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Serial killer Rodney Alcala reportedly indicted in slayings of 2 New York women


California serial killer Rodney Alcala has been indicted in the slayings of two New York women in the 1970s, New York City newspapers are reporting Thursday.

Both the New York Times and New York Post, citing anonymous sources, said Alcala, 57, was indicted by Manhattan prosecutors in the killings of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover.

Authorities have long suspected that Alcala, who is now in a California prison under a death sentence, had struck outside of California.

The photographer and onetime "Dating Game" contestant was convicted last year of murdering four Los Angeles County women and a 12-year-old girl from Huntington Beach in the late 1970s. He was sentenced to death last March.

After his conviction, police detectives released a trove of photographs of women and children they seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker Alcala rented just as police were closing in on him. Detectives said they wanted to know who these people were and whether they might have gone missing during Alcala's murder spree in the late 1970s.

Hundreds of people called police in response to the photos. But it's unclear if the photos played a role in the New York cases.

New York police have long considered Alcala a suspect in the slayings of three women there, apparently including Crilley and Hover. Alcala lived in New York during that period.

Seattle police have also investigated him in connection with some unsolved slayings.


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Photo: Alcala last year in court. Credit: L.A. Times


Alcalahicks1972 Alcala is convicted in the 1968 rape and beating of an 8-year-old girl.

Nov. 10, 1977 — The body of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb is found in the Hollywood Hills. She had been sexually assaulted, bludgeoned and strangled with a pair of blue pants.

Dec. 16, 1977 Georgia Wixted, 27, is found beaten to death at her home in Malibu. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

1978 Alcala appears in an episode of “The Dating Game” as Bachelor No. 1.

June 24, 1978 — Charlotte Lamb, a 32-year-old legal secretary from Santa Monica, is found in the laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled with a shoelace. 

June 14, 1979 — Jill Parenteau, 21, of Burbank is found strangled on the floor of her Burbank apartment.

June 20, 1979 – Robin Samsoe, 12, disappears near the Huntington Beach Pier. Her body is found 12 days later in the Sierra Madre foothills.

http://50cases.freedomblogging.com/files/2009/11/alcalap0210.jpgJuly 24, 1979 — Rodney James Alcala, an unemployed photographer, is arrested at his parents’ Monterey Park home.

September 1980 – Alcala is convicted of the 1978 rape of a 15-year-old Riverside girl and sentenced to nine years in state prison.

June 20, 1980 — Orange County Superior Court Judge Philip E. Schwab sentences Alcala to death after he is convicted of Samsoe's murder.

July 11, 1980 — The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office files murder, burglary and sexual assault charges against Alcala in the slaying of Parenteau.

April 15, 1981 — The L.A. district attorney’s office tells a judge that prosecution of Alcala in the Parenteau case could not proceed because a key witness admitted that he had committed perjury in another case.

Aug. 23, 1984 — The state Supreme Court reversed Alcala’s murder conviction in connection with Samsoe, ruling that the jury was improperly told about Alcala’s prior sex crimes.

June 20, 1986 — For the second time, Alcala is convicted for Samsoe’s murder and sentenced to death in Orange County Superior Court.

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/04hnfQF8Wlafk/x160.jpgDec. 31, 1992 — The California Supreme Court unanimously upholds Alcala’s death sentence.

April 2, 2001 — A federal appellate court overturns Alcala’s death sentence in the Samsoe case, ruling that the Superior Court judge precluded the defense from presenting evidence “material to significant issues.”

June 5, 2003 — The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office files murder charges against Alcala alleging that he killed Wixted during a burglary and rape.

Sept. 19, 2005 — Additional murder charges are filed against Alcala in connection to the deaths of Barcomb, Wixted and Lamb.

Jan. 11, 2010 — Alcala’s trial for the five murders begins. He represents himself.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Comments () | Archives (11)

and to say nothing of the lives taken after the rape conviction..something about these long drawn out legal proceedings need to come to an end..

