An imprisoned serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game" before police threw him in jail has been charged with murder in connection to the 1977 killing of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in southwest Wyoming.
Rodney Alcala on Tuesday was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Christine Ruth Thornton.
(CNN) -- Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game." "Oh yeah, I remember it quite clearly," said Jed Mills, the game-show contestant who sat next to Alcala in 1978. Definitely creepy." Found guilty in February of murdering four women and a child, Alcala, 66, is acting as his own attorney in the penalty phase of the trial.
Alcala is a harrowing figure and we are confident the ID audience will be fully engaged with Alcala's story and those of the investigators and mother of one of the victims who helped finally bring Alcala to justice." Known for revival.
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Investigators believe the now 73-year-old Alcala killed Thornton in Sweetwater County based on a photo that appears to show her on remote public land near Granger, near where her remains were found.
The photo was found while searching Alcala's possessions during a previous investigation.
But thinking back on that, I probably did." Alcala was able to charm Cheryl Bradshaw from the other side of the "Dating Game" wall. "He watched the game and he gave those answers and he won, so he learned some tricks.
But a psychopath's true nature comes seeping through."Between takes you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling. "Something about him, I could not be near him," Mills recalled. "He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it," Mills said. Before the decade was over, Alcala would claim four more victims, according to testimony at his trial.Please welcome Rodney Alcala." After the three bachelors were announced, the young woman who would choose one of them for a date began asking questions. "I am kind of bending toward the other guy to get away from him, and I don't know if I did that consciously. "And he was very obnoxious and creepy -- he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate. CNN asked noted crime profiler Pat Brown to analyze Alcala's appearance on "The Dating Game." "He was aware that he could say things that were considered sexy and funny and the girl would like that," Brown told CNN.Alcala appeared on the game show in 1978 -- the year after Thornton was found dead.A bachelorette chose him among three suitors -- but after the show was taped, she reportedly refused to go out on a date with him.“Think Factory’s creative vision and our stellar cast will bring to life the cat and mouse story of how Alcala evaded the justice system for years and, as such, this is a frightening but true cautionary tale of how we must increasingly be ever vigilant of the evil that lurks, today, in our society.” Added Greif: "It’s a real privilege to be working with the team at ID on their first scripted project.