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He was looking for a woman on a dating show: Notorious serial killer Rodney Alcala is dead

Updated July 25, 2021, 8:58 p.m.

  • Rodney Alcala, the worst serial killer, is dead.
  • He is said to have raped and murdered several women in the 1970s.

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The California serial killer who once campaigned in support of young female candidates on a TV dating show has died at the age of 77. Rodney Alkala, who is being held at Corcoran State Jail, died Saturday of natural causes, prison officials said. In California, he was convicted of five murders between 1977 and 1979.

His youngest victim was twelve years old. The amateur photographer approached the little girl on a beach. His friend told police he wanted to photograph them. Investigators found hundreds of photographs of women and children who were his role models when he was in Al Qaeda.

Alkala was arrested after killing a twelve-year-old child

Alkala was arrested in the summer of 1979 and has been behind bars since the murder of a twelve-year-old boy. However, in the appellate proceedings, two charges of procedural errors were initially dismissed. He was not convicted of rape and murder until 2010 in a total of five cases based on DNA samples and other evidence.

In 2012, he was charged with two more murders in New York since the 1970s, for which he pleaded guilty. Another indictment was added in 2016 in an unresolved criminal case in Wyoming. Investigators believe he may have tortured and killed dozens more women.

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In process California Alkala acted as his own lawyer. At the time, he dismissed the allegations as “fairytale thinking”. The gray, curly-haired speaker showed footage of a TV dating show during a criminal trial in which he appeared as a bachelor in 1978. By that time, he had already raped and murdered two young California women, according to the conviction. (dpa / mbo)
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