In 1977, he talked his probation officer into letting him travel to New York, despite being a sex offender and a flight risk.

During that time, he murdered Ellen Jane Hover, the daughter of the owner of the famous Ciro’s nightclub.

He was finally arrested for his crimes against Tali Shapiro when two of his campers recognized him on a wanted poster.

In another stroke of luck for Alcala, Tali Shapiro and her family had relocated to Mexico and didn’t want Tali to testify.

Retried and reconvicted in 1986, his case was again thrown out by an appeals court in 2001 on a legal technicality.

As prosecutors prepared to retry the case a third time, they tested Alcala’s DNA against unsolved crimes and found four matches.

Alcala went back to trial, charged not only with the murder of Samsoe, but the murders of Georgia Wixted in 1977, Jill Barcomb in 1977, Charlotte Lamb in 1978, and Jill Parenteau in 1979.

Since then,he has also been convicted of two murders in New York — one committed while he was there with his probation officer’s permission.You know a true crime tale is genuinely intriguing when it is constantly evolving and new evidence is being uncovered, even after the focal point of the story has been in prison for decades.That is certainly what’s happened in the case of serial killer Rodney Alcala, also known as the “Dating Game Killer.” Alcala has been behind bars in California since 1979, but, as recently as September 2016, the sordid story of his crimes was still unfolding.Peel me.” Despite giving him the win, Bradshaw never ended up going on the date with Alcala, turning him down after filming because she thought he was “creepy.” Years later, Bradshaw found out how right she was… The man she chose was actually a murderer in the midst of an almost decade long spree, and she played a part in the creation of his serial killer moniker: “The Dating Game Killer.” Despite being his morbid calling card, winning THE DATING GAME wasn’t the first and only time Rodney Alcala got lucky; his history of slipping through the cracks of the legal system kept him cruising the streets for years before police put him away for good.Born in Texas in 1943, Rodney Alcala relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 12.In addition to the seven murders for which he has been convicted, he is suspected of many more.