Woman: I Posed for 'Charming' Dating Game Killer

On a NYC rooftop with Rodney Alcala, and lived to tell the tale
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2010 4:28 AM CDT
Woman: I Posed for 'Charming' Dating Game Killer
Rodney Alcala was sentenced to death for killing four women and a girl in the 1970s.   (AP Photo/Michael Goulding, Pool)

(Newser) – Judy Cole posed for a serial killer and lived to tell the tale. Cole and eight other women came forward this week after police released a trove of pictures taken by photographer-turned-serial-killer Rodney Alcala, also known as the Dating Game killer, who was sentenced to death last month. Cole tells the Daily News she spotted herself in a picture taken in the 1970s and realized she was "lucky to be alive."

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Cole says she posed for the convicted rapist and murderer on a rooftop in New York. "He was very charming," she says. "I should have known better." Police believe Alcala, who studied film under Roman Polanski and appeared on a dating show during his killing spree, lured beautiful young women to his apartment by offering to shoot their picture.
(Read more Rodney Alcala stories.)

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