Seattle/New York transplant and current New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. opened cold-case files on Cornelia Michel Crilley and Ellen Jane Hover, along with thousands of other unsolved murder victims, last year. There were rumors that the two young woman--dead for 39 and 33 years now, respectively--were the victims of infamous rapist and serial killer Rodney Alcala, aka the "Dating Game Killer." And now, thanks in part to evidence from the depths of an old storage locker that Alcala kept in Seattle, charges have been filed in both Crilley and Hover's cases, and the long-incarcerated murderer will soon be dragged from his death-row cell in California to stand trial for them.
Ellen Jane Hover
A grand jury in Manhattan has indicted Mr. Alcala, 67, on charges that he murdered Ms. Crilley and Ms. Hover, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. The Manhattan district attorney's office would not comment on the indictment. Mr. Alcala may also have been involved in other killings, officials say.
Alcala, a wavy-haired sexual-innuendo-spouting contestant on The Dating Game in 1978, has already been convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl and four other women.
Perhaps you've seen this clip of him trying to out-bachelor two other gents on the old Q&A dating show.
As the Times reports, Alcala's latest indictment comes on the heels of forensic evidence including a bite-mark analysis and links from a common alias that the killer was found to have used while living in New York.
Cornelia Michel Crilley
"John Berger," Alcala's alter ego, was a photographer just like the real Alcala. And last year, a trove of "Berger's" photographs seized from a storage locker in Seattle were released to the press to see if other victims might come forward.
Watch a disturbing slide-show of the photos here.
Berger was also allegedly a name that Alcala may have told Crilley and Hover was his, before he brutally killed them.
As he's already been sentenced to die, there is nothing more that another murder conviction could do to Alcala by way of punishment. And one of the victim's old boyfriends even tells the Times that bringing him up on charges "doesn't do anything for us."
Still, with more victims believed to be out there, the thought that justice may in some way be better done in these two cases may be of some comfort to those still wondering if Rodney Alcala killed their loved ones too.