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California prosecutor wants to ID women photographed by convicted serial killer

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 11, 2010 at 9:30 am with No Comments »
March 11, 2010 9:30 am

The Orange County Register has a story this week about the efforts of a prosecutor and law enforcement to identify the women photographed by a convicted serial killer three decades ago.

Some of the photographs were found during a search of a Seattle storage locker that Rodney Alcala had rented. The photos were taken before July 1979.

Alcala was convicted in 1980 and sentenced to death in the 1979 kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old girl. He was convicted last month in the slaying of another 12-year-old girl and the sexual assault, torture and strangulation of four Los Angeles County women between 1977 and 1980. On Tuesday, a jury recommended Alcala receive the death sentence for those five murders, the Orange County Register reports.

Orange County prosecutors suspect Alcala might have more victims and so they’re releasing the photos of these unidentified women.

“Some photos show women or young girls in the nude and engaging in sex acts. Some show women or young girls who appear to be unconscious. Others show women posing, staring into the lens of a camera held by a man who was a serial killer, in remote settings – similar to the locale where Robin Samsoe’s body was found in 1979. A few are of young men in sexually suggestive poses,” the newspaper’s story state. “And most of the subjects in the photos have never been identified.”

“We know that he used his camera many times in the past to gain the trust of several of his victims,” Orange County prosecutor Matt Murphy told the newspaper. “And then we found dozens of photos of unidentified young women who posed for him.

“We’d like to locate the women in these pictures,” Murphy said. “Did they simply pose for a serial killer, or did they become victims of his sadistic, murderous pattern?”

A slideshow of the photos is attached to the story. Anyone who recognizes any of the women is asked to contact  Huntington Beach Police Detective Patrick Ellis at 714-375-5066 or via email at

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