Dating game contestant arrested
A Los Angeles National Forest ranger later testified that a man matching Alcala's description and driving the same make and model of car as him leading a girl down a stream on June 20. When the investigators searched Alcala's mother's house, they found a receipt for a storage locker in Seattle which turned out to contain hundreds of photos, mostly of young girls.
In many of the photos, the subjects are nude or dressed in swimwear. The locker also contained a pair of earrings which had belonged to Samsoe and another pair that was later found to have the DNA of Charlotte Lamb, a 31-year-old woman killed in her apartment building's laundry room in El Segundo in 1978, on them.
They reported Alcala to the authorities, leading to him being extradited to California.
Because Shapiro's family had moved to Mexico and wouldn't let their daughter testify, Alcala got off with a guilty plea for a lesser assault charge.
When they knocked on the door, he escaped out the back and evaded arrest. In 1971, Alcala is believed to have raped and strangled Cornelia Crilley, a Trans World Airlines flight attendant, in her Manhattan apartment.
He also tried to sue the California penal system twice; once for a slip-and-fall accident and once because the prison hadn't given him a low-fat diet.
Earlier on the day of Samsoe's disappearance, Alcala had been seen trying to get her and one of her friends to get into swimsuits so he could take pictures of them but was chased away by a neighbor.
The previous day, he had tried to convince two teenage girls to do so by offering them marijuana.
He was found guilty on all counts and is currently on death row in San Quentin State Prison.
In 2011, he was indicted for the New York murders of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover and may be extradited to the state in the future.In 1978, in spite of his criminal record, Alcala was admitted as "Bachelor No. The host introduced him as a successful professional photographer.