By the time they arrived, Alcala had struck Shapiro with a steel rod and raped her.When they knocked on the door, he escaped out the back and evaded arrest. In 1971, Alcala is believed to have raped and strangled Cornelia Crilley, a Trans World Airlines flight attendant, in her Manhattan apartment.
But unbeknown to her, the show's producers and the millions of viewers tuned in at home, the smiling photographer had already murdered two women and would go on to rape and mutilate four more and a 12-year-old girl.‘I want to thank the family and friends of the two victims for their eloquent statements,’ Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner told the courtroom, which was packed with friends and family of Crilley and Hover.‘This kind of case is the kind I've never experienced and hope to never again,’ Wittner said before turning away from her microphone and breaking into tears for a few seconds.‘Sorry,’ the judge said as she gathered herself to continue.The previous day, he had tried to convince two teenage girls to do so by offering them marijuana.A Los Angeles National Forest ranger later testified that a man matching Alcala's description and driving the same make and model of car as him leading a girl down a stream on June 20. When the investigators searched Alcala's mother's house, they found a receipt for a storage locker in Seattle which turned out to contain hundreds of photos, mostly of young girls.He was also questioned as a convicted sex offender in connection with the Hillside Strangler investigation.
In 1978, in spite of his criminal record, Alcala was admitted as "Bachelor No. The host introduced him as a successful professional photographer.His last known victim was 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, who was abducted on her way to ballet class in 1979 in Huntington Beach and her decomposing body found in the Sierra Madres twelve days later.Earlier on the day of Samsoe's disappearance, Alcala had been seen trying to get her and one of her friends to get into swimsuits so he could take pictures of them, but was chased away by a neighbor.Alcala's first known victim was an eight-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, whom he abducted as she was on her way to school.After he lured her into his car, a witness followed him back to his apartment on De Longpre Avenue and called the police.After 34 months, in 1974, he was released and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl named as "Julie J." in court records, forced her to smoke marijuana and kissed her.