The Dating Game Killer

Wondery

Since Feb 2020·14 episodes

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.

Episodes

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TRAILER·8 days ago
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TRAILER·20 days ago
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07:58
TRAILER·1 month ago
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TRAILER·2 months ago
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TRAILER·3 months ago
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E7·3 months ago
Host Tracy Pattin talks with retired LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Bob Souza and true crime social historian Joan Renner about Rodney Alcala and other serial killers who operated in and around Los Angeles from the 1970s to the 1990s.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Downloa...
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BONUS·3 months ago
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E6·3 months ago
Rodney Alcala’s initial conviction and sentence are only the beginning of his time in court. What follows is a 30-year odyssey through the American judicial system. Will the families and friends of his victims ever receive justice?Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download ...
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E5·3 months ago
Hoping for a not guilty decision, Rodney Alcala’s defense attorney plans to discredit the state’s main witness and keep Alcala’s prior criminal record out of court. But the mother of one of his victims has a plan of her own.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fi...
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E4·4 months ago
Another body is found, and one of the detectives on the case recognizes Rodney Alcala on a rerun episode of The Dating Game. As police close in, they begin to suspect they have a serial killer on their hands.
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E3·4 months ago
Rodney Alcala appears as a hopeful contestant on the popular TV show The Dating Game, attempting to win the heart of an eligible bachelorette. Soon after, he kills again, with disastrous consequences.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple A...
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E2·4 months ago
After being convicted of child molestation, Rodney Alcala becomes a model prisoner and works hard to convince the parole board he is no longer a threat. But when he is released less than two months later, he strikes again.Binge all episodes of The Dating Game Killer right now on Wondery+. Start y...
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E1·4 months ago
Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds her attacker’s student ID. His name: Rodney Alcala.Binge all episodes of The Dating Game Killer right now on Wondery+. Start your FREE trial at wonderyplus.com/datinggameSupport us b...
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TRAILER·5 months ago
In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) ...
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