The 48 Hours episode “The Killing Game” investigates convicted rapist and serial killer Rodney Alcala. The amateur photographer started his killing spree in 1968. After graduating from UCLA in Los Angeles he told his victims he was a professional fashion photographer and photographed them for his “portfolio.” He amassed a large collection of photos of women, young girls and teenage boys, many in sexually explicit poses.
Alcala is known as “The Dating Game Killer” because during his murder spree in the 1970s, he appeared on the TV show The Dating Game in 1978 (see video below). He “won” a date with the bachelorette but she reported refused to go out with him because she found him “creepy.” Alcala was apprehended in 1979 and has been convicted of seven homicides. How many people he has killed remains unknown. The 74-year-old is in California State Prison, Corcoran. He’s been sentenced to death in 1980, 1986, and 2010, but had the rulings overturned. Alcala reportedly has an I.Q. of 135. (Some sources say 170.) Although former Huntington Beach detective Steven Mack says, “I don’t think he’s as smart as he thinks he is…He’s not insane, it was just pure sexual deviancy and pleasure that drove him.” Alcala is not the first serial killer or mass murderer to have a “genius” I.Q. — Jeffrey Dahmer’s I.Q. was 145; Ted Kaczynski 167. 48 Hours airs Saturdays at 10pm on CBS.
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rodney alcala: 130< victims from ’71-79. known to sexually assault, strangle, abuse, and take provocative photographs of his victims. pic.twitter.com/kwYkuTzcgB
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