Dating game contestant serial killer
In 2003, while a third trial of Alcala was being planned, his DNA, which had been sampled during his time in prison, connected him to two other victims.
In 2010, Alcala was tried for a total of five murders: Samsoe, Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb, and Jill Parenteau.
He received indeterminate sentencing, which meant he would be released from incarceration when he proved himself rehabilitated (the system was popular in the 1970s when sex offenders were convicted).
After 34 months, in 1974, he was released and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl named as "Julie J." in court records, forced her to smoke marijuana and kissed her.
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.
In December of 2012, he plead guilty to both murders.
On January 7 the following year, he was given another life sentence.
He confessed to knowing Hover, but denied committing the murder.
Since her body hadn't yet been found, he was let go.
He was also questioned as a convicted sex offender in connection with the Hillside Strangler investigation.
While in prison, he published a book titled You, The Jury, in which he denied killing Samsoe and posited another suspect.
He also tried to sue the California penal system twice; once for a slip-and-fall accident and once because the prison hadn't given him a low-fat diet.