‘Dating Game Killer’ dies of natural causes, prison officials say

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By Andy Rose, CNN

A convicted serial slayer known arsenic the “Dating Game Killer” died aboriginal Saturday greeting astatine a infirmary adjacent Corcoran State Prison successful cardinal California, situation officials said.

Rodney James Alcala, 77, had been connected the state’s decease enactment since being condemned successful 2010 for the murders of 4 women and a 12-year-old girl, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Alcala was archetypal sentenced to decease successful 1980 for the 1979 kidnapping and execution of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, but his condemnation was reversed by the California Supreme Court and helium was granted a caller trial.

He was sentenced to decease again successful 1986 aft a 2nd trial, but that condemnation was overturned by a national appeals tribunal successful 2003 and a 3rd proceedings was granted.

By the clip of his 3rd proceedings successful 2010, Alcala’s DNA had been connected to 4 different homicides and an Orange County assemblage convicted him of 5 counts of first-degree murder.

He was sentenced to decease a 3rd clip for Samsoe’s execution and for the 1977 deaths of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb and 27-year-old Georgia Wixted; the 1978 decease of 32-year-old Charlotte Lamb, and the 1979 decease of 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.

After Alcala’s conviction, authorities released much than 100 photos of unidentified women and children recovered successful a retention portion that belonged to the slayer successful an effort to find retired if determination were further victims. Robin Samsoe’s earrings had been recovered successful the aforesaid unit.

In 2012, Alcala was indicted successful New York for the 1971 sidesplitting of Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 sidesplitting of Ellen Jane Hover. After helium was extradited, helium pleaded blameworthy and was sentenced successful 2013 to 25 years to life.

Investigators considered him a fishy oregon linked him to different deaths successful 4 different states, according to the California corrections department.

He became known arsenic the “Dating Game Killer” due to the fact that helium had been a contestant connected “The Dating Game” successful 1978, though nary of his victims had immoderate transportation to the crippled show.

Alcala was introduced connected the amusement arsenic a “successful photographer” who mightiness besides beryllium recovered entity diving oregon motorcycling. He had already been convicted successful the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old miss and served a 34-month sentence, authorities said.

Fellow contestant Jed Mills aboriginal said, “He was creepy. Definitely creepy.”

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CNN’s Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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