But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl."), Bradshaw asks him, "What's your best time?
Her mother, Marianne Connelly, recalls what happened when Robin didn’t return home from ballet class that evening.Rodney Alcala, one of the most infamous serial killers in U. history, would eventually be arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.(He remains in prison in California.) While Alcala's body count is unknown, police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least dozens of women, with some counts running as high as 130 – and there are still over 100 photographs of unidentified women who may have been his victims.Watching the clip today, knowing that Bachelor Number One would go on to repeatedly choke his victims to unconsciousness and wait until they came to before killing them, their banter is more terrifying preview than goofy innuendo.After host Jim Lange introduces "successful photographer" Alcala ("You might find him skydiving or motorcycling!He would beat or strangle them until they lost consciousness.When they woke up, he would repeat the process before finally killing them.The couple won tennis lessons and a trip to Magic Mountain, but Bradshaw declined to go on the date. (In another insane twist, Mills would go on to play the fat-free yogurt shop owner on Seinfeld.) "The people [in the audience] were actually snickering and even low-murmuring boos as to his answers," bachelor number three Armand Cerami recalled that year, as well.Alcala's death sentence in the Samsoe murder was overturned twice.Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala's trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.But now donning a sharp, brown suit and butterfly collar, Alcala had other things on his mind: Winning the affection of bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw.