In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.
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there on September, eighteen, nineteen, seventy eight millions of tv viewers tuned into one of America's most popular game shows in living rooms across the country. People watched as the stage set rotated to reveal the contestants who would vie for a date with the evenings. First bachelor rat biology, graduate otherwise a successful bizarre govern. Gotta start when his father volume in the dark room at the age of thirteen fully developed, the lights, came up as the camera moved into a tight shot, a bachelor number one. He smile
wide at the audience is warm welcome, nodding with self confidence. His white dress sure was open halfway down his chest is long main of curly. Dark hair was perfectly quaffed, brushed back and cascading down his shoulders.
Another one. There is a young lady with a wealth of experience. Welcome if you well sensational, Cheryl Brad,
sue Bradshaw, strode onto the stage and sparkling miti dress with puffy sleeves and revealing scoop neck. Her view of the bachelors was blocked by a bend in the flower power inspired barrier name age hosts Jim Lang quickly explained the rules.
She could ask the contestants whatever she liked, except their name age, occupation or income. Then he introduced the bachelors number one. Would you say hello to Cheryl? Please, will you have a great
together. Shall we go in the style of the show? Charles questions were playful and heavy with sexual innuendo? Bachelor number one was particularly adapted matching her tone in bravado and double on Tonga. He was comfortable in front of the camera growing provocatively and commanding her to get over here. He played to the audience and they responded. That's in their number. Well, you for dinner.
You called, and what do you look like the banana really? Can you been largest swept it he'll, be?
backstage before the show began bachelor number
demeanor had been less engaging? He seemed able to turn the charm on it will, but it vanished as soon as it no longer suited his purposes as he and the other contestants waited to take their places on stage he got in the face of one of his rivals. I always get the girl.
He snarled his eyes dark empty pits. The lack of a data game share. We reached the moment you heard from the rafters. We got some great dramatic presentations and good answered, but now I'm and ask you a question: will lead Davy Bachelor number one? That's their number two or bachelor number,
in its thirteen years on the air. The dating game had introduced America too. Many guess who would go on to celebrate a careers among
It's alumni were fair, foster, Bert rattles and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tonight's lucky bachelor would be no exception
within a year. His name would be no nation wide, though it would,
B for landing his own movie contract. Rather, he would be known to law enforcement agencies from Hollywood to New York and his dating game appearance would become legend
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on our way to school as he
those closer to the sidewalk. He can see her lips moving in an improvised little to when the light
changes to read. He paused to the current leans across the front seat
he knows how he needs to sound practices
modulating his voice. For every occasion he will be the adult, authoritative. Yet none threatening the kind of person her parents have taught her to him
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offers, her arrived the school as if it's the most natural thing, a daily routine. She
thousand she's not supposed to talk to strangers and continues on her way.
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back at him. Any scrunch is its shoulders as if slightly dejected, she doesn't remember him. He tells
his friends with her parents.
When he senses her uncertainty. He knows to back off.
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picture. He wants to shoulder
parents have seen it already and said, she'd really like it.
smiles again and reaches for the door handle knowing
almost their duty and he says
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what you are on the way to school. This is the critical moment he knows,
the slightest of no reaction from him will scare her away. She looks
any widens his eyes and a welcoming signal should
since the door and slides into passenger seat
even with her in the car. He knows it's only the first step she can jump out at any moment. So we need
to keep monitoring is every expression and gesture his voice soft. He asks about school, it's ok, she tells him
he turns off sunset and the traffic is lighter, she's distracted. Now, looking at the window
when they turn onto Delong pray in West Hollywood. She said:
It's not the right way to school. He tells area
stop off somewhere for just a minute when he pulled over in front of the apartment complex
she looks around the unfamiliar street. He smiles again. You know
how critical the next few seconds on their fifty feet from his door.
She seems, concern now
it only be a minute shores, are promising to get her to school on time.
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