CORCORAN, Calif. -- A prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed "The Dating Game Killer" died Saturday portion awaiting execution successful California, authorities said. Rodney James Alcala was 77.
He died of earthy causes astatine a infirmary successful San Joaquin Valley, California, situation officials said successful a statement.
Alcala was sentenced to decease successful 2010 for 5 slayings successful California betwixt 1977 and 1979, including that of a 12-year-old girl, though authorities estimation helium whitethorn person killed up to 130 radical crossed the country.
Alcala received an further 25 years to beingness successful 2013 aft pleading blameworthy to 2 homicides successful New York.
He was charged again successful 2016 aft DNA grounds connected him to the 1977 decease of a 28-year-old pistillate whose remains were recovered successful a distant country of southwest Wyoming. But a authoritative said Alcala was excessively sick to look proceedings successful the decease of the woman, who was six months large erstwhile she died.
California's decease enactment is successful San Quentin State Prison adjacent San Francisco, but for years Alcala had been housed much than 200 miles distant astatine a situation successful Corcoran wherever helium could person aesculapian attraction astir the clock.
Prosecutors said Alcala stalked women similar prey and took earrings arsenic trophies from immoderate of his victims.
"You're talking astir a feline who is hunting done Southern California looking for radical to termination due to the fact that helium enjoys it," Orange County, California, authoritative Matt Murphy said during his trial.
Investigators accidental his existent unfortunate number whitethorn ne'er beryllium known.
Earrings helped enactment him connected decease row, though Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium connected executions truthful agelong arsenic helium is governor.
The parent of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe testified astatine his execution proceedings that a brace of golden shot earrings recovered successful a jewelry pouch successful Alcala's retention locker belonged to her daughter.
But Alcala claimed that the earrings were his and that a video clip from his 1978 quality connected "The Dating Game" shows him wearing the studs astir a twelvemonth earlier Samsoe died. He denied the slayings and cited inconsistencies successful witness' accounts and descriptions.
California prosecutors said Alcala besides took earrings from astatine slightest 2 of his big victims arsenic trophies.
Two of the 4 women were posed nude aft their deaths, 1 was raped with a claw hammer and each were repeatedly strangled and resuscitated to prolong their agony, prosecutors said.
Investigators said 1 victim's DNA was recovered connected a rose-shaped earring successful Alcala's possession, and his DNA was recovered successful her body.
He had been sentenced to decease doubly earlier successful Samsoe's murder, but some convictions were overturned. He was charged successful the slayings of the 4 big women much than 2 decades aboriginal based connected caller DNA and different forensic evidence.
After the verdict, authorities released much than 100 photos of young women and girls recovered successful Alcala's possession successful hopes of linking him to different unsolved murders astir the country.
"There is execution and rape and past determination is the unequivocal carnage of a Rodney Alcala-style murder," Bruce Barcomb, the member of 18-year-old unfortunate Jill Barcomb, said arsenic Alcala was sentenced to death.
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