Dating game contestant arrested
When they knocked on the door, he escaped out the back and evaded arrest. In 1971, Alcala is believed to have raped and strangled Cornelia Crilley, a Trans World Airlines flight attendant, in her Manhattan apartment.
He was placed on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list. The same year, two children at the camp saw the FBI's Wanted poster and told the camp's staff about it.
In 1978, in spite of his criminal record, Alcala was admitted as "Bachelor No. The host introduced him as a successful professional photographer.
Though Alcala won the contest, the female contestant wouldn't go on a date with him because she thought he was "creepy".
Since her body hadn't yet been found, he was let go.
He was also questioned as a convicted sex offender in connection with the Hillside Strangler investigation.
Earlier on the day of Samsoe's disappearance, Alcala had been seen trying to get her and one of her friends to get into swimsuits so he could take pictures of them but was chased away by a neighbor.
The previous day, he had tried to convince two teenage girls to do so by offering them marijuana.
His father, Raoul Alcala Buquor, abandoned the family when he was young. In 1968, he graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and later studied film under Roman Polanski (whose wife would later become a victim of the Manson Family) at New York University under the name "John Berger".In 2003, while a third trial of Alcala was being planned, his DNA, which had been sampled during his time in prison, connected him to two other victims.In 2010, Alcala was tried for a total of five murders: Samsoe, Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb, and Jill Parenteau.Shortly after arriving (coincidentally during the time that Son of Sam was active), he is believed to have killed Ellen Jane Hover, a 23-year-old socialite.Her datebook showed that she had a meeting with one "John Berger", Alcala's alias, on the date of her disappearance. A., Alcala got a job as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times.