But unbeknown to her, the show's producers and the millions of viewers tuned in at home, the smiling photographer had already murdered two women and would go on to rape and mutilate four more and a 12-year-old girl.‘I want to thank the family and friends of the two victims for their eloquent statements,’ Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner told the courtroom, which was packed with friends and family of Crilley and Hover.‘This kind of case is the kind I've never experienced and hope to never again,’ Wittner said before turning away from her microphone and breaking into tears for a few seconds.
‘Sorry,’ the judge said as she gathered herself to continue.
Her lunch date's name, authorities later said, was an alias that Alcala used.
Alcala had been a suspect in Crilley's death for several years.
One of them an 8-year-old girl named Tali Shapiro, who was found raped and beaten with a steel bar, but luckily survived. Four years later, after a nervous breakdown, he was discharged on medical grounds.
Some online news stories mention Alcala may have an estimated 50 to 130 victims, but the actual number is unknown. For some, even hearing his name sends chills down the spine.The charming but sinister smile made its name in 1978 when the producers of a dating TV-show called The Dating Game picked Alcala as a contestant.THE PHOTOS In 2013, Thornton’s sister, Kathy Thornton, saw an online display of photos taken by Alcala decades earlier, and recognized the subject of one of those photos as her sister.After that, investigative work by police in Huntington Beach and Wyoming – and a link to a federal database, Nam US, which matches DNA evidence to remains of unidentified people – helped connect the alleged crime to the picture.