Serial killer on a dating game
When he was 12, he, his mother Anna Maria Gutierrez, and his sisters, Christine and Marie, moved to suburban Los Angeles. In the summer, he worked as a counselor at a drama camp for children in New Hampshire.
Alcala's first known victim was an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, whom he abducted as she was on her way to school.
Alcala went on trial for Samsoe's murder and was found guilty and sentenced to death in 1980.
The sentence was overturned twice, first in 1984 because the jury was told about his previous convictions before the trial and then again in 1986 on the grounds that a witness had been hypnotized.
Alcala was born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor in Texas in 1943. After he suffered a nervous breakdown, he was medically discharged when the military psychiatrist diagnosed him with antisocial personality disorder.
His father, Raoul Alcala Buquor, abandoned the family when he was young. In 1968, he graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and later studied film under Roman Polanski (whose wife would later become a victim of the Manson Family) at New York University under the name "John Berger".
By the time they arrived, Alcala had struck Shapiro with a steel rod and raped her.In spite of what he had done, he was only found guilty of giving marijuana to a minor and violating his parole and was released after two more years of indeterminate sentencing.In 1977, Alcala got permission from his parole officer to visit relatives in New York City.Shortly after arriving (coincidentally during the time that Son of Sam was active), he is believed to have killed Ellen Jane Hover, a 23-year-old socialite.Her datebook showed that she had a meeting with one "John Berger", Alcala's alias, on the date of her disappearance. A., Alcala got a job as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times.