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Rodney Alcala competed on the popular TV show "The Dating Game", where he won a date with Cheryl Bradshaw. In this show, the lady asks several questions that several men have to answer one after the other. The questioner sits separately between a wall and the men. Based on the answers, the woman then chooses a man to spend a date with him. “The Dating Game” is thus the forerunner of the German television show “Herzblatt”.
When it came to the date between Cheryl Bradshaw and Rodney Alcala, she suddenly canceled the meeting. "It seemed kind of scary to me," she said afterwards. That probably saved her life. Since Cheryl Bradshaw rejected him on the date, it is believed that Charlotte Lamb, Jill Parenteau and Robin Samsoe subsequently died.
He was charged and suspected at the time for the murders of Cornelia Crilley, Ellen Hover, Antoinette Wittaker, Pamela Jean Lambson and Joyce Gaunt. The death penalty had to be withdrawn due to errors in the investigation.
In 2010, the multiple serial killer Alcala in California was sentenced to death for five murders. In 2013, a New York court sentenced the serial killer, born in 1943, to a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. The Alcala case is one of the longest-running murder trials in US history.
Rodney Alcala died of natural causes on July 24, 2021 at the age of 77 in California State Prison, Corcoran (COR).