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Did Convicted Serial Killer and Dating Game Winner Rodney Alcala Kill Others?

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Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 2:33 PM

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Huntington Beach Police Department detectives are trying to identify women, girls, boys and toddlers who appear in hundreds of photos seized from a storage locker in Seattle, Washington, that was rented by convicted serial killer and Dating Game winner Rodney Alcala.

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Some of the photos, which were taken before his arrest in 1979, show naked women and young girls engaging in sex acts with Alcala. Others show women posing in some of the same positions his victims were found dead in. Some show women or young girls who look like they are passed out. A couple are of teenage boys in provocative poses. Detectives cropped the photos to show just head shots.

Alcala, a freelance photographer and former Los Angeles Times typesetter, hid the photographs as well as some "trophy" jewelry swiped from his victims in the Seattle storage locker a few days after he became the prime suspect in the murder of 12-year-old Huntington Beach ballet student Robin Samsoe.

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According to prosecutors, Alcala's strategy was to approach his victims and ask them to pose for pictures for a photo contest as a way of getting them to relax or lower their guard. Once they were dead, Alcala allegedly would then pose their bodies.

On February 25, the bespectacled, shaggy-haired 66-year-old Alcala was convicted of the 1970s brutal rape-murders of 27-year-old Malibu nurse Georgia Wixted, 21-year-old Pasadena key punch operator Jill Parenteau, 32-year-old Santa Monica legal secretary Charlotte Lamb, 18-year-old New York runaway Jill Barcomb, and Samsoe. He got the death penalty for the third time on March 9 when an Orange County jury delivered its recommendation. Alcala will be sentence by Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno on March 30.

The bulk of the people in the photos are unidentified. Anyone who recognizes someone in the photos should contact Huntington Beach police Detective Patrick Ellis at (714) 375-5066 or via e-mail at pellis@hbpd.org.

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