Dating game contestant sentenced
Only a handful of women identified themselves as having posed for the pictures and police fear that the unidentified people on the photos could be Alcala’s victims.
During this period, Alcala was able to convince hundreds of men and women that he was a professional fashion photographer who needed photos for his “portfolio.” A portfolio that became notorious when police released it to the public in March 2010, hoping to detect possible victims or rule them out. For some, even hearing his name sends chills down the spine.The charming but sinister smile made its name in 1978 when the producers of a dating TV-show called The Dating Game picked Alcala as a contestant.One of them an 8-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, who was found raped and beaten with a steel bar, but luckily survived. Four years later, after a nervous breakdown, he was discharged on medical grounds.Just like Cheryl, who decided not to go on a date with Alcala. His mother had to move to Los Angeles with him and his sisters when their father abandoned the family. Just like many young men struggling and in need to improve their economic situation, he joined the U. The official diagnosis was antisocial personality disorder.He was interested in photography, the profession he used to lure women to remote spots to rape, torture, and kill.
Being a fresh graduate of UCLA’s School of Fine Arts, the sexual predator started the search for his first victim.
The murder took place in 1968 and marked his first known crime.
Alcala fled the state to avoid the arrest, and the federal agents placed him to FBI’s most wanted list.
Without the testimony, prosecutors were not able to convict Alcala of rape and attempted murder.
Alcala pled guilty to a lesser charge of assault and was paroled after 34 months.
Later that summer, two children at the same camp where Alcala worked noticed an FBI most-wanted poster at the post office and notified the camp directors.