He was sentenced to death in California in 2,010 for five murders committed in that state between 1,977 and 1,979.
In 2,013 he received an additional sentence of 25 years to life after pleading guilty to two homicides in New York in 1,971 and 1,977.
The story of serial killer Rodney Alcala, a smooth talker with a high I. who appeared on "The Dating Game" in 1978, is intertwined with the story of the mother of one of his victims; and the reaction of his mother once she realizes that he's a monster.
Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala was charged with murder Tuesday in Wyoming in the killing of a woman reported missing in 1977 – a charge authorities credited, in part, to information from the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Alcala was also convicted of sexually assaulting five of his murder victims.
An imprisoned serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game" before police threw him in jail has been charged with murder in connection to the 1977 killing of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in southwest Wyoming.
Rodney Alcala on Tuesday was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Christine Ruth Thornton.
Alcala appeared on the game show in 1978 -- the year after Thornton was found dead.
A bachelorette chose him among three suitors -- but after the show was taped, she reportedly refused to go out on a date with him.