Alcala Appeals Conviction for Murder of Girl

Feb. 14, 1981: Rodney James Alcala appeals his death sentence in the killing of Robin Samsoe, 12, of Huntington Beach. Alcala, a former typist in The Times composing room, was convicted of kidnapping Robin after approaching her and a friend and offering to take their picture.ALSO

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Feb. 14, 1981, Rodney James Alcala
July 25, 1979, Rodney James Alcala

July 25, 1979: Alcala is arrested.



July 26, 1979: Alcala is to be arraigned in Robin’s death.


July 27, 1979: Alcala pleads not guilty. Notice what happens when pasted-up type (Geothermal Plant) comes loose.

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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Alcala Appeals Conviction for Murder of Girl

  1. Ronald Emmis says:

    I am glad to see you focus on Alcala. This psycho has been perhaps one of the worst serial killers in the US since Ted Bundy – heck, he may make Bundy look like an amateur. I saw this story on a blog about six or seven years ago and was stunned to hear that he has been killing girls and women for perhaps 40 years now, and has pretty much been under the radar until recently. “48 Hours” on CBS covered the case about a year or so ago.
    People seemed to cheer when Bundy was put to death in 1989. The tragedy is that it took 10 years to execute him, and that seemed like forever. Arcala will take three times that, if he ever sees the inside of an execution chamber. He deserves far, far worse.


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