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Serial Killer Alcala Could Be Given Death Penalty Today for 70s Murders
Rodney Alcala, the serial killer convicted last month in the death of a 12-year-old Orange County girl and four other women in the late 1970s, will be given his sentence today, according to abc7.
This is not the first time the now 66-year-old Alcala has been sentenced in the case of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, however "those verdicts were overturned on appeal." Today the court will hear from Samsoe's mother, as well as "the families of several of Alcala's victims" who are expected to speak.
In addition to Samsoe's killing, Alcala's case included the deaths of Jill Barcomb, 18; Georgia Wixted, 27; Charlotte Lamb, 32; and Jill Parenteau, 21, who were linked to Alcala by DNA. Alcala, a one time Dating Game contestant represented himself in this trial. Recently the authorities in the OC released some of his hundreds of photographs, and are working to determine if any of the women and children captured in the images are additional victims.