Alcala was given the nickname "Dating Game Killer" for his appearance on the show in 1978.
Published: 2021-07-24 10:43 pm
"Dating Game Killer" Rodney Alcala dies at 77

Serial killer Rodney Alcala died of natural causes Saturday while awaiting execution, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced. He was 77.

Alcala was nicknamed the "Dating Game Killer" because of his appearance on the show in 1978. He was chosen to be a contestant despite having already served two prison sentences — one for assaulting 8-year-old Tali Shapiro in 1968 and the other for assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1974 — and being a registered sex offender. He was introduced on the program as a "photographer" and managed to win.  

Alcala was originally sentenced to death in 1980 for the 1979 murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. That conviction was overturned in 1984, and Alcala was granted a new trial. He was convicted and sentenced to death again in 1986. That conviction was again overturned in 2003 and Alcala was granted yet another trial.

Alcala in 2010 was again convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Samsoe, along with the murders of four other women. The additional murder charges were brought about after DNA evidence connected Alcala to the victims. Alcala received an additional 25 years to life in prison in 2013 after pleading guilty to two more murders in New York.

Authorities say Alcala may have been responsible for as many as 130 murders, according to The Associated Press

California Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019 signed an executive order halting all executions in the state.

Read Full Story

Person who flew with Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of town hall - 11 months ago
Joe Biden was given the all clear to participate in a Thursday night town hall after concerns he could have been exposed to COVID-19 while aboard his campaign plane. The virus has forced his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, to change her campaign
Read More

ESPN cutting 10% of workforce due to impact of pandemic - 11 months ago
Cuts amount to 10% of sports network's 5,000-plus employees and are due largely to pandemic's impact on business.
Read More

Ex-House Intelligence staffer weighs in on controversial memo - 5 months ago
Michael Allen, former majority staff director for the House Intelligence Committee, joined CBSN to discuss the controversial memo released by Republicans on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Allen said Republicans appear to
Read More

Iraqi military officials say Fallujah "fully liberated" from ISIS - 5 months ago
In what could be a major loss for ISIS, Iraqi military officials say the city of Fallujah has now been "fully liberated" from the terror group. The city has been under ISIS control for more than two years. Elizabeth Palmer has more.
Read More