Alcala, commonly known as the “Dating Game Killer” for his appearance on the popular television show, was convicted for the 1979 murder of Robin Samsoe in 1980.
In 2005, the release states, a California grand jury indicted Alcala for the murders of Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parenteau.
In July 2015, the release states, Sweetwater County detectives were contacted by the DNA system and alerted to the possible identification of Thornton.
“Detectives were able to determine that the photograph of Thornton in Alcala’s possessions was taken a short distance from where her remains were found,” the release states.
- An imprisoned serial killer has been charged with murder in a 30-year-old cold case out of Sweetwater County, Wyo., authorities confirmed Tuesday.
Rodney James Alcala, 73, of California, convicted of killing seven people, is now being charged with first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Christine Ruth Thornton 34 years ago.
Education Alcala, who claims to have a "genius-level" IQ, graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts after his medical discharge from the Army, and later attended New York University using the alias "John Berger", where he studied film under Roman Polanski.