Serial killer Rodney Alcala to be extradited in New York slayings
- From: Beaver Fever <Beaver_Fever@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 09:01:33 -0800 (PST)
Rodney Alcala, one of California’s most notorious killers and a death
row inmate, can be extradited to New York to stand trial in two
decades-old murder cases, a judge ruled this week.
Rodney Alcala, 68, was indicted in New York last year in the
strangulation deaths of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover in the 1970s.
Prosecutors allege that Alcala raped and strangled Crilley, a 23-year-
old flight attendant, in her Manhattan apartment in 1971.
They also accuse Alcala of killing Ellen Hover, 23, the daughter of a
Hollywood nightclub owner, who was found slain in 1977 not far from
her family's estate in Westchester County, authorities said.
Alcala lived in New York at the time of the killings. His extradition
is tentatively set for April 6 unless a higher court intervenes.
Alcala, a photographer and one-time "Dating Game" contestant, is on
death row at San Quentin State Prison after being convicted two years
ago in the strangulation deaths of four Los Angeles-area women and a
12-year-old Huntington Beach girl who was kidnapped as she rode her
bicycle to a ballet class.
Before his 2010 trial in Orange County, Alcala had twice before been
convicted of killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. The earlier
convictions, however, were all reversed.
Alcala's other California victims were Jill Barcomb, an 18-year-old
runaway who was killed in the Hollywood Hills on Nov. 10, 1977;
Georgia Wixted, a 27-year-old registered nurse who was killed Dec. 16,
1978; Charlotte Lamb, 32, who was slain on June 24, 1978; and Jill
Parenteau, 21, who was killed June 14, 1979.
After his conviction, police released more than 100 photographs of
women and girls that were seized more than 30 years ago from a storage
locker Alcala rented.
Alcala is also suspected of killing 19-year-old Pamela Jean Lambson of
San Jose in 1977. Lambson, an aspiring model, was strangled and dumped
on Mt. Tamalpais after being lured to her death by a man claiming to
be a professional photographer.
Deputies say a photo of Alcala in the 1970s is very similar to a
sketch of the suspect in the Bay Area murder. However, authorities
said they do not plan to prosecute Alcala for Lambson's death because
the DNA evidence has become too degraded.
Alcala appeared on television as "Bachelor No. 1" on a 1978 episode of
"The Dating Game." The female contestant chose Alcala over the other
two bachelors, but reportedly decided against going on a date with him.
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