Shapiro barely survived her rape and beating; her life saved by a passerby who’d reported a tip to police on a possible abduction.
Then, the intelligent young man with an IQ of 135 went on to attend UCLA.But he wouldn’t stay on the straight and narrow for long.As you can probably imagine, Cheryl Bradshaw’s rejection likely only fueled Alcala’s fire.In total, before and after his television appearance, the sadistic “Dating Game Killer” claimed that he killed between 50 and 100 people.But at that very moment, he was keeping a deadly secret: he was an unrepentant serial killer.
Bradshaw, if not for a healthy jolt of women’s intuition, would almost certainly be remembered today as one of Alcala’s victims.
But sometimes a background check can’t even uncover the whole story.
In Rodney Alcala’s case, the whole story consisted of at least four prior murders that he hadn’t been definitively linked to yet.
Like many serial killers, Rodney Alcala had a style.
His signatures were beating, biting, raping, and strangling (often choking victims until the point of unconsciousness, then once they came to, he’d start the process over again).
His mother then moved Alcala and his sister to suburban Los Angeles.