10 episodes

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.

The Dating Game Killer Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.4, 335 Ratings

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.

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    • 4 min
    LA Serial Killers: A Conversation | 7

    LA Serial Killers: A Conversation | 7

    Host Tracy Pattin talks with retired LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Bob Souza and true crime social historian Joan Renner about Rodney Alcala and other serial killers who operated in and around Los Angeles from the 1970s to the 1990s.




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    • 49 min
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    • 8 min
    The Alice’s Restaurant Defense | 6

    The Alice’s Restaurant Defense | 6

    Rodney Alcala’s initial conviction and sentence are only the beginning of his time in court. What follows is a 30-year odyssey through the American judicial system. Will the families and friends of his victims ever receive justice?




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    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Bodewell - Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.

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    • 58 min
    The Witness | 5

    The Witness | 5

    Hoping for a not guilty decision, Rodney Alcala’s defense attorney plans to discredit the state’s main witness and keep Alcala’s prior criminal record out of court. But the mother of one of his victims has a plan of her own.




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    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Bodewell - Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.

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    • 53 min
    Mile Marker 11 | 4

    Mile Marker 11 | 4

    Another body is found, and one of the detectives on the case recognizes Rodney Alcala on a rerun episode of The Dating Game. As police close in, they begin to suspect they have a serial killer on their hands.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
335 Ratings

335 Ratings

hadtowritenickname ,

Interesting

Really enjoyed the series, the podcast is free so you got to expect adds, but there is one repeating sound effect that is the iPhone timer sound and I found it incredibly distracting!

Amandasatoz ,

Good story - music distracting

Good story with ads but that’s understandable but please too much distracting constant music - I don’t watch modern movies because of mucked up sound balance - please don’t ruin podcasts with this fault - old movies could balance sound - what happened!!

natasyaw ,

Good story - but way way too many ads

Good story, another good true crime podcast but omg how many ads for that game best fiends. Soooooo damn annoying! Too many ads in this and too many repetitive and long ads at that. It does detract from the entertainment factor and whether I’d recommend this to listen to

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