Alcala won the contest, and a date with “bachelorette” Cheryl Bradshaw, who subsequently refused to go out with him, according to published reports, because she found him “creepy”.
He later studied film at New York University under the tutelage of Roman Polanski.
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.
Dass Bradshaw damals nach dem Ausschalten der Kamera auf die gewonnenen Tennisstunden und den Besuch eines kalifornischen Freizeitsparks mit dem vermeintlichen Junggesellen verzichtete, rettete ihr wohl das Leben.
„Er war mir irgendwie unheimlich“, erinnerte sich Bradshaw 30 Jahre später, als Alcala mit immer mehr Morden in Verbindung gebracht wurde.
In 1978, despite his status as a convicted rapist and registered sex offender, Alcala was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game.
By then he had already killed at least two women in California and two others in New York.
Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of five women between 19 in California.
In January 2013 he plead guilty to two additional murders in New York.
Host Jim Lange introduced him as a “successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.
Between takes you might find him skydiving or motorcycling.” Actor Jed Mills, who competed against Alcala as “Bachelor #2”, later described him as a “very strange guy” with “bizarre opinions”.
An antisocial personality disorder is characterised by a blatant disregard for others – and that disregard shows itself through the violation of the rights of others.