Serial killer from 1970 dating show
The discovery of Samsoe’s earrings in the locker, along with jewelry belonging to other missing women, led to Alcala’s arrest.
Though he was convicted of Samsoe’s murder and sentenced to death, another lucky break came Alcala’s way when his conviction was overturned by the California Supreme Court’s ruling that jurors should not have been informed of his prior crimes during his trial.
Crime profiler Pat Brown questioned the effect of Bradshaw’s rejection on Alcala: “One wonders what that did in his mind.
That is something he would not take too well.” After the disappearance of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in Huntington Beach, CA led to a search of Alcala’s apartment, police found receipts for Alcala’s storage locker in Seattle.
The Police Department reached out to the public in an effort to identify the subjects of the photographs, and to determine if they might be unconfirmed victims of Alcala’s murder spree.
Since then,he has also been convicted of two murders in New York — one committed while he was there with his probation officer’s permission.Even now, more than 35 years since he went to prison, Alcala’s reign of terror still casts a dark shadow: In 2010, the Huntington Beach Police Department released a series of photographs discovered among Alcala’s belongings in his Seattle storage locker.The collection includes 120 portraits of unknown women and men taken by Alcala — only a fraction of the photographs the police discovered, as most were deemed too sexually explicit to release.Alcala made his way back to California and made his infamous appearance on THE DATING GAME in 1978.Between his appearance on the show and his arrest the next year, he killed at least three more women.