Dating game serial killer photographs
“I had a gut feeling there were more out there,” said Huntington Beach police Detective Patrick Ellis, who said he played only a small role in the initial investigation but was part of the decision to make the photos public.The pictures, Ellis added, came with an unspoken message: “Here it is, and here we are.” HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED One of those photos was of a pretty 20-something woman, wearing a yellow top and flip-flops and looking to be about six months pregnant, sitting atop a Kawasaki 500 motorcycle.(CNN) -- Dozens of tips have poured in after California authorities released more than 100 photos of women and children on Thursday that are believed to have been taken by a serial killer who appeared on the "Dating Game." Police determined Friday that two female minors in the pictures, taken in the 1970s, are alive and well.They have received tips on a handful of other women who could be dead or missing, according to Patrick Ellis, a detective with the Huntington Beach Police Department.Prosecutors in Rock Springs, Wyo., said Tuesday that one of those victims was Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, of San Antonio.They said Alcala met Thornton and killed her while on a road trip, then buried her on a ranch in Granger, Wyo.It’s unclear if Alcala will be extradited to stand trial in Wyoming or what his plea might be if he is.
That year he was retried and again convicted in Orange County, but that conviction also was overturned, this time because a witness wasn’t allowed to substantiate Alcala’s contention that a park ranger who found Samsoe’s body had been hypnotized by investigators.Thornton was about six months pregnant at the time of her death, according to the warrant for Alcala’s arrest.Though prosecutors said her body was uncovered by a rancher in Wyoming in 1982, Thornton’s alleged link to Alcala wasn’t known for decades.When asked if she left the area with him, Alcala said no, according to the warrant.When investigators pressed him, asking if she was alive when he left her, he replied, “She was alive before I left her.” HE’S MURDERED BEFORE The charge filed Tuesday is the latest step in Alcala’s complex, sometimes byzantine criminal history.