Alcala won a date as Bachelor #1 in his "Dating Game" appearance.
Rodney Alcala is a serial killer from California recently sentenced to death for the murders of four women and 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. But authorities suspect he may have killed more. And they say the contents of a Seattle storage unit might hold clues that would help identify Alcala's other victims.
Alcala's first known attack was the abduction, rape and beating of a a Los Angeles second-grader in 1968. But thanks to a near-genius IQ of 135, a gift for mastering legal technicalities and a charming personality which helped seduce appellate judges and game-show contestants alike (creepy "Dating Game" footage after the jump), Alcala only served 34-months for the brutal crime.
After graduating from UCLA, Alcala's luring methods got more sophisticated. He took up photography and used the guise of "taking pictures" as an excuse to get women alone in isolated areas. And that's where the storage locker comes into the story.
Hundreds of Alcala's photos were released by Huntington Beach police on Wednesday. Including some that had been stored in Seattle.
The photos were taken before Alcala's first arrest in 1979. They depict women, many of whom have never been identified, in various stages of undress, with some performing sex acts. (You can find a SFW slideshow here.)
Also found: a pair of gold ball earrings that Samsoe's mother said belonged to her child. Samsoe disappeared shortly after a curly-haired man matching Alcala's description asked to take a photograph of her. Her earrings were later found in a jewelry pouch in Alcala's locker.