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Orange County prosecutor releases photos taken by convicted killer Rodney Alcala

March 10, 2010 | 11:01 pm
An Orange County prosecutor has released photos apparently taken by convicted killer Rodney James Alcala to help determine whether women displayed in the pictures were victimized.

Deputy District Atty. Matt Murphy told the Orange County Register that Alcala, a freelance photographer, used his camera to gain the trust of some of his victims.

Alcala's photos were posted Tuesday on the Register's website. "We'd like to locate the women in these pictures," Murphy was quoted as saying.

Alcala was convicted last month of slaying 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, who lived in Huntington Beach, and killing four Los Angeles County women between 1977 and 1980. The women were sexually assaulted, tortured and strangled, prosecutors said.

On Tuesday, a jury recommended that Alcala receive a death sentence for the five murders.

Anyone with information on the women in the photos is asked to call Huntington Beach Police Det. Patrick Ellis, at 714-375-5066.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Huntington Beach Police Department

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