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Rodney Alcala, “Dating Game” murderer

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala on The Dating Game.

In 1978, Rodney Alcala was a winning contestant on the television game show “The Dating Game.” Rodney would eventually be famous for other reasons which included ruthless murders of women and teenage boys. As time goes on, suspicion continues to rise on how many people Rodney has actually killed.

Born: August 23, in San Antonio, Texas.

Sentenced: Sentenced to death following conviction for five murders in California, and 25 years to life for two murders in New York.

Victims: True victim count unknown, speculated between 8 and 130.


• Rodney’s birth name is Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor.

• Rodney joined the U.S. Army at 17 years-old.

The many faces of Rodney Alcala.



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