[Morning and afternoon] are okay, but nighttime is when it really gets good.
Then you are really ready." Rodney James Alcala (born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor), a.k.a.
(CNN) -- Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game." "Oh yeah, I remember it quite clearly," said Jed Mills, the game-show contestant who sat next to Alcala in 1978. Definitely creepy." Found guilty in February of murdering four women and a child, Alcala, 66, is acting as his own attorney in the penalty phase of the trial.
"The Dating Game Killer", is a convicted serial killer and rapist currently on trial for additional murders.
Alcala was born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor in Texas in 1943. After he suffered a nervous breakdown, he was medically discharged when the military psychiatrist diagnosed him with antisocial personality disorder.
A disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for, or violation of, the rights of others.
Despite this, he enrolled in UCLA’s School of Fine Arts and earned his bachelor degree in 1968, the same year he raped his first known victim Tali Shapiro.
THE PHOTOS In 2013, Thornton’s sister, Kathy Thornton, saw an online display of photos taken by Alcala decades earlier, and recognized the subject of one of those photos as her sister.
After that, investigative work by police in Huntington Beach and Wyoming – and a link to a federal database, Nam US, which matches DNA evidence to remains of unidentified people – helped connect the alleged crime to the picture.
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.
Just like Cheryl, who decided not to go on a date with Alcala. His mother had to move to Los Angeles with him and his sisters when their father abandoned the family. Just like many young men struggling and in need to improve their economic situation, he joined the U. The official diagnosis was antisocial personality disorder.
The crimes Alcala committed date to the late 1970s.
Nobody at the time knew the man with the wavy long hair and toothy grin was an apparent psychopath -- an unstable, antisocial personality.
Prosecutors in Rock Springs, Wyo., said Tuesday that one of those victims was Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, of San Antonio.