Yesterday, a California jury recommended the death penalty for the 66-year old man who once appeared on the Dating Game.
Did the Dating Game, with it's cheesy Three's Company sexual double entendres, drive this man to murder? CNN even had another former Dating Game contestant on to astutely comment on what it was like to be on the Dating Game with Alcala. I think he's still bitter about losing out to a serial murderer on the show.
And what's the prize for your complete loss of dignity?
According to the show's press release, "a lot of products and sex toys, gel, etc."Watch the clip below. By the time serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game in 1978, he was convicted rapist and registered sex offender who had already murdered four women.
While this doesn't sound like a particular draw for a talent show, the girl's efforts are – how shall we put this – a little explicit.
Host and Gong Show creator Chuck Barris, who was already well-known for his runs in with the censors, sometimes brought in risqué acts as bait to allow some of the less bawdy acts to slip by.
Rodney James Alcala was on the Dating Game in the 1970's.
On the show he referred to himself as "The Banana." (He insisted that the bachelorette should try and peel him.) Alcala also murdered 5 people in the `70's.