Serial killer Rodney Alcala won 'The Dating Game' just before murder spree

Serial killer Rodney Alcala won 'The Dating Game' just before murder spree

A convicted serial killer now awaiting sentencing once did time as Bachelor No. 1 on "The Dating Game," reports revealed.

Rodney Alcala, 66, who in February was found guilty of the murders of four women and a child in the late 1970s, appeared on the lighthearted game show in 1978 -- and won.

"He was creepy. Definitely creepy," fellow contestant Jed Mills, who sat next to Alcala on the show, told CNN.

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.

"We're going to have a great time together, Cheryl," he says with a grin.

Host Jim Lange introduces Alcala as "a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed. Between takes,you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling."

There was something immediately off-putting about Alcala, Mills told CNN. 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.

"He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it," Mills said. "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 ... not wanting to be near him ... he got creepier and more negative. 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. "That is something he would not take too well. They don't understand the rejection. They think that something is wrong with that girl: 'She played me. She played hard to get.' "

Alcala became a killer just months after his appearance on the show, prosecutors said.

He is now representing himself during the penalty phase of his trial in Santa Ana, Calif.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/serial-killer-rodney-alca...

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