Prior to the taping of the show, he had already raped and murdered 2 woman and an 18 year old girl. US detectives fear "genius" serial killer Rodney Alcala, who butchered a schoolgirl and four women, may be a "new Ted Bundy" who is responsible for up to 30 more murders.
Prosecutors said Alcala met Thornton on a road trip before killing her and burying her body on a ranch, the San Jose Mercury News reported.Alcala was also convicted of sexually assaulting five of his murder victims. Investigators believe the now 73-year-old Alcala killed Thornton in Sweetwater County based on a photo that appears to show her on remote public land near Granger, near where her remains were found.The photo was found while searching Alcala's possessions during a previous investigation.
An imprisoned serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game" before police threw him in jail has been charged with murder in connection to the 1977 killing of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in southwest Wyoming.Rodney Alcala on Tuesday was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Christine Ruth Thornton.