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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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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
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 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.
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a second time, an appeals court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of Rodney James Alcala for the 1979 murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. The victim's mother, Marianne Connelly of Corona, was devastated when she learned about the ruling late Monday. "Oh, no! My God, how many times are they going to put us through this hell?" she said, sobbing. "This is just so unfair." U.S. District Judge Stephen V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The case against alleged serial killer Rodney James Alcala went to the jury Tuesday, setting the stage for a possible third conviction of a man who has twice been condemned to death row in the kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl. Each of those convictions was overturned. The case this time has expanded as authorities said they were able to tie Alcala to other 1970s-era slayings. Alcala, 66, is accused in the 1979 kidnapping and murder of Robin Samsoe, 12. He is also charged with murdering four Los Angeles County women between 1977 and 1979.
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
October 8, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A former professional photographer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the slaying of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl whose body was found dumped in the brushy foothills above Sierra Madre nearly a quarter of a century ago. It was the third time that Rodney James Alcala has entered such a plea. He has spent much of the last 23 years on death row for the slaying of Robin Samsoe, who was last seen near the Huntington Beach Pier as she rode a friend's bicycle to an afternoon dance class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
In July, when Los Angeles police arrested Lonnie Franklin Jr., the suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer, they scoured his South L.A. property for evidence. Among the unsettling discoveries was a cache of about 1,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of home video showing women, many of them partly or fully nude and striking sexually graphic poses. It was an eerie find in a case involving a man who is thought to have sexually assaulted his victims before or after killing them. Police also cannot account for large swaths of Franklin's life, including a 14-year gap between his alleged killings, during which investigators suspect he killed other women.
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 20, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The day after a jury voted for the death penalty for serial killer Rodney James Alcala, police detectives released a trove of photographs of women and children they seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker the killer rented just as police were closing in on him. Detectives said they wanted to know who these people were and whether they might have gone missing during Alcala's murder spree in the late 1970s. Since then, detectives have spent their days fielding a flood of phone calls from people whose loved ones have been missing for decades.
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 26, 2010
1972 -- Alcala is convicted in the 1968 rape and beating of an 8-year-old girl. Nov. 10, 1977 -- The body of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb is found in the Hollywood Hills. She had been sexually assaulted, bludgeoned and strangled with a pair of blue pants. Dec. 16, 1977 -- Georgia Wixted, 27, a registered nurse, is found beaten to death at her home in Malibu. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. 1978 - Alcala appears in an episode of "The Dating Game" as Bachelor No. 1. June 24, 1978 -- Charlotte Lamb, 32, a legal secretary from Santa Monica, is found in the laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2010
1972 -- Alcala is convicted in the 1968 rape and beating of an 8-year-old girl. Nov. 10, 1977 -- The body of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb is found in the Hollywood Hills. She had been sexually assaulted, bludgeoned and strangled with a pair of blue pants. Dec. 16, 1977 -- Georgia Wixted, 27, a registered nurse, is found beaten to death at her home in Malibu. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. 1978 - Alcala appears in an episode of "The Dating Game" as Bachelor No. 1. June 24, 1978 -- Charlotte Lamb, 32, a legal secretary from Santa Monica, is found in the laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The day after a jury voted for the death penalty for serial killer Rodney James Alcala, police detectives released a trove of photographs of women and children they seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker the killer rented just as police were closing in on him. Detectives said they wanted to know who these people were and whether they might have gone missing during Alcala's murder spree in the late 1970s. Since then, detectives have spent their days fielding a flood of phone calls from people whose loved ones have been missing for decades.
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.
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