Alcala was first sentenced to demise in 1980 for the 1979 kidnapping and homicide of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, however his conviction was reversed by the California Supreme Court docket and he was granted a brand new trial.
He was sentenced to demise once more in 1986 after a second trial, however that sentence was overturned by a federal appeals courtroom in 2003 and a 3rd trial was granted.
By the point of his third trial in 2010, Alcala’s DNA had been related to 4 different homicides and an Orange County jury convicted him of 5 counts of first-degree homicide.
He was sentenced to demise a 3rd time for Samsoe’s homicide and for the 1977 deaths of 18-year-old Jill Barcomb and 27-year-old Georgia Wixted; the 1978 demise of 32-year-old Charlotte Lamb, and the 1979 demise of 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.
After Alcala’s conviction, authorities launched greater than 100 images of unidentified ladies and youngsters present in a storage unit that belonged to the killer in an try to seek out out if there have been additional victims. Robin Samsoe’s earrings had been present in the identical unit.
In 2012, Alcala was indicted in New York for the 1971 killing of Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 killing of Ellen Jane Hover. After he was extradited, he pleaded responsible and was sentenced in 2013 to 25 years to life.
He turned referred to as the “Courting Sport Killer” as a result of he had been a contestant on “The Courting Sport” in 1978, though none of his victims had any connection to the sport present.
Fellow contestant Jed Mills later mentioned, “He was creepy. Undoubtedly creepy.”