Convicted serial killer once appeared on the Dating GameMikey 5 comments
Here's an interesting story, although I found it so for different reasons. Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been found guilty on 5 counts of first degree murder which he committed during the 60's and 70's. Aside from these murders, Alcala had also committed several rapes. You could say he's got something against women.
During the closing arguments of his trial, prosecutors said that Alcla "took his time terrorising his victims by choking them with his bare hands, waiting for them to wake up at least once, then strangling them again sometimes using shoelaces or panty hose".
No doubt he was a sick bastard, but the most interesting part of this story although not related to the case, is that in 1978 Alcala appeared in the ABC prime time television show The Dating Game, in which the bachelorette picked him for her date.
What I find most disturbing in the video below is that Alclala appears like any other normal guy (albeit the unnatural sleazy responses), and by the time he appeared on this show he had already killed several women. So what makes a serial killer deicide to appear on a dating TV show? What were his intentions if he was picked? Was he trying to secure his next victim? Well he was picked, and the bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw never did end up as one of his victims, although I'd love to know why it didn't work out between them.
Update: Perhaps one of the inadvertently wisest decisions she ever made, it turns out Cheryl Bradshaw decided not to go on that date with Alcala:
"...after talking to Alcala backstage, Bradshaw wisely decided that Alcala was less a swinging single than simply creepy. She never did accompany him on that date."
I would love to have been a fly on the wall when she broke the news to him.