After going AWOL from the U.S. Army in 1964 and being diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and discharged by a military doctor, Rodney Alcala to took his first victim in 1968 in the form of 8-year-old Tali Shapiro. Alcala lured her into his Hollywood apartment where she was later found having been beaten and raped.
With a warrant out for his arrest, Alcala began going by the name John Berger and enrolled in NYU’s film school. In 1971 he altered his alias slightly to John Burger and got a job as an arts camp counsellor. He was recognized there from a wanted poster but ultimately only jailed for 34 months at which time he was paroled. He assaulted a 13-year-old girl almost immediately, was reimprisoned briefly and then paroled again.
During the 70s, unbeknownst to authorities, Alcala would pose as a professional photographer and use his ability to charm people to get them to let their guard down. During this time period is when he killed the bulk of his seven known victims and even managed to appear on “the Dating Game”.
However, authorities feel that Alcala likely killed many more people than he was convicted for, some believed somewhere between 50 and 130 people.
Alcala is currently on death row in California but in 2010 authorities released the below photographs taken from Alcala’s storage locker in Seattle, Washington. Many of the below individuals have already been identified and are alive.
If you recognize any of the people in the below photos please call the Huntington Beach, Calif., Police at 714-375-5066 and assist them in their investigation.