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But in 2010, he was once again sentenced to death for the murder of five women, though authorities have still been unable to pin down a precise victim count.Last month, Alcala, who is currently held at California State Prison, Corcoran, was charged in the 1977 cold case murder of Christine Ruth Thornton.One of the many game shows he created was, The Dating Game… The innovative show highlighted a female contestant that was to decide who she wanted to go on a dream date with, based solely on a man’s answer to her questions. It was a ground-breaking concept wherein a young and beautiful woman would be a game show contestant interviewing three eligible bachelors.The bachelors were not called by name, but rather as, Bachelor No. The purpose of the interview was to determine which one she might have a romantic connection with.But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.
After host Jim Lange introduces “successful photographer” Alcala (“You might find him skydiving or motorcycling! ” “The best time is at night,” he replies, smiling. [Morning and afternoon] are okay, but nighttime is when it really gets good.” The convicted child rapist, then a typesetter at the Los Angeles Times, goes on to do a chilling impression of a “dirty old man.” He also answers a question about what he would be called if he were a meal by stating, “I’m called ‘The banana’ and I look really good.
Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala’s trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.
But now donning a sharp, brown suit and butterfly collar, Alcala had other things on his mind: Winning the affection of bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw.
Bradshaw recalled the experience in 2012, telling The Sunday Telegraph that she hoped the game show would lead her to true love. I didn’t want to see him again.” Thirty years after the show aired, Alcala’s competitors both recalled the serial killer’s odd demeanor.
Backstage after the show, however, she saw the real Alcala. “He was kind of a creepy guy,” Jed Mills, the bachelor next to Alcala, said in 2010.
Once everyone's paired up, the couples will compete for a free date on the town.