Dating game host
The contestant is presented with three prospective dates whom she ...See full summary » The show that made Siskel and Ebert famous.After host Jim Lange introduces “successful photographer” Alcala (“You might find him skydiving or motorcycling! ” “The best time is at night,” he replies, smiling. [Morning and afternoon] are okay, but nighttime is when it really gets good.” The convicted child rapist, then a typesetter at the Los Angeles Times, goes on to do a chilling impression of a “dirty old man.” He also answers a question about what he would be called if he were a meal by stating, “I’m called ‘The banana’ and I look really good.Peel me.” Bradshaw erupts into laughter as the crowd applauds.Alcala won the game, hardly surprising given his unbridled outward charm.Bradshaw recalled the experience in 2012, telling The Sunday Telegraph that she hoped the game show would lead her to true love. I didn’t want to see him again.” Thirty years after the show aired, Alcala’s competitors both recalled the serial killer’s odd demeanor.Newlywed husbands and wives would take turns answering (often risque) questions while their spouses ...See full summary » An updated version of the classic game show involving bachelors and bachelorettes hoping to meet that special someone.
But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.
He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.
Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala’s trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.
But now donning a sharp, brown suit and butterfly collar, Alcala had other things on his mind: Winning the affection of bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw.
Watching the clip today, knowing that Bachelor Number One would go on to repeatedly choke his victims to unconsciousness and wait until they came to before killing them, their banter is more terrifying preview than goofy innuendo.