The Dating Game Killer (Rodney Alcala)

The Dating Game Killer (Rodney Alcala)

Rodney Alcala is a convicted California serial killer who appeared on the 1978 TV show "Dating Game" and ran amok may have had up to 130 victims nationwide,

In the years before his appearance on Dating Game in 1978, Rodney Alcala had been incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison in California for the murders of four women, all of whom he murdered while meeting Bradshaw at the "Dating Game," according to court documents. He was released on parole after less than three years, but was jailed again in 1978 for four more murders in Los Angeles County, California, the year before the release of "The Dating Game" in 1978. When Alcala appeared in "The Dating Game," he was wanted by the FBI, arrested for violent crimes against women, served his time in a California state prison, and was arrested again for a violent crime against a woman in New York City. When the episode "Game" aired in September 1978, Alcla had murdered two other women: Wixte Brown, a 25-year-old woman from New Orleans, New Jersey, and the victim of a sexual assault by a former friend of his. [Sources: 7, 10, 12, 18]

Police are hoping to find out if there are any other victims of the brutal murders or if men or women have unknowingly posed as serial killers. Photos of serial killer Rodney Alcala may contain photos of his victims, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. [Sources: 2, 21]

The most interesting part of the story, according to Tracy Diaz, Alcala's ex-girlfriend, is his appearance on "Dating Game," in which he says he's the one police were looking for. Diaz feels justice is served by his ultimate conviction, but the man, the monster, embodies the worst aspects of his personality. [Sources: 10, 20]

Alcala was sentenced to death for the killings of five people in California and is suspected of committing other murders. Alcala is still in prison, though investigators believe the actual number of murders he committed could be in the tens of thousands. [Sources: 8, 12]