Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá, suspected of 130 deaths in the United States, has died

Rodney Alcalá, known as the “dating game killer,” died this Saturday at a hospital in California. It is suspected that he was...

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  • Rodney Alcalá, known as the “dating game killer,” died this Saturday at a hospital in California.
  • It is suspected that he was able to kill up to 130 women in the United States.
  • At the age of 77, he awaited his execution in California.

Rodney Alcalá, a Hispanic known as the “Dating Game Serial Killer” suspected of killing up to 130 women in The United States, died this Saturday in a hospital in California while awaiting his execution, authorities said.

Alcalá, 77, was transferred from the death row of a California jail to a hospital in the San Joaquin Valley, where he died of “natural causes,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died

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Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Twitter

Originally from Texas and the son of Mexican parents, he was sentenced to the death penalty in 2010 for the murder of four women and a 12-year-old girl. Then, he received another conviction in 2013 for killing two other victims in New York.

Authorities suspect that he was able to kill up to 130 women and girls in the 1970s, in addition to raping several, before being arrested and imprisoned in 1979, the date from which he remained in prison although his litigation took decades to resolve.

Guilty of torture, rape and murder

Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Twitter

According to EFE, his death sentence was related to the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, who was abducted while riding a bicycle to her ballet class on June 20, 1979 in Huntington Beach, southeast of Los Angeles.

The same jury found Alcalá guilty of the torture, rape and murder of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb, which occurred in 1977; Georgia Wixted, 27, in 1978; Charlotte Lamb, 32, in 1978 and Jill Parenteau, 21, in 1979.

He confessed to some of his bloodiest murders

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Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Twitter

In another trial in New York City in 2013, Rodney Alcalá admitted that he raped and strangled Cornelia Crilley, a 23-year-old flight attendant, in 1971 at the victim’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

In addition, he confessed that six years later, he murdered the biologist Ellen Hover, also 23, whose body was found eleven months later in a forest in Westchester County, north of New York.

DNA tests associated him with various victims

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Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Twitter

He was charged again in 2016 after DNA tests linked him to the 1977 death of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in a remote area in southwestern Wyoming, according to the Associated Press.

However, a prosecutor said Alcalá was too ill to face trial for the death of the woman, who was six months pregnant when she died. As an amateur photographer and former student at the University of California, Alcalá had a very high IQ.

Authorities published dozens of photos of their victims

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Alcalá, who is said to be handsome and charismatic, deceived many of his victims with the excuse of taking pictures of them. Authorities found hundreds of images of his victims. He made it to the FBI’s Most Wanted list, according to The country.

In January of this year, the Huntington Beach (California) authorities published dozens of those photos in the hope that the public would help them identify the people portrayed, and determine if they could be Alcalá’s victims.

He kept earrings as “trophies”

Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Archive

“We’re talking about a person who went hunting people in Southern California because he liked to do it,” Orange County, California, prosecutor Matt Murphy said during the defendant’s trial.

His victims’ earrings that he kept as trophies contributed to sentencing him to death, although Gov. Gavin Newsom suspended executions while in office. Investigators say the true number of Alcalá’s victims may never be known.

Your participation in the program “Dating Game”

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Alcalá became known for having appeared in 1978 on a television contest called “Dating Game.” He was chosen to be a contestant despite having already served two prison terms and being a registered sex offender.

In the program, broadcast by ABC, Alcalá was introduced as a “successful photographer” and managed to win the contest, obtaining a date with the “single” Cheryl Bradshaw, who subsequently refused to date him, according to published reports. because she found it “creepy”. Watch video.

Education and mental diagnostics

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Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Archive

Alcalá joined the United States Army in 1960, at age 17, where he served as secretary. In 1964, after what was described as a “nervous breakdown,” he was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder by a military psychiatrist and discharged for medical reasons.

Later, other diagnoses included narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and (from homicide expert Vernon Geberth) malignant narcissistic personality disorder with psychopathy and sexual sadism comorbidities.

His life

Hispanic serial killer Rodney Alcalá died. Photo: Twitter

After leaving the military, Alcala graduated from UCLA School of Fine Arts and later studied film using the name “John Berger” to evade an arrest warrant and was a student of Roman Polanski at New York University.

In 1978, Alcala worked for a short time at the Los Angeles Times as a typesetter and was interviewed by members of the Hillside Strangler task force.

 

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