Rodney Alcala Can't Block New York Extradition

Categories: Crime-iny
The California Supreme Court Wednesday denied serial killer Rodney Alcala's request to block his extradition to New York, where he is accused of murdering two young women in the 1970s.

Prosecutors in New York City filed extradition papers after Alcala, who is sitting on California's death row, was convicted in Orange County in March 2010 of murdering five females in the '70s, including 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach.

It marked the third time Alcala, who is adept at filing paperwork that gums up the legal system, had been convicted of killing Samsoe, as two previous convictions were overturned on appeal.

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Matt Murphy, the veteran Orange County homicide prosecutor, will travel to New York on his own dime to help the prosecution there, according to an Orange County Register report. Because New York does not have the death penalty, Alcala will likely return to California no matter what the outcome is back east.

During the 1970s, Alcala, a photographer and onetime contestant on The Dating Game, bounced between California and New York, where he went by John Berger.

He is accused of raping and strangling TWA flight attendant Cornelia Crilley, whose body was found in her Upper East Side apartment in June 1971.

His second alleged NYC victim, Ellen Hover, went missing from her Manhattan residence that same year, before Alcala was sent back to California to be prosecuted for a 1968 rape in Los Angeles. Hover's body was found in Westchester County in 1977.


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Alfromcbad
Alfromcbad

I have to agree with 949Girl here. Why should the taxpayers have to pay for a round-trip flight to New York and the expense of a trial? I feel for the grieving families who want justice served but it pretty much already has been done given that he's on death row. Furthermore - given the fact that Rodney Alcala acted as his own attorney in his last trial it seems logical he would do so again - he has nothing to lose right? So why give a convicted killer another 15 minutes of fame and an open forum to spout his views?

949girl
949girl

This sounds like a waste of money to me.  The guy is on death row as it is.   

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