"Hogwash. He's as guilty as anybody who has ever come through this department."
That's what Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin, usually known for his soft-spoken, low-key demeanor, said in rejecting Rodney James Alcala's claim that he did not kill a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl in 1979.
In sentencing the 41-year-old Alcala to die in the gas chamber, McCartin characterized the abduction and murder of Robin Samsoe as "vicious and malevolent in every sense of the word."
It was the second time that Alcala, a part-time photographer from Monterey Park with a history of assaulting and sexually abusing young girls, had received the death sentence for the Samsoe killing.