"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.
While he was all charm and smiles on stage, he showed a more sinister side while in the green room with the other male contestants. They think that something is wrong with that girl: 'She played me.
"He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it," Mills said. He was a standout creepy guy in my life."Though Alcala won the date with Bradshaw, she ultimately refused to go out with him, according to reports."One wonders what that did in his mind," crime profiler Pat Brown said in an interview with CNN. She played hard to get.' "Alcala became a killer just months after his appearance on the show, prosecutors said.
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.
"And he was very obnoxious and creepy -- he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate."I wound up not only not liking this guy ... He is now representing himself during the penalty phase of his trial in Santa Ana, Calif.
(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.
He is hoping to persuade the jury in Santa Ana, California, to spare his life.
The crimes Alcala committed date to the late 1970s.
Alcala already had been convicted for the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl, according to CNN, but that didn't stop him from making an impression on the female participant, Cheryl Bradshaw.