Alcala's first known victim was an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, whom he abducted as she was on her way to school.After he lured her into his car, a witness followed him back to his apartment on De Longpre Avenue and called the police.He then began a five-year murder spree almost immediately, and was able to slay an absolutely unknown number before he was finally stopped in 1979.
Nancy Grace blog: See the photos Huntington Beach Police are contacting law enforcement authorities across the country with information about dead or missing women who were identified by people calling or e-mailing on Friday, Ellis said.
(CNN) -- Hoping to solve numerous cold cases, authorities on Thursday released more than a hundred photos of unidentified women and children found in a storage unit that belonged to a serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game." Investigators are trying to determine if some of the people in the pictures were victims of Rodney Alcala, 66, who was convicted in February of murdering a child and four women between November 1977 and June 1979.
"The response has been overwhelming, and that's what we were looking for." Investigators are trying to determine whether any of the people in the photos were victims of Rodney Alcala, 66, who was convicted in February of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl and raping and murdering four Los Angeles County women in the 1970s.
A jury this week recommended he be sentenced to death.
Acala was sentenced to death for the murder, but the verdict was overturned by the California Supreme Court because jurors were not properly informed of his previous sex crimes.