The Killing Game

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A report on serial killer Rodney Alcala’s 40-year odyssey of rape, murder and eluding justice.

Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist and serial killer. He was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in that state between 1977 and 1979, and is under indictment for two additional homicides in New York. His true victim total remains unknown, and could be much higher.

He is sometimes labeled the “Dating Game Killer” because of his 1978 appearance on the American television show The Dating Game in the very midst of his murder spree.

One police detective called him “a killing machine”, and criminalists have compared him to Ted Bundy. A homicide investigator familiar with the evidence speculated that Alcala could have murdered as many as 50 women, while other estimates have run as high as 130.

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