After a stint in the army, Alcala graduated from UCLA and attended NYU, leaving a trail of victims in his wake.Alcala has been convicted of committing five murders and has confessed to an additional 30.
In 1972, Alcala raped and tortured eight-year-old Tali Shapiro, then beat her to within an inch of her life with a steel bar - but she survived.
Unfortunately, her parents wouldn't let her testify against him, which might have led to a longer jail sentence.
You know a true crime tale is genuinely intriguing when it is constantly evolving and new evidence is being uncovered, even after the focal point of the story has been in prison for decades.
That is certainly what’s happened in the case of serial killer Rodney Alcala, also known as the “Dating Game Killer.” Alcala has been behind bars in California since 1979, but, as recently as September 2016, the sordid story of his crimes was still unfolding.
They never did go on that date though, as Bradshaw thought he was creepy.