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Rodney Alcala indicted on 2 New York murders

January 27, 2011 12:04:11 AM PST
More murder charges have been filed against Rodney Alcala for the first time outside of California.

Authorities had always suspected convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, 67, had committed murders in other states. Now prosecutors have enough evidence to indict him on two cold case murders in New York.

That brings the number of murdered women connected to the Los Angeles man to seven. He is known for brutally raping, torturing and then strangling many of his victims.

Alcala is currently on death row for killing five Los Angeles County women back in the 1970s. He is now being indicted for murdering two more women in New York City.

"As a result of changes in technology and evidence coming to our attention, we were able to get this investigation moving," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Phil Pulsaski.

Flight attendant Cornelia Crilley, 23, was found raped and strangled with a pair of stockings inside her Manhattan apartment in 1971.

Six years later, the body of 23-year-old Ellen Hover was found in the woods just outside Manhattan a year after she disappeared.

Prosecutors wouldn't say if the two women were depicted in the hundreds of photos taken by Alcala and stashed in storage locker in Seattle. But they believe Hover may have dated the killer.

"The best time is at night. Nightime," said Alcala while appearing on the show "The Dating Game" in 1978.

Known as a smooth-talking photographer, Alcala was bachelor #1 on the show and eventually won the date. Prosecutors say around the same time he went on a killing spree in the Los Angeles area.

Among his victims is 12-year-old Huntington Beach resident Robin Samsoe. His convictions for her death were overturned twice during appeals.

Last year after representing himself in the trial, Alcala was finally sentenced to death, but not before hearing from family members of his victims.

"My sister died curled in a ball, beaten, bitten, raped, head bashed in with a rock, strangled, savagely sodimized," said Bruce Barcomb, brother of one of Alcala's victims.

"If there is a hell I hope Rodney Alcala burns eternally," said Dedee Parenteau, sister of another victim.

Investigators used a lot of forensic evidence to get these latest indictments, including a dental impression taken from Alcala in 2003 which matched bite marks on one of the victims.

Alcala is expected to be taken to New York to face these two murder charges.

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