A New York grand jury has returned an indictment accusing California serial killer Rodney Alcala of the brutal rape and murder of two New York City women in the 1970s.
Attractive, with a long mane of hair and a self-described “genius IQ,” he apparently charmed his victims with tales of his work in the fashion industry.
After brutalizing and killing them, Alcala placed their bodies in a variety of poses, sometimes photographing them.
Many of them had been bitten and strangled slowly to forestall death. In 1980, Alcala was convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of the young Huntington Beach girl, Robin Samsoe.
After that conviction was overturned due to inadmissible evidence, he was tried and sentenced to death again in 1986.
Crilley was found raped and strangled with her own pantyhose in her East 83rd Street apartment on June 12, 1971.
Police discovered the body of the 23-year-old flight attendant after her boyfriend Leon Borstein, then an assistant district attorney for Brooklyn, reported her missing.
At the time of Crilley’s murder, Alcala was on the lam, wanted for the 1968 rape and attempted murder of an 8-year-old girl, Tali Shapiro, in Hollywood.
Another overturning on technical grounds brought a third prosecution in 2003, by which time DNA evidence linked Alcala to the four Los Angeles women.
In 2010, he was convicted of all five murders and again given the death sentence.
During the most recent trial, Alcala, who represented himself, used footage from his appearance on The Dating Game as part of his defense and in his closing argument played Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant” for the jury.
Authorities in New York had long suspected that Alcala was involved in the slayings of the two young women.