Who is the dating game serial killer
Robin said okay, however, when a neighbour appeared and asked the girls if everything was okay, the man looked as though he had seen a ghost.Before they knew it, he had grabbed his camera and was gone.Instead he drove around with her and offered her marijuana.She got away, telling the police she had been kidnapped.On searching the apartment, police found it belonged to UCLA student Rodney Alcala. He took on a new identity as ‘John Berger’ and went to New York, where he enrolled in NYU Film School. While at NYU, he met Roman Polanski, who trained him in photography, a vital skill which Alcala would later use to lure and trap his victims.Also discovered in the apartment was photography equipment and many pictures of young girls. Alcala also got a job as a camp counsellor at an arts camp for girls in New Hampshire.On leaving the army in 1964, Alcala began a degree in Fine Arts at UCLA and graduated in 1968 with his BA.The same year, 8-year-old Tali Shapiro was abducted on her way to school.
Host Jim Lange introduced Alcala with this description:“A successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.”This wouldn’t have been as funny if they had known that Alcala was was actively killing women when he wasn’t participating in game shows.
She got to spend plenty of time at the beach and was looking forward to starting ballet classes.
Robin was described as fun, sweet, loving and happy. Robin loved to dance and had struck a deal with the ballet studio in town where she would work answering phones for a couple of hours in exchange for lessons.
Alcala plead guilty to child molestation and was sentenced to one year to life in prison.
At the time the US justice system was largely focussed on rehabilitating criminals and therefore indeterminate sentencing was practiced.