In 1978, despite his status as a convicted rapist and registered sex offender, Alcala was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game.
By then he had already killed at least two women in California and two others in New York.
An antisocial personality disorder is characterised by a blatant disregard for others – and that disregard shows itself through the violation of the rights of others.
’ But what Cheryl Bradshaw, the telly host, the producers and the viewing public didn’t realise was Rodney Alcala was a vicious sexual predator who’d already killed. Exact details are unclear, but he was diagnosed by an army doctor with an antisocial personality disorder.
Shortly after his birth, his dad abandoned him, his mum and his sisters. Rodney served as a military clerk until a couple of months on when he had some sort of nervous breakdown.
900 more photos were too explicit for public consumption.
She’d choose one of the three men contestants to accompany her on a date to a local LA amusement park. But as recently as 2010, the police released 120 of Rodney’s photos to the public with the hope of identifying the models in them.
It means Rodney would want to resist social norms and laws. And would not understand even the concept of remorse. Rodney coaxed her into his flat, raped her and beat her with a steel bar.
Als der amerikanische Vergewaltiger und Mörder die Lehrerin Cheryl Bradshaw im September 1978 vor der Kamera der Kuppelsendung mit erotischen Anzüglichkeiten umwarb, willigte die Neunundzwanzigjährige strahlend ein, einen Tag mit dem dunkelgelockten Fotografen zu verbringen.
„Wir werden eine tolle Zeit zusammen haben“, hatte Alcala der Lehrerin vor einem Millionenpublikum versprochen.
Dass Bradshaw damals nach dem Ausschalten der Kamera auf die gewonnenen Tennisstunden und den Besuch eines kalifornischen Freizeitsparks mit dem vermeintlichen Junggesellen verzichtete, rettete ihr wohl das Leben.
„Er war mir irgendwie unheimlich“, erinnerte sich Bradshaw 30 Jahre später, als Alcala mit immer mehr Morden in Verbindung gebracht wurde.
Eventually, Rodney would be convicted of five murders. His killing method would also seem cruel in the extreme. Or he’d strangle them almost to death, only to revive them and start strangling them once more.