Rodney Alcala

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Rodney Alcala
Rodney Alcala CDCR.jpg
Alcala in September 1997
Born
Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor

(1943-08-23)August 23, 1943
DiedJuly 24, 2021(2021-07-24) (aged 77)
Cause of deathNatural causes
Other namesThe Dating Game Killer
John Berger
John Burger
Rod Alcala
Years active1968–1979
Conviction(s)Battery, kidnapping, murder, probation violation, rape, providing cannabis to a minor
Criminal charge1 count of battery
1 count of kidnapping
Violation of probation
2 counts of rape
1 count of providing cannabis to a minor
5 counts of first-degree murder (2010)
PenaltyDeath
Details
VictimsAt least 8, possibly up to 130
Span of crimes
1968–1979
CountryUnited States
State(s)Washington (possibly)
California
New York
Wyoming
Date apprehended
July 24, 1979[1]
Imprisoned atCalifornia State Prison, Corcoran

Rodney James Alcala (born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor; August 23, 1943 – July 24, 2021) was an American rapist and serial killer.

When he was 17, Alcala joined the army.[2] In 1964, he was discharged and was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder.[2] In 1968, he gained a bachelor's degree from UCLA.[2] He committed five murders in California from 1977 to 1979. He was sentenced to death in 2010.[3] He was given an extra sentence of 25 years to life after he pled guilty to two homicides in New York which took place in 1971 and 1977.[4]

Alcala was sometimes called the "Dating Game Killer". During the middle of his murder spree, he appeared on the show in 1978 and won.[5]

Alcala died of natural causes on July 24, 2021 in Corcoran, California at the age of 77.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Serial Killer Rodney Alcala's Photo Trove Found".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Yahoo". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  3. "Rodney Alcala sentenced to death for murders of four women and girl, 12". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  4. ""Dating Game" killer sentenced for 1970s murders". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  5. "Convicted serial killer won on 'Dating Game'". CNN. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  6. "Condemned Inmate Rodney Alcala Dies of Natural Causes". California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. July 24, 2021.

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