977; Charlotte Lamb, 31, raped, strangled, and left in the laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex in 1978; and Jill Parenteau, 21, murdered in her Burbank apartment in 1979.
During his incarceration between the second and third trials, Alcala created and self-published a book called “You, the Jury,” in which he claimed innocence in the Samsoe case and proposed a new suspect. He also sued the state of California for a slip-and-fall accident and for refusing to provide him with a low-fat diet.