Rodney Alcala The Dating Game Serial Killer

Rodney James Alcala is convicted the rapist and serial killer who is known as a “killing machine or Dating Game Killer”. He was sentenced to death in California in 2010. He may have raped and murdered as many as 130 women between 1971 and 1979. He got nickname Dating Game serial killer because Rodney Alcala was considered a desirable bachelor as a contestant on The Dating Game show. His appearance on the show coincided with his murder spree.

Rodney James Alcala and hid Victims


Alcala was born in Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor in San Antonio, Texas. He studied film under Roman Polanski at New York University. Alcala’s first Crime in 1968, A witness in  Los Angeles called police after watching him lure an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro into his apartment. The girl was found alive, raped and beaten with a steel bar, but Alcala had fled.  He left the state and enrolled in the NYU film school, using the name "John Berger". In 1971, he obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp. The FBI added Alcala to its list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in early 1971.

In 1978, despite his status as a rapist and registered sex offender, he was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game. He won that game but the girl refused to date him because she found him creepy. Alcala compiled a collection of more than 1,000 photographs of women and teenage boys, many in sexually explicit poses. He is known to have assaulted one other photographic subject, and police have speculated that others could be rape or murder victims as well.


News about Rodney Alcala

He was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in that state between 1977 and 1979. Prosecutors said that Alcala toyed with his victims, strangling them until they lost consciousness, then waiting until they revived, sometimes repeating this process several times before finally killing them. Because of that, one police detective described Alcala as "a killing machine".

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