Abcs the dating game
In 1980 he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for Samsoe's murder, but the verdict was overturned by the California Supreme Court because jurors had been improperly informed of his prior sex crimes.In 1986, after a second trial virtually identical to the first except for omission of the prior criminal record testimony, he was again convicted and sentenced to death."When I asked why he took the photos, he said their moms asked him to.I remember the girls were naked." "He said he was a professional, so in my mind I was being a model for him," said a woman who allowed Alcala to photograph her in 1979. spread after spread of [naked] teenage boys," she said.
In 1971, he obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children using a slightly different alias, "John Burger".
Less than two months after his release, he was re-arrested after assaulting a 13-year-old girl identified in court records as "Julie J.", who had accepted what she thought would be a ride to school.
Once again, he was paroled after serving two years of an "indeterminate sentence".
"One wonders what that did in his mind", Brown said. Her decomposing body was found 12 days later in the Los Angeles foothills.
Samsoe's friends told police that a stranger had approached them on the beach, asking to take their pictures.
In 1978, Alcala was a contestant on the popular game show The Dating Game.