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'Dating Game Killer' Rodney James Alcala dies at 77 in prison

Posted On: Sep 19, 2021   |   Posted By: WGN TV

'Dating Game Killer' Rodney James Alcala dies at 77 in prison

Death-row inmate Rodney James Alcala, also known as the “Dating Game Killer,” died Saturday of natural causes, according to a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was 77 years old.
Alcala, who earned his nickname due to a 1978 appearance on the television show “The Dating Game,” was sentenced to death in 1980 for the kidnapping and murder of Orange County 12-year-old Robin Samsoe a year earlier.
Though Alcala's sentence was reversed and reinstated multiple times on appeal, he was sentenced to death again in 2010 after his DNA was linked to evidence in other murders.
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Alcala was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder by an Orange County jury in 2010. Along with the killing of Samsoe, Alcala was convicted for the killings of Jill Barcomb, 18, and Georgia Wixted, 27, in 1977; Charlotte Lamb, 32, in 1978; and Jill Parenteau, 21, in 1979.

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