Pictures dating game killer
(CNN) -- Dozens of tips have poured in after California authorities released more than 100 photos of women and children on Thursday that are believed to have been taken by a serial killer who appeared on the "Dating Game." Police determined Friday that two female minors in the pictures, taken in the 1970s, are alive and well.
They have received tips on a handful of other women who could be dead or missing, according to Patrick Ellis, a detective with the Huntington Beach Police Department.
His father moved the family to Mexico when Alcala was eight years old, only to abandoned them there three years later.
His mother then moved Alcala and his sister to suburban Los Angeles.
"People are saying that they recognize someone from their past, from school or college or the neighborhood beach," he said.
The two women who identified themselves from the photos on Friday were minors at the time the pictures were taken and are now in their 40s, Ellis said.
But thinking back on that, I probably did." But Alcala succeeded in charming Bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw from the other side of the "Dating Game" wall. Anyone with information regarding the identities of the women and children in the photographs found in Alcala's storage locker is asked to contact the Orange County District Attorney's Office or the Huntington Beach Police Department.
But at that very moment, he was keeping a deadly secret: he was an unrepentant serial killer.
Rodney Alcala was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943.The victim was Tali Shapiro, an eight-year-old girl he lured into his Hollywood apartment in 1968.Shapiro barely survived her rape and beating; her life saved by a passerby who’d reported a tip to police on a possible abduction.His signatures were beating, biting, raping, and strangling (often choking victims until the point of unconsciousness, then once they came to, he’d start the process over again).On his first known attempt at killing, he was successful at only two of these things.