Dating game contestant murderer
There were already four bodies to his name when he popped up on national TV, smiling with perfect hair.
Rodney Alcala, one of the most infamous serial killers in U. history, would eventually be arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.
He is hoping to persuade the jury in Santa Ana, California, to spare his life.
The crimes Alcala committed date to the late 1970s.
"One wonders what that did in his mind," Brown said. She played hard to get.' " Mills said he still has a difficult time discussing Alcala.
"The more time has gone by, the creepier it gets," he said, "because it kind of sinks in slowly.
Last month, Alcala, who is currently held at California State Prison, Corcoran, was charged in the 1977 cold case murder of Christine Ruth Thornton.
At the beginning of the Dating Game episode, Lange asks Alcala to say hello so Bradshaw can hear his voice.
"), Bradshaw asks him, "What's your best time?
Cheryl Bradshaw thought she found her dream date when she chose Bachelor #1, Rodney Alcala, on the popular 1970s show THE DATING GAME.
Introduced by the host as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed,” Alcala cooed from behind the partition: “We’re gonna have a great time together, Cheryl.” Alcala won Bradshaw over with pick-up lines like “Nighttime’s the best time…when things really get going,” and “I’m called ‘The Banana’ and I look really good…
Nobody at the time knew the man with the wavy long hair and toothy grin was an apparent psychopath -- an unstable, antisocial personality.
That includes Mills, a veteran television and film actor, whose only encounter with Alcala was when both of them appeared on "The Dating Game." "That's when I became part of a nightmare, and I didn't realize it was a nightmare until 32 years later," Mills said.
Backstage after the show, however, she saw the real Alcala. "He was kind of a creepy guy," Jed Mills, the bachelor next to Alcala, said in 2010.