‘Dating Game' Serial Killer Rodney Alcala Dies in Prison

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A 77-year-old inmate who spent clip connected California's decease enactment for kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old Huntington Beach miss and sidesplitting 4 different radical died Saturday of earthy causes, authorities officials said.

Rodney James Alcala died of earthy causes astatine 1:43 a.m. astatine a infirmary successful the assemblage adjacent Corcoran State Prison, according to the California Department of Corrections.

Alcala, who appeared arsenic a contestant connected the tv amusement “The Dating Game” successful 1978. was sentenced to decease successful Orange County successful 1980 for the 1979 kidnapping and execution of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. That judgement was reversed successful 1984 by the California Supreme Court, and Alcala was granted a caller trial.

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In 1986, Alcala was sentenced to decease a 2nd clip for Samsoe's murder; however, a national appeals tribunal successful 2003 overturned the condemnation and Alcala was fixed a caller trial. His DNA matched grounds successful different murders, and Orange County prosecutors indicted Alcala for the murders of 4 different women.

In 2010, an Orange County assemblage convicted Alcala of 5 counts of first-degree murder, and helium was sentenced to decease for the sidesplitting of Samsoe arsenic good arsenic 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.

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

In 2016, prosecutors successful Wyoming charged Alcala with the execution of Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, who disappeared successful 1978 and whose assemblage was recovered successful 1982. She was six months pregnant.

According to the CDCR, investigators person either suspected Alcala of oregon linked him to different murders successful Los Angeles and Marin County successful California; Seattle, Washington; New York; New Hampshire and Arizona.

He appeared arsenic a contestant connected the tv amusement “The Dating Game” successful 1978.

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