His father abandoned the family and his mother moved Rodney and his sisters to suburban Los Angeles when he was about 12 years old. In 1964, after what was described as a “ Other diagnoses later proposed by various psychiatric experts at his trials included narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and (from homicide expert Vernon Geberth) malignant narcissistic personality disorder with psychopathy and sexual sadism co-morbidities.Children who are abandoned at an early age often carry “.” Self-esteem plummets and the child feels unwanted. Definitely not someone you’d want to meet on a dark night. Child Victims Alcala’s youngest victim was an 8-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro.
The contestant who stood out for his vivacity was a handsome fellow called Rodney Alcala, introduced by the game show host as, “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13 … When Cheryl requested an impromptu response to the line “You’re a dirty old man! Game for a laugh, Cheryl said “I like bananas” and picked Alcala as her date.
And he was very obnoxious and creepy – he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate. Bachelor #1turned out to be one of the worst serial killers in US history.
Earlier this year Malcolm Gladwell wrote an attention-grabbing piece about the predatory tactics of paedophiles.
He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.
Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala's trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.