Sunday, April 11, 2010

Police ID 21 Women In Serial Killer's Photos From Storage Locker

Huntington Beach police have identified 21 women who appear in photos found in a convicted serial killer's storage locker.

But detectives are still seeking the identity of more than 100 other females - and at least two young men - who posed for Rodney Alcala during the 1970s.

Police say none of the 21 women matched up to a missing persons case or an unsolved homicide.

Detectives were inundated with more than 500 phone calls and hundreds of e-mails after the photos were posted on the Orange County Register's Web site. Huntington Beach police released the photos to the newspaper last month after Alcala was sentenced to death for the murders of four women and a 12-year-old girl.

The photos were found in Alcala's Seattle storage locker in 1979.

The convicted serial killer now awaiting sentencing once did time as Bachelor No. 1 on "The Dating Game," reports revealed.

Rodney Alcala, 66, who in February was found guilty of the murders of four women and a child in the late 1970s, appeared on the lighthearted game show in 1978 - and won.

"He was creepy. Definitely creepy," said fellow contestant Jed Mills, who sat next to Alcala on the show.

Alcala already had been convicted for the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl, but that didn't stop him from making an impression on the female participant, Cheryl Bradshaw.

"We're going to have a great time together, Cheryl," he says with a grin.

Host Jim Lange introduces Alcala as "a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed. Between takes, you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling."

There was something immediately off-putting about Alcala, Mills said. While he was all charm and smiles on stage, he showed a more sinister side while in the green room with the other male contestants.

"He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it," Mills said. "And he was very obnoxious and creepy - he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate.

"I wound up not only not liking this guy ... not wanting to be near him ... he got creepier and more negative. He was a standout creepy guy in my life."

Though Alcala won the date with Bradshaw, she ultimately refused to go out with him, according to reports.

"One wonders what that did in his mind," crime profiler Pat Brown said in an interview. "That is something he would not take too well. They don't understand the rejection. They think that something is wrong with that girl: 'She played me. She played hard to get.' "

Alcala became a killer just months after his appearance on the show, prosecutors said.

He is now representing himself during the penalty phase of his trial in Santa Ana, California.

The Orange County Register; AP; Reuters; ABC.

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