Rodney Alcala Can Be Extradited to New York: Judge

Categories: Court, Crime-iny
A judge in Northern California has ruled Rodney Alcala, the serial killer sitting on Death Row for killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl and four women in Los Angeles County in the 1970s, can be extradited to New York to stand trial for two murders there.

Alcala is currently scheduled to be flown to New York on April 6, although a higher court could still intervene to stop it.

Recalling the reams of paper the 68-year-old filed while jailed in Orange County or imprisoned at San Quentin, you just know the jailhouse lawyer will keep fighting extradition. That or sue to get another ply of toilet paper.

Alcala was indicted last year for the rapes and strangulation deaths of Cornelia Crilley, a 23-year-old flight attendant found dead in her Manhattan apartment in 1971, and Ellen Hover, also 23 and the daughter of a Hollywood nightclub owner. Her body was discovered near her family's Westchester County estate in 1977. Authorities claim Alcala was in New York at the time of both slayings.

He was twice convicted of murdering the LA County victims and Surf City's Robin Samsoe, who was kidnapped while biking to a ballet class, but both convictions were later overturned. The third time was a charm for Orange County prosecutors two years ago when they won conviction again.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner, who leads the Orange County agency's Homicide Unit, tells the Orange County Register he is fine with Alcala being extradited to New York "so that the loved ones of those victims can get closure."

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Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

OK, just spitballing here: Since war has been declared on government taxes, pensions and especially workers, how about we suspend extraditions for people sitting on death rows elsewhere until we get our financial ships back in order? Maybe even give such inmates a status, like extradition hold, to indicate justice for other crimes will eventually come, just not now.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I don't have much to add to this excellent discussion...except that I care not whether that misogynist scumbag Alcala gets the needle from the good people of New York or the good people of California...as long as it happens. This is one of those cases where I consider the death penalty too be too humane a punishment...

949girl
949girl

What's the point??? He is on death row!  Is there a more severe punishment in New York I'm not aware of?  What a waste of money this is.

949girl
949girl

 Thank you, this is exactly how I feel about these types of cases.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Now there is the Fish I knew was in there... 

Fry that bastard! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Here's why... At his age he's never gonna get executed in CA.. Ship his ass to New York let him be found guilty there and then they can pay for him to sit in a New York prison until he kicks. New York does have the death penalty but hasnt executed anyone since 1978 (or so).  

949girl
949girl

I agree with you on letting NY take on the expense.  I just think, in general, when someone is serving a life sentence/death sentence and then a DA wants to extradite to another state for justice is a waste of money since the person isn't going anywhere.  Yeah, if NY wants to waste the money, that's fine.  I do think it was wrong that the OCDA extradited Andrew Urdiales from Illinois to California and now CA gets to waste the money trying him for death when he's already serving life w/out parole.  I'm just speaking in general for the most part about these kinds of situations.

949girl
949girl

I'm sure Rodney's looking forward to his trip to NY.  He gets out of his daily routine and out of his cell, gets to fly on a plane with regular people including women, instead of sitting in his cell, he gets to put on pants and denim jacket, since he represents himself he can talk on the phone when he wants without having to pay.  He gets, yet another trial where he can act like an odd ball in the courtroom, I'm sure he's looking forward to this!  He probably loves the attention and this will take months, if not years, at the expense of taxpayers. 

mitch young
mitch young

I think its a matter of the family of each victim receiving justice for their particular victim. Is it worth taxpayer dollars -- don't know. But if you had a daughter killed, I imagine you might not be satisfied just knowing the guy had been convicted of killing others

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