While still sitting on death row in California, Rodney Alcala died of natural causes at age 77 on July 24, 2021. Since that trial, investigators have continued to link the “Dating Game Killer” to many other cold case murders, including two to which he pled guilty in New York in 2013. After being recognized thanks to an FBI poster, Alcala was finally identified as the perpetrator in the rape and attempted murder of Tali Shapiro.
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Alcala fled the state to avoid the arrest, and the federal agents placed him to FBI’s most wanted list. Using a new name John Berger, he enrolled in the New York University film school under the famous film director and producer Roman Polanski. In 1971, Alcala obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children, using a slightly different pseudonym John Burger.
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Get the latest in local public safety news with this weekly email. I think it took a really long time for him to get what he deserved. He kept slipping through the cracks of this flawed justice system, and it took way too long.
On July 24, 2021, the real Dating Game Killer Rodney Alcala died in prison at the age of 77. A surprise witness at his sentencing was Tali Shapiro, the girl that Alcala had raped and beaten within an inch of her life about 40 years before. During the years he spent incarcerated, Alcala self-published a book called You, the Jury in which Muzz he proclaimed his innocence in the Samsoe case. He hotly contested the DNA swabs done on prisoners periodically for the police department’s evidence bank. Alcala also brought two lawsuits against the California penal system; one for a slip and fall accident, and another for the prison’s refusal to provide him with a low-fat menu.
Instead, after the show ended, she conversed with Alcala backstage. He offered her a date she’d never forget, but Bradshaw got the feeling that her handsome potential suitor was a little off. Rowan recalled wearing a scarf to hide neck bruises and explaining the black eye and split lip as the result of a car crash. She never talked about what really happened in the terrifying lair of a future serial killer.
In the two-parter of season three, Kate tells Castle that she does not like the huge distance between Josh and her. In the fourth-season premiere, a critically injured Kate is brought to Josh’s operating room after being shot in the heart. He begins emergency surgery and operates on her until another doctor can take over for him and violently confronts Castle in the hospital waiting room, blaming him for Kate’s injuries. Later on in the episode, after a three-month time jump, Kate tells Castle that she has broken up with Josh, admitting that while she “really liked him”, she could not give herself to another while focusing on her mother’s case. Castle and Gina got back together at the end of season two, However, due to their fighting all the time, Castle breaks up with her in episode twelve (“Poof You’re Dead”) of season three, having concluded that the relationship had lost its magic.
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Alcala is now charged with first-degree murder in Thornton’s death and has been convicted of seven other murders. However, officials maintain his body count could be much higher. According to a social media post, Sweetwater County Detective Jeff Sheaman will appear to discuss the 1977 murder of Christine Thornton in Granger.
Alcala was cleared of those crimes, and police did not realize they had actually spoken with a different serial killer. Alcala rented the Seattle-area storage locker in which investigators later found jewelry belonging to two of his California victims in 1979. Other cold cases were reportedly targeted for reinvestigation in California, New York, New Hampshire, and Arizona. In 1980 he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for Samsoe’s murder, but the verdict was overturned by the California Supreme Court because jurors had been improperly informed of his prior sex crimes. In 1986, after a second trial virtually identical to the first except for omission of the prior criminal record testimony, he was again convicted and sentenced to death.
After pressing charges against Castle, Tyson and Nieman drop off the grid. Castle went to Tyson’s cellmate, Marcus Gates, for the location of Tyson’s safehouse. Upon arriving, Tyson captures Castle and holds him captive so he can watch Nieman take Beckett’s face for her own. However, it is a trap set by Castle to draw him out into the open and Esposito is waiting outside with a sniper rifle. On Castle’s order, Esposito shoots Tyson in the abdomen, killing him.