Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Suspected serial killer to show clip from 'The Dating Game' in Santa Ana courtroom

February 8, 2010 |  7:00 pm
Serial murder suspect Rodney James Alcala is expected to testify Tuesday morning and show a video clip of himself as the winning contestant on "The Dating Game."

Alcala, 66, is in court facing the death penalty for the third time in the June 1979 killing of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. He is also charged with raping and killing four Los Angeles County women in the two years prior to Samsoe’s death.
Alcala is acting as his own lawyer in the trial, which is being held at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana.

In his opening statement last week, the former photographer told the jury that "The Dating Game" would prove he is the owner of a gold ball earring. Toward the end of show, Alcala told the jury, they will see that his long hair flips back and reveals the earring.

The earring has long been considered a key piece of evidence in the case. According to prosecutors, Alcala took the earring as a trophy after he kidnapped and killed Samsoe. It was found in Alcala’s storage locker shortly before his arrest in the case.

Alcala says he bought the earring one year before Samsoe was killed, shortly after he had his ears pierced.

-- Paloma Esquivel