Alcala went back to trial, charged not only with the murder of Samsoe, but the murders of Georgia Wixted in 1977, Jill Barcomb in 1977, Charlotte Lamb in 1978, and Jill Parenteau in 1979.
Since then,he has also been convicted of two murders in New York — one committed while he was there with his probation officer’s permission.
Retried and reconvicted in 1986, his case was again thrown out by an appeals court in 2001 on a legal technicality.
As prosecutors prepared to retry the case a third time, they tested Alcala’s DNA against unsolved crimes and found four matches.
Many people who came into contact with him described him as very charming.
Along with his purported 170 IQ, he used the same sly charm to seduce women into his car, and then to slither out of his punishments, convincing judges of his rehabilitation and probation officers of his trustworthiness.
Crime profiler Pat Brown questioned the effect of Bradshaw’s rejection on Alcala: “One wonders what that did in his mind.
That is something he would not take too well.” After the disappearance of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in Huntington Beach, CA led to a search of Alcala’s apartment, police found receipts for Alcala’s storage locker in Seattle.Some experts estimate his death count might be anywhere between 50 and 150.Looking back on Alcala’s meandering journey to justice, it has become painfully clear that luck wasn’t the only thing on Alcala’s side — he benefitted in equal parts from his innate intelligence and charm, and from a lax legal system.In 1977, he talked his probation officer into letting him travel to New York, despite being a sex offender and a flight risk.During that time, he murdered Ellen Jane Hover, the daughter of the owner of the famous Ciro’s nightclub.Even now, more than 35 years since he went to prison, Alcala’s reign of terror still casts a dark shadow: In 2010, the Huntington Beach Police Department released a series of photographs discovered among Alcala’s belongings in his Seattle storage locker.