The man once nicknamed “The Dating Game Killer” because he appeared on that game show while in the midst of his killing rampage may have as many as 130 victims across the country, police in Wyoming said Tuesday, citing estimates by authorities.Some online news stories mention Alcala may have an estimated 50 to 130 victims, but the actual number is unknown.The discovery of the earring in the locker has raised speculation that there may be other victims or that the photographs were trophies to Alcala, she said. Alcala is a predatory monster and we believe that he destroyed many lives everywhere he went." According to the Orange County District Attorney, Alcala was convicted in 1972 of kidnapping and molesting a child in Los Angeles County in 1968."The idea is to figure out if these are other victims that belong to other cold cases and if they are we can hopefully bring some closure to these victims' families," she said. Alcala used his photography as a ruse to get close to his victims." Authorities already believe that Alcala may be responsible for deaths in New York, Schroeder said. After serving a 34-month sentence, he was released.
In 1968, Rodney Alcala, better known as “The Dating Game Killer,” lured eight-year-old Tali Shapiro to his Hollywood apartment.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.Still, it wasn't until 1980 when Alcala would be convicted of murder.The man killed 12-year-old Robin Samson of California, leaving her body to decompose in the Los Angeles foothills.