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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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March 25, 2011 | By Donald A. McCartin
In 1978, the first time Jerry Brown was governor of California, he appointed me to a judgeship in the Superior Court of Orange County. It was a gutsy move on his part, a liberal Democrat naming a right-wing Republican to the bench. I served there until 1993, after which I sat on assignment on death cases throughout California. During that time, I presided over 10 murder cases in which I sentenced the convicted men to die. As a result, I became known as "the hanging judge of Orange County," an appellation that, I will confess, I accepted with some pride.
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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.
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January 1, 1993
The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence of Rodney James Alcala, 47, convicted of the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Robin's body was found in the foothills of Angeles National Forest on July 2, 1979, two days after she was last seen alive on a bicycle near the Huntington Beach Pier. Alcala, a part-time photographer from Monterey Park, was convicted of the slaying a year later and sentenced to die.
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August 24, 1986 | Times staff writers Mark Landsbaum and Jerry Hicks compiled the Week in Review stories.
"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."
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June 21, 1986 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Rodney James Alcala, who got a reprieve from San Quentin's Death Row a year ago, was given a death sentence for the second time Friday for the slaying of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl. The jury's verdict came seven years to the day after Robin Samsoe disappeared near the Huntington Beach Pier on June 20, 1979. Her body was found 12 days later in the Sierra Madre foothills of Los Angeles County. Samsoe's mother, Maryann Frazier, was shaking moments before the jury verdict.
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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.
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November 23, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An accused serial killer who has been behind bars for 25 years for allegedly killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl pleaded not guilty Tuesday to slaying four women in Los Angeles County. Rodney James Alcala, 62, was indicted on the charges in September after detectives said they had linked him to blood and DNA evidence from the 1970s crimes. Jill Barcomb, 18, was found bludgeoned and strangled Nov. 10, 1977, three weeks after she moved to California from Oneida, N.Y.
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