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Rodney Alcala

Rodney AlcalaAKA Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor

Born: 23-Aug-1943
Birthplace: San Antonio, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute [1]
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Dating Game killer

Military service: US Army (1961-64)

Serial rapist and murderer, introduced on The Dating Game for his 1978 appearance as: "A successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed. Between takes you might find him skydiving or motorcycling." His appearance was in the midst of his murder spree. It is likely Alcala has killed others, though estimates vary as to how many victims -- it may be as high as dozens. He is on Death Row in California and faces charges in New York State.


[1] The Huntington Beach Police Department seized the contents of a Seattle storage locker rented by Alcala, among which were numerous photographs he had taken of women and some teenage boys in the late 1970s. In 2010, the department took an unusual step by requesting assistance from the public in identifying the individuals depicted.

Father: Raoul Alcala Buquor
Mother: Anna Maria Gutierrez
Sister: Christine De La Cerda
Sister: Marie Troiano
Girlfriend: Elizabeth Kelleher

    University: BA, University of California at Los Angeles (1968)
    University: New York University

    Nervous Breakdown (1964)
    Battery Hollywood, CA (1968)
    Kidnapping Hollywood, CA (1968)
    Sexual Assault Hollywood, CA (1968)
    Murder New York City (12-Jun-1971), indicted (2011), pled guilty (2013)
    Rape New York City (12-Jun-1971), indicted (2011)
    Extradited from New Hampshire to California (Aug-1971)
    Violating Parole (1974)
    Drug Possession: Marijuana (1974)
    Murder New York City (15-Jul-1977), indicted (2011), pled guilty (2013)
    Murder Hollywood, CA (Nov-1977)
    Rape Hollywood, CA (Nov-1977)
    Murder Malibu, CA (Dec-1977)
    Rape Malibu, CA (Dec-1977)
    Drug Possession: Marijuana (Mar-1978), incarcerated
    Murder El Segundo, CA (Jun-1978)
    Rape El Segundo, CA (Jun-1978)
    Kidnapping Riverside County, CA (Feb-1979)
    Rape Riverside County, CA (Feb-1979)
    Murder Burbank, CA (Jun-1979)
    Rape Burbank, CA (Jun-1979)
    Murder Huntington Beach, CA (20-Jun-1979)
    Inmate: San Quentin State Prison (1980-)

    TELEVISION
    The Dating Game Contestant (1978)

Author of books:
You, the Jury (1994, memoir)


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