Dating game show killer
This is the same year that he kidnapped, raped, beat and tried to kill his first known victim.
Tali Shapiro was an 8-year-old on her way to school when she was lured into Alcala's car, an act that did not go unnoticed by a nearby motorist who followed the two and contacted police.
Alcala, now using the name John Berger, fled to New York and enrolled in NYU film school.
From 1968 to 1971, even though he was listed on the FBI's most wanted list, he lived undetected and in full view.
Alcala was again tried and convicted of the murder of Samsoe in 1986 and was again sentenced to the death penalty.
The second conviction was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Playing the role of a "groovy" film student, amateur photographer, single hot shot, Alcala moved around New York's single clubs.
When police arrived, they kicked in the door and found Tali laying on the kitchen floor in a large puddle of blood and not breathing.
While awaiting his third trial for the murder of Samsoe, DNA collected from the murder scenes of Barcomb, Wixted, and Lamb was linked to Alcala.
He was charged with the four Los Angeles murders, including Parenteau.
Alcala was also identified by several people as the photographer from the beach on the day Samsoe was kidnapped.
Following an investigation, Alcala was charged, tried, and convicted for Samsoe's murder in 1980. The conviction was later overturned by the California Supreme Court.
Alcala, charged with rape, kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder, accepted a deal to plead guilty to child molestation. He was sentenced to one year to life and was paroled after 34 months under the "indeterminate sentencing" program.