Rodney Alcala Death Sentence Confirmed by Judge. Is Third Time a Charm?

Robin Samsoe, R.I.P.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno handed down the maximum punishment--death--for serial killer Rodney Alcala after friends of relatives of his known murder victims made statements to the court.

It was the third time in three decades that Alcala got the death penalty. He has successfully appealed to avoid execution twice before. He served as his own lawyer in the most recent case, which centered on the 1979 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old ballet student Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach and four Los Angeles County women killed in the 1970s.

The outcome was no different.
Veteran Orange County Register court reporter Larry Welborn has more details.

Meanwhile, the Huntington Beach Police Department has been generating several leads to other possible victims of Alcala. These have come thanks to the release of photos found in a storage unit Alcala kept in Seattle.

Some people, family members and friends have come forward to say someone among the photographed is alive and well. Others believe cold-case victims are among Alcala's collection.

Authorities have not publicly matched any photos with anyone alive or dead.

Here are just some of the models from Alcala's red carpet (soaked?) fashion show:

The Orange County District Attorney's Office and Huntington Beach Police Department have distributed to the media discs with more than 100 photographs of women and children--including this one above--that were taken by Alcala.

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