After nearly two decades of sexual assaults and murder, Rodney Alcala applied to appear on the telly show, the Dating Game.
It’s hard to imagine why a man like him would want to be in the spotlight.
In the face of such real-life violence, dark currents began to flow through American culture.
Serial killers are scarier than any ghost or haunted house because we know for a fact that they really exist in this world.
An antisocial personality disorder is characterised by a blatant disregard for others – and that disregard shows itself through the violation of the rights of others.
’ But what Cheryl Bradshaw, the telly host, the producers and the viewing public didn’t realise was Rodney Alcala was a vicious sexual predator who’d already killed. Exact details are unclear, but he was diagnosed by an army doctor with an antisocial personality disorder.
She’d choose one of the three men contestants to accompany her on a date to a local LA amusement park. But as recently as 2010, the police released 120 of Rodney’s photos to the public with the hope of identifying the models in them.
It means Rodney would want to resist social norms and laws. And would not understand even the concept of remorse. Rodney coaxed her into his flat, raped her and beat her with a steel bar.
Well, as this list proves, most serial killers can function well enough to pass as everyday people.
He enjoyed strangling his victims until they lost consciousness, waiting until they woke up again, and then repeating that process again and again until they died.
It's been speculated that the contestant's refusal to go on a date with him after this show aired might have spurred him to commit even more murders.
Perhaps he got a thrill from lying and deceiving the public, or from pretending to be someone he wasn’t… A year on, in 1979, Rodney met 12-year-old Robin Samsoe on a beach near his California home.
On the show, the host introduced Rodney as ‘a successful ph0tographer…but between breaks you might find him skydiving or motorcycling.’ During filming, Rodney turned on the charm. Two weeks later, her decomposing body was found in the hills around LA.
It's frightening to realize that the man cooking with Gill met men through gay websites, lured them somewhere, and then poisoned them.