Nicknamed the Dating Game Killer because of his appearance on the show, Alcala turned out to be a horrendous serial killer and rapist.
He had already killed at least two women before sweeping bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw off her feet.
Police believe Alcala killed 28-year-old Thornton, of San Antonio, Texas, during the summer of 1977 and disposed of her body in a remote area northeast of Granger in rural southwest Wyoming.
Human remains found by a local rancher in 1982 weren’t identified as Thornton’s until 2015.
CNN even had another former Dating Game contestant on to astutely comment on what it was like to be on the Dating Game with Alcala. I think he's still bitter about losing out to a serial murderer on the show.
If you ask me, he came off creepier than Alcala on the `70's Dating Game clip.) CNN couldn't help to keep the idiotic soundbites coming. Too bad Alcala wasn't on Jeopardy, they could have said: "The answer: Rodney James Alcala.
While evidence suggests that he may have killed between 50 and 130 women, his true victim count remains unknown.
(The date would have involved tennis lessons and a trip to Magic Mountain.) All I can ask: is there a Dating Game in hell?
According to Sweetwater County officials, a relative of Thornton who had been searching for her since her 1977 disappearance was looking through those photographs in 2013 when they recognized the young woman.
A Philadelphia native, Barris grew up in Bala Cynwyd and graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University. Barris is certainly responsible for an outrageous form of television that led the TV man to dub himself “The King of Daytime Television.” Critics, however, were less kind, referring to Barris in his heyday as “The King of Schlock” and “The Baron of Bad Taste.” So, with that legacy in mind, we have rounded up some of the weirdest, most outrageous TV moments made possible by Barris.
While pursuing an appeal in California, Alcala also indicted in the killings of two women in New York City in the 1970s, to which he pleaded guilty.
Alcala is a former photographer and a one-time dating-show contestant, sometimes known as the “Dating Game Killer,” who has been behind bars since 1979.
He would go on to get his start in entertainment at NBC in New York before moving back to Philadelphia to tail Dick Clark at Whether he killed people in the name of the U. Because, despite what the man himself said in a 2003 interview with the A. Club, TV likely wouldn’t have been the same without him. You have encouraged us in our mission — to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.