April 8, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Actor Jay Allen ( Upper left) portrays serial killer Rodney Alcala (Upper right) in Reelz TV “Murder Made Me Famous” Season 3, Episode 9 “The Dating Game Killer.”
Author and former LAPD Homicide Detective Steve Hodel (Lower right) was interviewed for the show regarding the circumstances of his original 1971 arrest of Alcala for the Hollywood attempt murder/child molestation of 8-year-old victim Tali Shapiro. After a three-year-search, Detective Hodel arrested and extradited Rodney Alcala from New Hampshire where he was employed as a school counselor at a teenage girls school and extradited him back to Los Angeles. Alcala was convicted on the Hollywood crimes and received a “1-99 year prison sentence” but was released after only two-years after a prison psychiatrist deemed him “cured and fit to reenter society.”
Here is a previous interview I did for CBS News back in 2010 that provides an overview of my original investigation and arrest of Alcala for the 1968 Tali Shapiro attempt murder/assault.
Alcala would go on to commit more than a dozen murders across the nation and some estimates believe his count could be much higher, possibly over a hundred? Most of his convictions were the result of a positive DNA match found at the various crime scenes.
Alcala has been incarcerated and has been serving a prison sentence on Death Row for past thirty-nine years.
Alcala has been featured in numerous documentaries.
The latest is REELZ “The Dating Game Killer” Season 3, Episode 9 of “Murder Made Me Famous”.