Dating game serial killer photographs
In the June of 1971, a 23-year-old flight attendant Cornelia Michel Crilley was found raped and strangled in her Manhattan studio.Her murder remained unsolved for the next 40 years, long after the span of killings ended.After being released from prison in 1978, Alcala started working at the Los Angeles Times as a typesetter.During this period, Alcala was able to convince hundreds of men and women that he was a professional fashion photographer who needed photos for his “portfolio.” A portfolio that became notorious when police released it to the public in March 2010, hoping to detect possible victims or rule them out.One of them an 8-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, who was found raped and beaten with a steel bar, but luckily survived. Four years later, after a nervous breakdown, he was discharged on medical grounds.
In fact, the man she picked had already raped a child and murdered a woman.
Only a handful of women identified themselves as having posed for the pictures and police fear that the unidentified people on the photos could be Alcala’s victims.
With a near-genius IQ of 135, Alcala used his smooth-talking charm to get selected to compete on the ABC prime-time show The Dating Game in 1978.
Despite being a convicted rapist and registered sex offender, Alcala was accepted as a contestant and was introduced 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 motorcycling. ” Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy is asking for the public’s help in identifying the women, young men, and children in over a hundred photos seized from a Seattle storage locker rented by Rodney Alcala.