Over the years, there have been a number of high profile serial killers that have risen from different parts of the United States and gained notoriety in the media. The crimes committed by a few have even been immortalised by Hollywood.
For instance, Charles Manson, who was a cult leader and orchestrated crimes in the late 60’s and early 70’s will have not one, but three different movies in 2019 inspired by his heinous acts called “Charlie Says”, “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
There are several other cases which are yet to garner the same level of recognition from the media. One of these is the case of Rodney Alcala. Dubbed the ”Dating Game Killer”, he was responsible for a murder spree between 1977 and 1979.
While the police were only able to recover enough tangible evidence to suggest that he killed eight women, it is said that the total number of his victims may have been as high as 130! Alcala was initially apprehended in 1979 and tried for the monstrosities he committed.
In 2013, he pleaded guilty to a case of homicide that was enacted in 1971. This led to Alcala being on the receiving end of an additional 25 years being bars. He had earned the moniker of Dating Game Killer because of his appearance of the TV show The Dating Game.
Alcala would suffocate his victims until they lost all consciousness. He would then lie dormant until they regained consciousness and then repeat the sickening trick of smothering them all over again. Once he was satisfied, he would proceed to kill them.
Furthermore, another abhorrent crime that Alcala would practice is that he would photograph his victims in compromising positions. It wasn’t just young women who were his victims in terms of documenting their suffering. He even murdered teenage boys and would take photos of them in sexually explicit poses.
According to police reports, it is believed that Alcala carried out his first murder all the way back in 1968. Eye witness accounts caught Alcala persuading a minor (eight-year-old girl) into his residence. Sadly, by the time police arrived on to the scene, Alcala had fled, but left behind the corpse of the minor.
Following this reprehensible crime, Alcala moved to New York where he changed his identity and assumed the name of John Berger. After a barren spell that lasted until 1971, a 23-year-old female was found battered and bruised in her Manhattan apartment, much to the chagrin of local authorities.
It wasn’t until his hearing in 2011 that the murder was finally connected to Alcala. In the years following that murder, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had added him to the list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in the country.
Finally, Alcala was apprehended that same year and then extradited to the state of California. He has spent most of the rest of life in prison since then.