Rodney Alcala, 1970s ‘Dating Game’ Serial Killer, Dies on Death Row in California

In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala appears in court in New York. (David Handschuh/AP, FILE)

Rodney Alcala, a convicted serial killer who was on California’s death row, has died, authorities said Saturday.

Alcala, 77, died of natural causes at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at a hospital in the community near Corcoran State Prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

Alcala was known as “The Dating Game” killer for his appearance as a winning contestant on the television game show in 1978.

After representing himself in Orange County court, he was sentenced to death in 2010 for the 1979 murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and the murders of four other women — 18-year-old Jill Barcomb and 27-year-old Georgia Wixted, both in 1977; 32-year-old Charlotte Lamb in 1978; and 21-year-old Jill Parenteau in 1979.

He was previously sentenced to death twice for the murder of Samsoe — in 1980 and then again in 1986 — though those sentences were later overturned in appeals and he was granted new trials.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Meredith Deliso

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