Rodney Alcala was a charming contestant on The Dating Game in 1978, but then he shocked the nation when he turned out to be a serial killer.
There was applause when a jury recommended the death penalty for the man said to have a near-genius I.Q. Now Alcala is a suspect in two cold-case murders on the other side of the country.
Flight attendant Cornelia M. Crilley, 23, was brutally murdered in New York City in 1971. She was found in her Upper East Side apartment building, raped and strangled.
For forty long years Crilley's killer has remained at large, but at long last, authorities believe they've got their man. They say they linked Alcala to Crilley's murder by matching his dental impression to a bite mark left on her body.
Aspiring orchestra conductor Ellen J. Hover, also 23, was the daughter of a Hollywood nightclub owner. Her godfathers were legendary Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
She vanished in the summer of 1977, and "missing" signs were posted on lampposts all over New York. Her remains were found a year later on an estate north of the city.
What was Alcala's New York connection? During the early 1970s, he lived in the city and worked as a photographer. Shortly before Hover vanished, she had an appointment for a photo session with Alcala.
It seems these two cold cases may be solved at last.
More than 200 photographs of women were found in Alcala's possession, and authorities believe there are other deaths that could be attributed to him.