The crimes Alcala committed date to the late 1970s.
Nobody at the time knew the man with the wavy long hair and toothy grin was an apparent psychopath -- an unstable, antisocial personality.
(CNN) -- Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game." "Oh yeah, I remember it quite clearly," said Jed Mills, the game-show contestant who sat next to Alcala in 1978. Definitely creepy." Found guilty in February of murdering four women and a child, Alcala, 66, is acting as his own attorney in the penalty phase of the trial.
He is hoping to persuade the jury in Santa Ana, California, to spare his life.
But thinking back on that, I probably did." Alcala was able to charm Cheryl Bradshaw from the other side of the "Dating Game" wall. "He watched the game and he gave those answers and he won, so he learned some tricks.
"One wonders what that did in his mind," Brown said. She played hard to get.' " Mills said he still has a difficult time discussing Alcala. For the aughts, reality TV made sport of anxiety-producing cultural pressures—courtship is not only battling for the best mate, but also battling to live the great Stepford dream!—via dental hygienists in swimsuits and ex–football players named Colton.(Most amusing/egregious is Leonard, an otherwise charming 70-year-old whose overlong bit about dissecting frogs so annoys one dining partner that she gives him a simpler joke to use in the future.) Daters casually offer that they know of a post-dinner place around the corner—a cocktail bar, a dessert truck—and steer the date there again and again.
There’s also a whisper of surrealism in the editing: rainstorms cutting in and out at the same venue, or a full moon lighting multiple sidewalk canoodles."Between takes you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling. "Something about him, I could not be near him," Mills recalled. "He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it," Mills said. Before the decade was over, Alcala would claim four more victims, according to testimony at his trial.