Episode 43

Can I Take Your Picture? Part 2

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Over 20 killers have used the ruse of photography to entrap their victims. In the four part series "Can I Take Your Picture? Serial Killers with Cameras" Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad are discussing five of them. Of those five, two will be from last season with updates. But there are still possible victims who need to be found or identified. This week's episode is concentrated on just one of those killers. 

Rodney Alcala:
Rodney Alcala is one of those photographer serial killers, better known as The Dating Game Killer. He was active from 1968 to 1979.  We know he has victims in New York, California and out of Texas. But he traveled during his active time--internationally and domestically-so he could have victims around the world. 

His Final Crime:
We know Rodney Alcala committed other crimes than those above and the one we are about to detail. We will be talking about those in later episodes. 

In June 1979, Robin Samsoe disappeared on her way to ballet practice in Huntington Beach, California. Earlier in the day of June 20th, Robin and a friend were approached by a man claiming to be a photographer. He took some photos of them before a neighbor interrupted the session. Robin and her friend went to the friend's house. Robin left her friend's home at 3:10 PM and wasn't seen alive again.

Between the friend and the neighbor, a sketch was released of the photographer. 

The body of Robin Samsoe was discovered in a remote mountain ravine near Alcala's home. 

While the sketch was circulating, Rodney Alcala's parole officer recognized the sketch and alerted the Huntington Beach Police Department. Police began to close in on Rodney Alcala for the last time. 

They discovered a receipt for a storage locker in Seattle, Washington, Alcala had purchased. Inside the locker, law enforcement found a bag of earrings and hundreds of photos. Rodney Alcala was arrested on July 24th, 1979.

Alcala's Court Timeline:

1980-Rodney Alcala is convicted of the murder of Robin Samsoe. He was sentenced to death. He appealed the conviction. The appeal was granted.

1986-Rodney Alcala was tried again for the murder of Robin Samsoe. This time he offered an alibi of being at Knott's Berry Farm during the time Robin was abducted. But the jury again found him guilty. Again he was sentenced to death. And again he appealed and was granted a new trial.

2003-Prosecutors in Los Angeles linked him to four other victims:
-18-year-old Jill Barcomb in 1977.
-27-year-old Georgia Wixted also in 1977.
-31-year-old Charlotte Lamb in 1978.
-21-year-old Jill Parenteau in 1979.

2010-Rodney Alcala went to trial again. This time he was charged with the murders of Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parenteau along with the murder of Robin Samsoe. A jury again convicted him. Alcala was sentenced to death for the third time.

We are continuing to look for additional information on Rodney Alcala. We are going to be discussing more of the unidentified photos from his collection in next week's episode. But we want you to focus on the five below for this week. Please share. If you have any information, contact us.   


1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos. 
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

Unidentified Photos for This Week's Episode: