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January 28, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
For nearly 30 years, authorities believed Rodney Alcala was a brutal killer who had abducted and killed a 12-year-old girl in an Orange County beach town in 1979. Then, after gathering other evidence, they tied him to the rape and murder of four Los Angeles County women in the late 1970s. Now, authorities say, they're ready to take him to New York and try him for two other long-ago murders. On Thursday, Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. announced that a grand jury had voted to indict Alcala on murder charges in the deaths of two young women, cases that Vance said "have haunted New York since the 1970s.
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January 20, 2013 | Frank Shyong
For more than 35 years, former Marin County Sheriff's Det. Richard Keaton kept her photo at his desk. A pretty blond girl at an Oakland A's game smiles at the camera lens through a halo of feathered hair, hand perched on her hip. It's one of the last photos taken of 19-year-old Pamela Lambson alive. That day, authorities believe, she met a charming photographer who offered to help her launch a singing career. Rodney James Alcala, a former contestant on "The Dating Game" and now a convicted serial killer, is believed to have traveled the country for nearly a decade in the 1970s, raping and killing women he first flattered with his camera.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Rodney Alcala sat before an Orange County jury Tuesday and took the panel through a long-ago murder case, trying his utmost to sound like a polished defense attorney. But he's hardly that. The shaggy-haired man has been locked up for 30 years, and he's back in court facing the death penalty for the third time in the killing of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Now, though, Alcala is charged not only in Samsoe's death but also in the rape and murder of four Los Angeles County women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
For nearly 30 years, authorities believed Rodney Alcala was a brutal killer who had abducted and killed a 12-year-old girl in an Orange County beach town in 1979. Then, after gathering other evidence, they tied him to the rape and murder of four Los Angeles County women in the late 1970s. Now, authorities say, they're ready to take him to New York and try him for two other long-ago murders. On Thursday, Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. announced that a grand jury had voted to indict Alcala on murder charges in the deaths of two young women, cases that Vance said "have haunted New York since the 1970s.
OPINION
October 26, 2003
Re "Girl's Accused Killer Nears His Third Trial," Oct. 8: The Times article about Rodney Alcala's new trial should be required reading for the judges on the courts of appeal that keep granting him a new trial. The agony that Marianne Connelly, the victim's mother, goes through each time is well described. Alcala is one of the most evil men to ever go before my father, Judge Don McCartin. To continue granting him a new trial and subjecting the brave Connelly to another round of what must be absolute torture is inhumane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2008 | David Haldane
A man accused of killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl as well as four Los Angeles County women in the 1970s will stand trial on all five cases simultaneously in Orange County, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. "We are gratified," the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement regarding the decision to set aside an earlier appeals court ruling requiring separate trials for Rodney Alcala, 64. "Had the cases been split up," the statement said, "families of some of the victims would not have seen justice . . . for at least another decade."
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April 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
State prosecutors went to court Friday for the first time under California's "Son of Sam" law to prevent criminals from cashing in on books they write or other self-promoting enterprises. Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said his office sued over earnings from a book by Death Row inmate Rodney Alcala and a 900-number phone line featuring former Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt. Money recovered from the convicted killers will go to the families of their victims, Lungren said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1986 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Convicted killer Rodney Alcala, still denying that he murdered 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, turned to jurors in Orange County Superior Court Wednesday and asked them to spare his life, saying: "Please don't kill me. I don't think I should die for something I didn't do." The appeal came at the end of the penalty phase of Alcala's trial for the 1979 slaying of the Huntington Beach girl.
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June 10, 1986 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Monday rejected convicted killer Rodney Alcala's request to have the case against him dismissed because of an inadequate defense, a move that one prosecutor alleged was a ploy by Alcala to stay off Death Row for as long as possible. Judge Donald A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Before Rodney James Alcala was led away by sheriff's deputies Tuesday, having been sentenced to death for the third time, the friends and families of his victims addressed the defendant and the court. Much has been written about the brief life and brutal death of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe over the three decades during which Alcala, now 66, was tried and retried for kidnapping and murdering the young ballet dancer. Less is known about the other victims, whose names during Alcala's latest trial were often listed briefly, in order of the date of their deaths: Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parenteau.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Before Rodney James Alcala was led away by sheriff's deputies Tuesday, having been sentenced to death for the third time, the friends and families of his victims addressed the defendant and the court. Much has been written about the brief life and brutal death of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe over the three decades during which Alcala, now 66, was tried and retried for kidnapping and murdering the young ballet dancer. Less is known about the other victims, whose names during Alcala's latest trial were often listed briefly, in order of the date of their deaths: Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parenteau.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
It took an Orange County jury about one hour Tuesday to vote for the death penalty for convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala. The photographer and onetime "Dating Game" contestant was convicted last month of murdering four Los Angeles County women and a 12-year-old girl from Huntington Beach in the late 1970s. "He's a monster. He's not a human being," said a juror who identified himself only by his first name, Vic. Just hours before they rendered their verdict, Alcala asked jurors to spare him, saying they would become killers themselves if they sent him to death row and arguing that the sentence would lead to decades of appeals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Tali S. came to court Tuesday in a simple black dress, a thin red belt around her waist. It's been 42 years since she was attacked, but she still remembers the man who picked her up when she was 8 years old. She had told him she wasn't supposed to talk to strangers. He'd said he knew her family. He asked her to get in his car, took her to his home and said he wanted to show her a photo. She doesn't remember the attack. But she spoke firmly as she recounted the ways it changed her life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel and Christopher Goffard
Rodney James Alcala, a onetime photographer and "Dating Game" contestant, was convicted Thursday of murdering four women and a 12-year-old girl during a killing rampage in Los Angeles and Orange counties in the late 1970s. An Orange County jury took less than two days to render the verdict after a bizarre trial in which Alcala represented himself, offering a rambling defense to accusations that he was a prolific serial killer who tortured his victims. It was the third time Alcala, 66, has been convicted of the murder of Robin Samsoe, a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl last seen alive riding her bike to ballet class in June 1979.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Day after day, Robert and Tim Samsoe sit together in the third row of a Santa Ana courtroom, united in grief, reliving a nightmare. The man they believe murdered their little sister in 1979 after a day at the beach sits a few feet away -- on trial for a third time. Over three decades, Rodney James Alcala, 66, has been convicted and sentenced to death twice in the murder of Robin Samsoe, 12. Both convictions were reversed on appeal and Alcala was ordered retried. He spent the intervening years in custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The 20-second video clip shown to an Orange County jury Tuesday was a brief moment out of time. In it, serial murder suspect Rodney James Alcala, bachelor No. 1 in a 1978 episode of "The Dating Game," and the young woman who chose him blow kisses to the audience and dance in place. His hair is shoulder-length, straightened and feathered. His brown suit has wide lapels and his white shirt has the top buttons undone. "You have to watch really closely when it plays because it's just a flash," Alcala told the jury just before the video was projected on a large screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
It took an Orange County jury about one hour Tuesday to vote for the death penalty for convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala. The photographer and onetime "Dating Game" contestant was convicted last month of murdering four Los Angeles County women and a 12-year-old girl from Huntington Beach in the late 1970s. "He's a monster. He's not a human being," said a juror who identified himself only by his first name, Vic. Just hours before they rendered their verdict, Alcala asked jurors to spare him, saying they would become killers themselves if they sent him to death row and arguing that the sentence would lead to decades of appeals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Day after day, Robert and Tim Samsoe sit together in the third row of a Santa Ana courtroom, united in grief, reliving a nightmare. The man they believe murdered their little sister in 1979 after a day at the beach sits a few feet away -- on trial for a third time. Over three decades, Rodney James Alcala, 66, has been convicted and sentenced to death twice in the murder of Robin Samsoe, 12. Both convictions were reversed on appeal and Alcala was ordered retried. He spent the intervening years in custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Rodney Alcala sat before an Orange County jury Tuesday and took the panel through a long-ago murder case, trying his utmost to sound like a polished defense attorney. But he's hardly that. The shaggy-haired man has been locked up for 30 years, and he's back in court facing the death penalty for the third time in the killing of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Now, though, Alcala is charged not only in Samsoe's death but also in the rape and murder of four Los Angeles County women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Rodney James Alcala has been sentenced to death twice after being convicted of killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl who was kidnapped as she rode her bicycle to ballet class. Twice those convictions were reversed on appeal. Now Alcala, who has been behind bars for three decades, is on trial a third time and has chosen to represent himself. This time he is charged not only in Robin Samsoe's death but in the murders of four Los Angeles County women. Starting in 2001, while Alcala's second conviction was going through the appeals process, Los Angeles County investigators discovered DNA evidence they say links Alcala to the murders of women who were sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled in the two years before Samsoe's murder.
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