He would beat or strangle them until they lost consciousness.
Alcala won the game, hardly surprising given his unbridled outward charm.
But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.
He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.
Somehow, bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw sensed something was wrong.
After the show, she refused to go out with him, saying he was too “creepy.” Alcala, now 74, sits on death row in California, convicted of seven murders.