Dating is hard, but it must be especially hard if you’re a serial killer. Presumably that’s why one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history went on TV looking for love.
While Rodney Alcala’s body count is unknown, police estimate he killed dozens of women at least, some believe he could have killed up to 130 people, reports Rolling Stone
Yet Alcala took time out from his unimaginably evil killing-spree to appear on The Dating Game, basically the U.S. Blind Date.
Not only did he brazenly appear on television in 1978 while murdering people in his spare time, he actually won the show.
Possibly the most morbid example ever of nice guys finishing last.
His appearing on the show at all is seriously unbelievable as he’d already been convicted of raping an eight-year-old girl in 1972.
However, his performance as contestant number one managed to woo Cheryl Bradshaw and she chose him as her date.
Rodney Alcala’s banter laced with unsubtle innuendo had Cheryl and the studio audience in stitches.
Watching it now it seems incredibly creepy, although it’s hard to tell whether that’s because we know he liked to kill women, or because everyone in the 1970s was creepy by modern standards.
Alcala’s sadistic attacks saw him repeatedly choke his victims to unconsciousness and wait until they came to before killing them. He would photograph his victim’s corpses in disgusting poses.
It is his collection of photographs that lead police to believe he could have killed over 100 women – many of his photographs have never been identified.
Fortunately Cheryl saw a glimpse of the dark side of Alcala’s twisted personality after the show but before going on the date with him:
I started to feel ill. He was acting really creepy, I turned down his offer. I didn’t want to see him again.
She quite possibly had a very narrow escape thanks to her intuition.
Rodney Alcala is now 73-years-old and has been incarcerated since 1980.
He was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in that state between 1977 and 1979. In 2013 he pleaded guilty to two homicides committed in New York in 1971 and 1977.
The true extent of his crimes may never be known.