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The Killing Game: The True Story of Rodney Alcala the Game Show Serial kIller

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In 1968 young girls went missing in California and New York, massive searches started and soon bodies became to turn up! This is the story of Rodney Alcala, the charming, good looking photographer that was in NYU studying under Roman Polanski and even once had won on the popular TV game show " Dating Game" but now he is wanted for rape, torture and murder of several young ...more
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Published November 14th 2017
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Donna
I had never heard of Rodney Alcala until I saw the blurb for this book on NetGalley. Being a fan of true crime stories, I was immediately interested in digging into the mind and background of someone who could commit such horrible and heart-breaking crimes, and in the midst of it all, appear on a TV game show looking for a date! I was also, as always when I read true crime, expecting to learn about the victims and their families, not just as casualties or names on a page, but as real people with ...more
Constance
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-crime
In 1980, serial killer Rodney Alcala was convicted of the kidnapping, sexual assualt, and murder of 13-year-old Robin Simcoe. He is known today as the game show killer, not because his crimes had anything to do with game shows, but because in the middle of a 10 year crime spree, he appeared on (and won) The Dating Game. Luckily for the contestant who won a date with him, she was more astute at judging character than the young girls that Alcala usually preyed upon. In fact, she declined the date ...more
Bill reilly
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
In September of 1968, Rodney Alcala, a 22 year-old Mexican-American, abducted and raped Talia Shapiro. She was saved by the LAPD, but Rodney escaped. He was captured three years later, but because the Shapiro family had moved to Mexico, the court was forced to accept a plea agreement of molestation. A prison shrink determined that Rodney was just fine and he was released after 34 months in the clink. In 1975, he abducted a 13 year-old girl, was caught, and spent another 2 and a half years in jai ...more
Bettye McKee
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime-books
A very good true crime story

This is a well-written and well-researched story about California serial killer Rodney Alcala. His story is told in sufficient detail that one cannot doubt his guilt. Alcala was tried three times for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, receiving the death penalty after each conviction. During the third trial, charges were added for four additional murders, thanks to the availability of DNA identification.

Alcala was subsequently tried and convi
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Casey
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Starting in 1968 and continuing into the 1970s, Rodney Alcala stalked young women in California and New York, raping, strangling, and killing many. He was able to hide in plain sight, due to his charming nature and big personality. He was even a winning contestant on the popular television show "The Dating Game" during this time. After many years of trials and pain, Alcala was finally convicted of five murders in 2010. Currently, police are still asking for the public's help in identifying the g ...more
Frank Hardy
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book, I thought it had a lot of information and was quite well researched. I like the organization and that it didn't give too much opinion ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Rodney Alcala, born in 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, is believed to have raped and murdered around 130 people. Alcala committed his first known crime (rape of an 8 year old girl) in 1968, at the age of 25 while a student at UCLA.  Due to the unavailability of the witness (she had moved back to Mexico with her family), Alcala was given a sentance of only 1 year to life, and released on parole after 34 months.

That was just the beginning of the horrific crimes of torture, rape, and murder that Alcala
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Laura
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rodney Alcala aka the dating game killer was finally tried in 2010 for the murders of 5 young women. While searching his belongings, the police found hundreds of nude pictures of women and young boys. They theorize that there must be more deaths and then Alcala admits to only 2 more. I watched the show that dating game that he was on and was taken aback by his looks and charm yet I knew what he had done. When I requested this book, I was hoping it would give the reader some background on Alcala ...more
Joey Howell
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge True Crime fan who listens to many Podcasts and read many books on the subject.
The Killing Game is a in-depth and fascinating look into one of the most disturbing and mysterious Killers is United States history. Not only does it dive deep into the life of Rodney Alcala it goes into detail about the victims and gives them a voice that always is appreciated in my book. It helps give the subject matter more levity and helps break up some of the more serious crimes and topics that are di
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Jen Juenke
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a WOW! I had never heard of this serial killer before. I thought that this book was a great over view of the killings and the serial killer.
However, I wish that there was more information on the victims and of the background of the serial killer himself. I felt that this was a great start for the subject and I just wish that there was more information.
I devoured this book in one sitting! I can't believe that a serial killer was on the Dating Game show. WOW! I learned something new.
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Terrie
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough book to get through. Many of the victims are so young, and the details are gruesome.

The first few chapters seem are a bit short and to the point.

The book really comes together as you read about the trial and see the timeline of the first few chapters come into play.

Alcala isn't a serial killer I had heard of until reading this book. Warren has done an excellent job of covering the whole series of events.
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Theresa Cassidy
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love the way the chapters of this book were organized to the names of victims. Made it easier to keep up with dates and events, plus I felt it made the book more about the people who had the horrendous misfortune of meeting Rodney Alcala. Could tell I was really enjoying reading this book because of how irritated I got whenever I was interrupted.
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, audible
Interesting book about this serial killer. some seriously disturbing atrocities from him for sure. I can't imagine what the victims and families must have gone through. anyone else ever heard of him? ...more
Stephen
It was an OK true-crime story that broke down his murders and many trials/re-trials but never really delved into the psychology of what drove him to do these horrendous deeds.
Mike Morin
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another awesome book from Alan Warren. I could not put this book down until it was finished. A definite read for any true crime fan!
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ranks with Ted Bundy for creep factor even though I had not heard of him until the movie. Book seems thorough.
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ALAN R. WARREN is the Host of the Popular True Crime History Radio show 'House of Mystery' Heard in the NBC news talk radio network on KCAA 106.5 F.M. Los Angeles/Riverside/Palm Springs http://www.houseofmysteryradio.com/

Al Warren has his Doctorate in Religious Studies (DD), Masters Degree ( MM) in Music from the University of Washington in Seattle, Bachelor of Arts (BA ) Criminology from the Univ
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