In 1968, Alcala committed his first known crime, when he lured an eight-year-old girl into his Hollywood apartment – and then raped and beat her with a steel bar.
Alcala fled the state and rolled in the NYU film school under the alias of “John Berger.” In 1971, the FBI added Alcala to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
To evade the resulting arrest warrant he left the state and enrolled in the NYU film school, using the name "John Berger".
In 1971, he obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children using a slightly different alias, "John Burger".
He was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in that state between 19.
Rodney Alcala, one of the most infamous serial killers in U. history, would eventually be arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.(He remains in prison in California.) While Alcala's body count is unknown, police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least dozens of women, with some counts running as high as 130 – and there are still over 100 photographs of unidentified women who may have been his victims.But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.At least one estimate hypothesizes that he has killed as many as 130 people.Alcala’s parents were Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez. A military psychiatrist diagnosed him as having antisocial personality disorder, and Alcala was given a medical discharge. For some, even hearing his name sends chills down the spine.