Serial Killer Was Dating Game Winner

Fellow contestant recalls 'creepy' Rodney Alcala

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 9, 2010 5:40 AM CST

(Newser) – California serial killer Rodney Alcala charmed his way to victory on the Dating Game during his late '70s killing spree. Fellow contestant Jed Mills recalls Bachelor No. 1 as "creepy. Definitely creepy." There was "something about him, I could not be near him." The young woman who chose Alcala based on his answers to her questions later refused to go out with him.

Alcala—already convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl at the time of his 1978 appearance on the show—likely showed his real psychopathic self when he was offstage with the other bachelors, a crime profiler tells CNN. The 66-year-old has been convicted of murdering a girl and four women between 1977 and 1979, and police suspect he may have killed many more. He is now acting as his own attorney in the penalty phase of his death penalty trial.

Rodney Alcala talks with his investigator before being convicted in Santa Ana, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 of murdering a 12-year-old girl and four women in the late 1970s.
Rodney Alcala talks with his investigator before being convicted in Santa Ana, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 of murdering a 12-year-old girl and four women in the late 1970s.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Michael Goulding)
Rodney Alcala delivers his final arguments his trial in Santa Ana, Calif. earlier this year.
Rodney Alcala delivers his final arguments his trial in Santa Ana, Calif. earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Pool, Michael Goulding)
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Rodney Alcala's 1978 appearance on "The Dating Game."   (ebroadley)

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He watched the game and he gave those answers and he won, so he learned some tricks. But a psychopath's true nature comes seeping through. - Crime profiler Pat Brown

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