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'Dating Game' killer Alcala pleads not guilty to New York slayings

June 21, 2012 |  2:12 pm

Rodney Alcala

California serial killer Rodney Alcala pleaded not guilty Thursday after being charged in the killings of two New York women in the 1970s.

Alcala was extradited to New York on Wednesday after cold-case detectives spent a year reviewing the two slayings.

Authorities have long suspected that Alcala, who has been held in a California prison under a death sentence, had struck outside of California. New York authorities have been investigating links between Alcala and the two women for nearly 10 years.

The photographer and onetime "Dating Game" contestant was convicted in 2010 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.

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 they played a role in the New York cases.

Manhattan prosecutors charged Alcala several months ago in the deaths of flight attendant Cornelia Crilley and researcher Ellen Hover.

"These cases were built one brick at a time, as each new lead brought us closer to where we are today," Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said at the time, according to the Associated Press. He said he hoped that the belated action "brings a small measure of peace to the families and friends who have spent decades searching for answers, and justice."

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

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Alcala in Orange County court in 2010. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times


Rodney Alcala1972 Rodney James 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.

Rodney AlcalaJuly 24, 1979 — 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 the Samsoe case, 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.

Rodney AlcalaDec. 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.


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-- Kimi Yoshino