The dating game serial killer
In all, about 200 Alcala photos were released to the public by Huntington Beach police in 2010, after Alcala was sentenced to death for five sexual assault slayings committed in the 1970s.Detectives said Tuesday that they released the photos for that exact purpose – to be seen by people who might be connected to other possible victims.“I had a gut feeling there were more out there,” said Huntington Beach police Detective Patrick Ellis, who said he played only a small role in the initial investigation but was part of the decision to make the photos public.The pictures, Ellis added, came with an unspoken message: “Here it is, and here we are.” HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED One of those photos was of a pretty 20-something woman, wearing a yellow top and flip-flops and looking to be about six months pregnant, sitting atop a Kawasaki 500 motorcycle.
Huntington Beach police Chief Robert Handy says the Thornton case highlights strong work by his detectives, then and now. Unbeknownst to the "bachelorette" who selected him for a date, he was also a rapist and a killer. He’s been called "a killing machine" for taking the lives of 50 to 130 women across New York, Seattle and Los Angeles.