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Serial killer Rodney Alcala to be extradited in New York slayings

February 8, 2012 |  4:34 pm

Rodney Alcala
Rodney Alcala, one of California’s most notorious killers and a death row inmate, can be extradited to New York to stand trial in two decades-old murder cases, a judge ruled this week.

Rodney Alcala, 68, was indicted in New York last year in the strangulation deaths of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover in the 1970s.

Prosecutors allege that Alcala raped and strangled Crilley, a 23-year-old flight attendant, in her Manhattan apartment in 1971.

They also accuse Alcala of killing Ellen Hover, 23, the daughter of a Hollywood nightclub owner, who was found slain in 1977 not far from her family's estate in Westchester County, authorities said.

Alcala lived in New York at the time of the killings. His extradition is tentatively set for April 6 unless a higher court intervenes.

Alcala, a photographer and one-time "Dating Game" contestant, is on death row at San Quentin State Prison after being convicted two years ago in the strangulation deaths of four Los Angeles-area women and a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl who was kidnapped as she rode her bicycle to a ballet class.

Before his 2010 trial in Orange County, Alcala had twice before been convicted of killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. The earlier convictions, however, were all reversed.

Alcala's other California victims were Jill Barcomb, an 18-year-old runaway who was killed in the Hollywood Hills on Nov. 10, 1977; Georgia Wixted, a 27-year-old registered nurse who was killed Dec. 16, 1978; Charlotte Lamb, 32, who was slain on June 24, 1978; and Jill Parenteau, 21, who was killed June 14, 1979.

After his conviction, police released more than 100 photographs of women and girls that were seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker Alcala rented.

Alcala is also suspected of killing 19-year-old Pamela Jean Lambson of San Jose in 1977. Lambson, an aspiring model, was strangled and dumped on Mt. Tamalpais after being lured to her death by a man claiming to be a professional photographer.

Deputies say a photo of Alcala in the 1970s is very similar to a sketch of the suspect in the Bay Area murder. However, authorities said they do not plan to prosecute Alcala for Lambson's death because the DNA evidence has become too degraded.

Alcala appeared on television as "Bachelor No. 1" on a 1978 episode of "The Dating Game." The female contestant chose Alcala over the other two bachelors, but reportedly decided against going on a date with him.


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Photo: Rodney Alcala in Orange County Superior Court in 2010.

Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times