He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.
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.
Alcala's death sentence in the Samsoe murder was overturned twice.
But in 2010, he was once again sentenced to death for the murder of five women, though authorities have still been unable to pin down a precise victim count.
But now donning a sharp, brown suit and butterfly collar, Alcala had other things on his mind: Winning the affection of bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw.
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No one had any idea that Rodney Alcala had already launched his killing spree when he appeared on the popular dating show in 1978. “This creep comes up to me and he puts his face practically in my face and says, ‘I always get the girl! They never went on a subsequent date, however, because she reportedly found him creepy. Investigators believe he may have actually killed up to 130 people based on photos found on his property.
Now, the disturbing story is being made into a movie,, which premieres Sunday on Investigation Discovery.
Backstage after the show, however, she saw the real Alcala. "He was kind of a creepy guy," Jed Mills, the bachelor next to Alcala, said in 2010.
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.