Alcala was not charged for kidnapping, but spent another 2 years in prison for breaking his parole and providing marijuana to a minor.
After being released from prison, Alcala had no trouble inserting himself back into society.
When Alcala was 11, his father left the family, leaving his mother to support herself and four children.
She got to spend plenty of time at the beach and was looking forward to starting ballet classes.
Robin was described as fun, sweet, loving and happy. Robin loved to dance and had struck a deal with the ballet studio in town where she would work answering phones for a couple of hours in exchange for lessons.
As luck would have it, another driver saw Tali being lured into a car with no licence plates and instantly got a bad feeling about it.
The driver followed the car to an apartment building and called the police.
Tali Shapiro and her family had moved to Mexico after she was attacked, meaning she was not at the trial to testify against Alcala.
This was a huge blow to the prosecution’s case; Tali’s absence meant they were unable to convict him for rape and attempted murder and instead were forced to agree to offer Alcala a plea deal.
A short note before I get started: the timeline for this case is kind of all over the place. After his father left, his mother moved the family to Los Angeles.
To really understand the full extent of Alcala’s horrific crimes, I recommend reading this from beginning to end. In 1960, when Rodney was 17, he joined the US Army.
In September 1978, Alcala participated in ‘The Dating Game’ as Bachelor No. Alcala was in his element in the public eye, clearly feeling pretty smug about his deception of law enforcement and the public.
Host Jim Lange introduced Alcala with this description:“A successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.”This wouldn’t have been as funny if they had known that Alcala was was actively killing women when he wasn’t participating in game shows.
Robin said okay, however, when a neighbour appeared and asked the girls if everything was okay, the man looked as though he had seen a ghost.