Rodney Alcala: Extreme Serial Killer
In December 1977, Georgia Wixted, a 27-year-old nurse, was discovered dead in her Malibu apartment. This was just a month after Jill Barcomb's murder — and a mere few days after the FBI had questioned Rodney Alcala regarding Ellen Hover's death in New York earlier that year.
Wixted, 27, was last seen when she drove another nurse, Barbara Gale, home from a bar. When she didn't show up for work the next day, Gale and their coworkers reported her missing. Police arrived at Wixted's apartment to find signs of forced entry. Wixted was posed naked on her bedroom floor, strangled with her nylons. She'd been sexually assaulted and her skull had been bashed in, apparently with a nearby hammer, and her genitals had been mutilated. Prosecutors now say DNA evidence and a handprint found at the scene match Alcala's.
Rodney Alcala's crimes seem to have been falling into a pattern. But no one saw it at the time.
In June 1978, Charlotte Lamb, a 32-year-old legal secretary from Santa Monica, was found dead under similar circumstances in the laundry room of the apartment complex where she was living in El Segundo. She'd been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled with a shoelace, and was posed with her hands behind her back.
DNA at the scene would once again turn out to match that of Rodney Alcala, and DNA on a pair of earrings found in his storage locker after Robin Samsoe's murder would eventually prove to match Lamb's DNA.
Alcala had been interviewed by the Hillside Strangler Task Force in conjunction with Jill Barcomb's death just weeks before he allegedly raped and killed Lamb.
There would be more.
In February 1979, Rodney Alcala later confessed, he picked up a 15-year-old hitchhiker in Riverside County. He drove "Monique H." to his apartment, and they engaged in intercourse, supposedly with her consent. In the morning, they drove to the mountains. Alcala took nude photos of her, as well as several of the two of them simulating sex acts.
But he scared her. She screamed and tried to get away. He tied her up, beat, and raped her. In his confession he would claim that it hadn't been planned and that things had gone wrong. He'd lost control of the situation. He drove her back to Riverside. From a motel, she called police to report the rape and kidnapping.
Rodney Alcala's mother posted bail. And he would strike again.
In June 1979, Jill Parenteau, a 21-year-old computer keypunch operator, left work early to go to a baseball game. When she didn't make it to work the next day, police went to her Burbank apartment to investigate. They once again found a scene of forced entry, and a woman dead. Parenteau was dead, naked on her bathroom floor. She was posed with pillows under her shoulders. She'd been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. Her killer cut himself crawling in a window; blood evidence matching that of 3% of the population did not rule out or confirm Rodney Alcala as the perpetrator.
Parenteau's friend, Katharine Bryant, testified that she and Parenteau had met Alcala at a club several times.
The same month that Jill Parenteau was raped and murdered, Alcala allegedly killed an underage girl.