Tuber of the Week #32: The Dating Game

Hello and welcome.

We have an exciting show of matchmaking tonight, and here is our first contestant.

Bachelor #1 is a successful photographer from California.

He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from UCLA, and his IQ is estimated to be between 135 and 162--near genius level.

In his spare time, he likes to ride motorcycles and skydive.

Give a warm applause to Rodney Alcala.

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Doesn't Mr. Alcala sound appealing?

Well, after interviewing him on an episode of The Dating Game in 1978, Cheryl Bradshaw evidently thought so and selected Bachelor #1 Alcala for a night out.

Reportedly, Ms. Bradshaw later listened to her intuition and decided not to go out with the smiling entrepreneur.

Good decision.

No, great decision.

Rodney James Alcala is currently on death row in California for murdering five women. Alcala is believed to have been actively pursuing his victims during the time he appeared on prime time television.

Content Note: The following video (edited to include only Alcala's portion) contains cheesy innuendo that was commonplace for "sexy" shows in the 1970s like The Dating Game. If that might be offensive to you, then you should skip this video. I think the film is a useful tool for those interested in studying the behaviors, phraseology, and gestures of a covert violent offender.



Authorities believe Alcala may have killed as many as 30 victims.

In effort to solve old missing persons and homicide cases, authorities in Orange County (CA) recently released hundreds of photos featuring mostly unidentified women. The images were found in a storage locker that belonged to Alcala.

I am certainly blessed to have met the Mrs. while walking my dog.

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I first saw this video here.

36 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

Wow. That is really scary. Thanks for sharing Slam.

Plus that dude just looks creepy.

Today's guest blogger is Rachel Alpine!

Sue said...

Disturbing.

On another note, Ms. Bradshaw looked uncomfortable as soon as she met him face-to-face.

 ALH said...

Sometimes I'm terrified to read your blog haha. But, it's really good to have this information so that my intuition will kick in like this woman's did sometime when it matters. Thanks for keeping us all just a little bit wary so that we don't fall into any traps.

Audrey Allure said...

That's crazy. He did look a bit creepy though.

Creepy Query Girl said...

omg, that is so scary. You're right in that I think these kinds of background videos could be useful to someone who's learning the trade of profiling and criminolgy- very interesting post!

Clark Kent's Lunchbox said...

For a moment I thought this was a joke, but sheesh, I couldn't have been more wrong.

lovecoloredglasses said...

He is sending out creeper vibes for sure. The psychology behind it is intriguing though. It seems weird that a serial killer would seek out being on TV, but then again, I know others have done the same thing. The mind is often a mysterious place.

LadyFi said...

That's spooky.. He looks like such a nice guy.

Katie Ganshert said...

Holy canoly! That's insane!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
oh, when I was a little girl I always hated this show. The only one I hated more was the Newlywed Game that came on afterward. I always thought it tried to pick a fight.

She had to pick a guy not knowing all the things you mentioned--facial expression, body language, vibe, in a situation more fake than a disco. It was supposed to separate the candidates by something other than looks, but it took away all the non-verbal communication cues altogether.

Just for the record, Bach #2 looked like a confirmed narcissist so I pick Bach #3. Balding guys, take heart!

Can you imagine how easy it would be to have trapped that poor woman at an amusement park? That is the ick.

Ann T.

Momma Fargo said...

Isn't he just amazing...makes you want to jump out and date him. He looked like a serial killer in 1978. His pics all over the news even creepify him more.

Tara said...

Photography is apparently a great serial killer racket. Do you remember Christopher Wilder? He posed as a photog at the race track. My family knew him through racing. *shudder*

Women's intuition really is an amazing thing!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Makes 'ya long for "game shows" like THE GONG SHOW...at least you KNEW who the weirdos were straight away!

Herding Cats said...

Ew, I have chills. That creeped me out. I bet she thanks her lucky stars EVERY single day that she listened to intuition and didn't go on that date. He was awful.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Creepy!!!

Dan said...

A good serial killer is hard to find. {*gin/2*}

I always find it interesting how charming some psychopaths can be. And how often something seems to be a little off when you meet them, but you can't quite put a finger on what it is.

WomanHonorThyself said...

wow Slam great find..how bizarro!

A Doc 2 Be said...

The Dating Game went from TV to online... Another reason for women meeting men online in dating forums to be especially careful for a long time before becoming involved.

suzicate said...

I'll bet she's counting her blessing on that decision!

luisa said...

I am always worried for yound women. I have two boys. If I had a daughter, I would just be insane with worry. I worry for ny boys too! Have a great weekend! Party at Starla's! :)

LisaF said...

Makes one wonder what kind of vetting process was in place that allowed a convicted child molester on in the first place. After reading the article, I think I could pull the switch without a second thought. Very creepy.

Conquer The Monkey said...

I Heard about this. this is really insane. just another reason not to go out with people you don't know, let alone someone on a dating show, seems so harmless, but I'm just such a cautious person....freaking creepy just so so creepy.

Janna Qualman said...

I read about him in People last week. Chilling. And the video? Even more so.

But the dogwalking detail? Very cute. :)

BobKat said...

TV was pretty fake back then... good show Slam.

T. Anne said...

Creepy. I saw those pictures online and they we're haunting.

Lola Sharp said...

Creepy! Scary.

Romi said...

HOLY CRAP....of course you see him now and think "he totally looks like a serial killer"...but really I guess it was normal to look smarmy in the 70's...lol. So sad though that they didn't catch him before he committed such horrific crimes.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments all.

@ALH: Yeah for some reasons my posts have been morbid of late. I thought about next week and I'll have two entries on sex offenders--not sure I am improving things.

@ Ann T.: Good observations. I should have at least offered the unedited (or less edited version) of the show. I think it is on YouTube as well.

@ Tara: Wilder did not ring a bell so I looked him up. Interesting--thanks for the info.

@ LisaF: Yeah, that would be some documentary--contestants that were rejected by The Dating Game.

Kimi said...

Insane. Simply unbelievable and this is why women have a hard time finding the "right" guy. Glad that lady followed her instincts (it's usually right the first time). Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

Wow, talk about creepy.

kathryn said...

I'm always glad to hear that people listen to their intuition (at least sometimes). Creepy guy...horrific story. You just never know with some people.

Dog-walking, eh??

terri said...

So I guess there really is something to that whole women's intuition thing.

Or maybe Someone was just looking out for her when she made that very wise decision.

I had forgotten how cheesy that show was.

A Doc 2 Be said...

How about a post on the red flags of online dating ads?

I just read a post about a 17 year old female who got into a sexually explicit conversation with a guy who claims he is 22...

my alarm bells were clanging pretty loudly (not saying he's a pred but...) especially in light of your Alcala post.

Anyway, I warned the 17 year old to be very careful about her home email, real name, contact info and another 20 year old female chimed in saying it was no big deal.

Thoughts?

Holly said...

OK, that was creepy...he was creepy. Lucky woman she changed her mind.

Holly

Jayne said...

Creepy. She must squirm when she thinks of him now and how lucky a decision she made.

Slamdunk said...

@ A Doc 2 Be: I am with you and would advise the 17 year old to be overly protective of personal info. Just because someone's profile says that they are a 22 college student majoring in art history does not make it true.

Unfortunately, young folks (me included when I was in that bracket) are more free-spirits and less safety conscience. It is difficult to reason with someone who thinks that Internet bad things will never happen to them.