Rodney Alcala an American serial killer known as the Dating Game Killer for appearing on the game show The Dating Game in the middle of his killing spree. Alcala was convicted of five murders, though his actual total is estimated to be much higher. Alcala had a locker filled with thousands of photographs of women and children, most in sexually explicit poses, and it is suspected that some of the women photographed may be among Alcala's additional victims. Rodney Alcala remains in California State Prison in Corcoran pending further appeals of his death sentences.
Serial Killer Rodney Alcala (aka) Dating Game Killer, was active for 9 years between 1971-1979, known to have ( 8 confirmed / 100 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Rodney Alcala was born on August 23rd 1943 in San Antonio,Texas. He was born 3rd of 4 children and raised by both parents until (Age 11), mother until (Age 17) when Rodney joined the U.S. Army. He was raised as a middle child and had two sisters and one brother. His father, Raoul Alcala Buquor, a spanish-language instructor who abandoned Rodney and family at (Age 11). His mother, Anna Maria Gutierrez.
Rodney Alcala a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Rodney Alcala had an IQ of 160. He completed 16 years of school, received a college degree. He gained part of his education while attending University of California, Los Angeles, Tisch School of the Arts. He divorced. He had no children.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse drugs. He saw a psychologist and spent time in a Forensic Hospital.
In 1971 (Age 27/28) Rodney Alcala started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. Rodney Alcala used a blindfold or simiar method of covering the victim's eyes. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. He positioned or posed at least one body after death. At the time of his crimes he was living with his mother, and later girlfriend, where he was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on July 24th 1979 (Age 35), convicted on June 20th 1986 (Age 42), sentenced to death at California State Prison in Corcoran, California. He was convicted on charges of murder, rape, assault and other possible charges during his lifetime.
Rodney Alcala has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||Dating Game Killer|
|Victims:||8 - 100|
|Years Active:||1971 - 1979|
|Ages Active:||27/28 - 35/36|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Convicted Of:||murder, rape, assault|
|Life Span:||1943 -|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♌ Leo |
Jul 23 - Aug 23
|Living With:||his mother, and later girlfriend|
|D.O.B.:||Aug 23, 1943|
|Birth Location:||San Antonio,Texas|
|Birth Order:||3rd of 4|
|Siblings:||two sisters and one brother|
|Raised By:||both parents until (Age 11), mother until (Age 17) when Rodney joined the U.S. Army|
|Birth Category:||middle child|
|Mother:||Anna Maria Gutierrez|
|Father:||Raoul Alcala Buquor, a spanish-language instructor who abandoned Rodney and family at (Age 11)|
|Highest School:||16 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||college degree|
|Educated At:||University of California, Los Angeles, Tisch School of the Arts|
|Arrested:||Jul 24, 1979 (Age 35)|
|Convicted:||Jun 20, 1986 (Age 42)|
|Prison Location:||California State Prison in Corcoran, California|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
The 22 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Rodney Alcala. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Aug 23 1943||Rodney Alcala was born in San Antonio,Texas. #19430823|
|Jun 19 1961|
| enlisted in the U.S. Army #19610619 |
Location: North Carolina, US
Rodney Alcala entered a program in North Carolina to become a paratrooper. He then enlisted in the U.S Army where he served as a clerk for four years.
|Jan 08 1962|
| Rodney Alcala's father, Raoul Alcala Buquor, died #19620108 |
Location: Tulare County, California, US
Rodney Alcala's father, Raoul Alcala Buquor, unexpectedly passed away in Tulare County, California.
|Aug 23 1963|
|Rodney Alcala started his serial killing spree. #1971|
|Aug 23 1973|
|Rodney Alcala ended his serial killing spree. #1979|
|Jul 24 1979|
|Rodney Alcala arrested. #19790724|
|Jun 20 1980|
| sentenced to death #19800620 |
Location: Orange County Superior Court in Orange County, California, US
Orange County Superior Court Judge Philip E. Schwab sentences Alcala to death after he is convicted of Samsoe's murder.
|Jul 11 1980|
| Parenteau murder charge filed #19800711 |
Location: Los Angeles County, California, US
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office files murder, burglary and sexual assault charges against Alcala in the slaying of Parenteau.
|Apr 15 1981|
| Samsoe murder charge reversed #19810415 |
Location: California, US
The state Supreme Court reversed Alcala’s murder conviction in connection with Samsoe, ruling that the jury was improperly told about Alcala’s prior sex crimes.
|Aug 23 1983|
|Jun 20 1986|
|Rodney Alcala was convictedand sentenced to death at California State Prison in Corcoran, California. #19860620|
|Dec 31 1992|
| Supreme Court upholds death sentence #19921231 |
Location: The California Supreme Court in California, US
|Aug 23 1993|
|Apr 02 2001|
| Samsoe death sentence overturned #20010402 |
Location: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, US
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 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.”
|Aug 23 2003|
|Jan 11 2010|
| trail began #20100111 |
Location: Orange County, California, US
|Mar 09 2010|
| sentenced to death #20100309 |
Location: Orange County, California, US
Judge Francisco Briseno sentenced Rodney Alcala to death for murders of Samsoe, Parenteau, Lamb, Wixted, and Barcomb.
|Aug 23 2013|
|Sep 20 2016|
| charged with murder in Thornton case #20160920 |
Location: Wyoming, US
Rodney Alcala charged in slaying of pregnant woman in Wyoming, Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, of San Antonio. Alcala is suspected to have met Thornton and killed her while on a road trip, then buried her on a ranch in Granger, Wyoming.
|Aug 23 2023|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Rodney Alcala (1971-1979).
| 33 / 40 |
|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|totem personal item||TRUE||354|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|problems in school||FALSE||221|
|teased in school||FALSE||218|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|ISBN10||Book Title||Author||Killers Mentioned||Killers|
|1733630600||Serial Killer Stranglers||Kevin Smith|| 164 Total Including |
|1733630619||Serial Killer Rapists||Kevin Smith|| 266 Total Including |
Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour
|1559706643||Black Dahlia Avenger||Steve Hodel||Rodney Alcala||1|
|0316506850||Death in the Air||Kate Winkler Dawson|| 3 Total Including |
New Bedford Highway Killer
|1548119644||The Big Book of Serial Ki...||Jack Rosewood|| 60 Total Including |
|1628725966||Black Dahlia Avenger||Steve Hodel||Rodney Alcala||2|
|1429950331||The Dating Game Killer||Stella Sands||Rodney Alcala||1|
|1480484989||The Von Bülow Affair||William Wright||Rodney Alcala||1|
|1936239191||Killer Fiction||G. J. Schaefer|| 10 Total Including |
|0955888220||Psychopath!||Morton Bain||Rodney Alcala||1|
|0313397856||Real-Life Monsters: A Psy...||Stephen J. Giannange...|| 4 Total Including |
|1546443657||Rodney James Alcala||J. R. Knowles||Rodney Alcala||1|
|0313397848||Real-life Monsters||Stephen J. Giannange...||Rodney Alcala||2|
|146027752x||When Things Seem Odd||Michael Joseph Legar...|| 6 Total Including |
John Edward Robinson
|1539352250||Killer Photographer||Josh Curry||Rodney Alcala||2|
|1979738289||Killing Game||Alan Warren||Rodney Alcala||1|
|1610695941||Crimes of the Centuries [...||Steven Chermak Ph.D.|| 14 Total Including |
Juan Vallejo Corona
Rodney James Alcala (born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor; August 23, 1943) is an American 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. In 2013, he received an additional sentence of 25 years to life after pleading guilty to two homicides committed in New York in 1971 and 1977.
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