The judicial system and the police departments are fumbling around screwing up evidence and usurping the rights of the accused.
In this society a man is innocent until proven guilty [so they keep saying], but it doesn't seem to be the case.

The media has convicted this man in its reporting to the public. The public with its half witted one hemisphere thinking brain is easily convinced of anything and everything they hear or see in the media without bothering to deeply examine cases for themselves.

"Americans" love to see someone other than themselves suffering, starving, poor, and dying. They think they are good and everyone should be good like themselves, but they are delusional and ignorant at once. Our justice system is rank and vile, and like every other part of government, needs an overhaul.

I'd like to vote a new Attorney General in or someone in authority that could change how our trials are done. Something needs to be done to help the justice system bring justice... to the victims!!!!

1972, Alcala is convicted of rape & beating of an 8 year old girl and 1978 he appears on the 'Dateing Game'??? There's something VERY wrong with that picture! How did a convicted rapist of a child end up on a game show that has a specific agenda to meet a potential date?

WizardG, Who are you, this guy's daddy or something? And really, just what is your gripe? The judicial system and the police department? The media? The public? American's? The government? Clear your thoughts man. You're all over the place and more importantly, you seem hellbent on blaming everyone else short of satin for this man's problems. The dude is a raping, murdering, child destroying fiend. Did you miss that part of this story? Good Grief!

I see the Criminals' families are here to blame "the media" and the government because one of their relatives is a murderer. In the good ol USA we dont have Victims rights, We have rights for CRIMINALS. There is NO JUSTICE in the "Justice system". The ANIMALS are allowed to roam free and kill innocent people. This is the land of the CRIMINAL and the home of the CRIMINAL LAWYER. Whats the difference between a criminal and the lawyer that "represents" him? not much.

Response to Wizzard,

With all of the evidence against Alcala, the DNA left behind, can you claim that he was convicted by the media?

First and foremost as someone already said, how did a convicted sex offender get on the dating game show?! They are lucky he didn't win, he might of hurt that poor girl too! The judges really messed up! They know how the system is and they know what it takes to get convictions, and yet they made costly errors that allowed this criminal to keep appealing.
Macca Doo- Ok there is a lot done for victims, they get all the counseling they want, they are offered the right to sue for psychological or other damages (and in most cases win), the victim can only get so much and the system understands that no matter what they do they can't fully help the victim they do their best though. As for your very wrong and ignorant statements now..the laws are in place so that people aren't wrongly convicted, which still happens, it's for the benefit of the common person and so that they have a fair chance to show innocence or guilt. The family isn't always to blame either because sometimes they can come from great family backgrounds they just go crazy. And your very last and extremely ignorant statements that hit home most to me. The fact that you think a lawyer who is trying to give a citizen their equal rights is a bad person. Sure some lawyers are crooks and are just out for the money, but some, like myself someday, just want to help society and its people. The lawyer does their job in helping someone who in their mind may be innocent, some lawyers don't have a conscious when it comes to some criminals but a large amount do. Also have you heard the phrase "court appointed lawyer" ? By law lawyers have to do so many pro bono or court ordered hours a year or they can face hefty fines and even lose their license to practice.

Unfortunately, this is the price we pay in America. We would rather have 100 guilty people walk free than have one innocent person wrongly convicted. And we can't blame the police for everything. We need more vigilantes in this country.

Alcala is laughing at the whole system of justice because he knows he's getting away with murder, rape and theft.... it's really sad how long he's been allowed to continue his life after ending so many others.

What's worse is that our prison systems are now set up to protect these types of criminals. So a rapist today is set apart from the general population and virtually protected from his just dues when he finally does reach the very place where he would find his just deserves. We should be asking our senators to stop protecting the rapists once they have reached jail. Let the criminals have at him. Twenty years ago their were no such protections for these type of inmates, now they get special treatment. Why? They have created their own hell on earth and we should let them live in the belly of the beast without a second glance.


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