The Dating Game Killer

The True Story of a TV Dating Show, a Violent Sociopath, and a Series of Brutal Murders

Stella Sands

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In 1978, Rodney Alcala was a contestant on the “The Dating Game,” one of America’s most popular television shows at the time. Handsome, successful, and romantic, he was embraced by the audience—and chosen as the winner by the beautiful bachelorette. To viewers across the country, Rodney seemed like the answer to every woman’s dreams. Until they learned the truth about his once and future crimes...

Ten years before his TV appearance, Rodney was charged with the sexual assault and attempted murder of an eight-year-old girl. In the decades that followed, he would be accused of seven murders—and, as new DNA evidence continues to be uncovered, the list may grow. The case is so disturbing that it’s been documented in several news outlets, from People magazine and USA Today to 48 Hours Mystery and Dr. PhilThe Dating Game Killer is the shocking true story about the dark and twisted man.

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The Dating Game Killer
PART IChapter OneNineteen sixty-eight was one hell of a year.Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.Nearly seventeen thousand U.S. armed forces died fighting in the Vietnam War.In the face of such real-life violence, dark currents began to flow through American culture. The horror movie Rosemary's Baby, directed by Roman Polanski, was a surprise success in Hollywood--both with critics and at the box office. It was about a group of Satanists who trick a young newlywed

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“Stella Sands true-crime THE DATING GAME KILLER recounts in detail the horrific torture-murders of Rodney James Alcala, one of our nation’s most coldblooded serial killers. Ms. Sands presents the crimes and evidence with professional skill and objectivity, using the actual prosecutors and courtroom testimony to “make the case.” But it is the real life voices of the victims’ many family members and their untold story [until now] of how they were forced to experience Justice delayed and Justice denied that truly chills us to the bone. A must read!”      —Steve Hodel, New York Times bestselling true-crime author, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder, Detective Supervisor, LAPD Hollywood Homicide Division (ret.)


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Stella Sands

Stella Sands is Executive Editor of Kids Discover, an award-winning magazine with over 400,000 subscribers geared to children 7 to 12 years old. She is author of four crime books, The Good Son, Murder at Yale, Behind the Mask—all available from St. Martin’s Press True Crime Library—and Baby-faced Butchers, as well as other works including Odyssea and Natural Disasters. Her plays, Lou Passin’ Through, Black-eyed Peas, and E-me, have been produced in Off-Off Broadway theaters in New York City.

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The Dating Game Killer
The True Story of a TV Dating Show, a Violent Sociopath, and a Series of Brutal Murders
Stella Sands

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's True Crime
October 2011
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312535896
ISBN10: 0312535899
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 416 pages, 8-page photograph insert
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's True Crime
October 2011
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ISBN: 9781429950336
ISBN10: 1429950331
416 pages, 8-page photograph insert
$7.99
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