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But it's very hard to say you have reasonable doubt on all five, especially when four of the five aren't alleged by eyewitnesses but are proven by DNA matches." He took the stand in his own defense, and for five hours played the roles of both interrogator and witness, asking himself questions (addressing himself as "Mr.Alcala" in a deeper-than-normal voice), and then answering them.In 2016, he was charged with the 1977 murder of a woman identified in one of his photos.He is sometimes called the "Dating Game Killer" because of his 1978 appearance on the television show The Dating Game in the midst of his murder spree.In 1977, after Alcala's second release, his Los Angeles parole officer took the unusual step of permitting a repeat offender—and known flight risk—to travel to New York City.
He was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in that state between 19.In 1954 his mother moved Alcala and his siblings (two sisters and a brother) to suburban Los Angeles when he was about 11 years old. To evade the resulting arrest warrant, Alcala 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".Alcala used his good looks and charm to approach women and used that to his advantage. In 1964, after what was described as a nervous breakdown — during which he went AWOL and hitchhiked from Fort Bragg to his mother's house — he was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder Other diagnoses later proposed by various psychiatric experts at his trials included narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and (from homicide expert Vernon J.In 1951, Alcala's father moved the family to Mexico, then abandoned them three years later. Geberth) malignant narcissistic personality disorder with psychopathy and sexual sadism comorbidities.
In 1978, Alcala worked for a short time at the Los Angeles Times as a typesetter, and was interviewed by members of the Hillside Strangler task force as part of their investigation of known sex offenders.