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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 • 4.8K Ratings

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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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    Killer Psyche profiles Rodney Alcala: The Dating Game Killer

    Killer Psyche profiles Rodney Alcala: The Dating Game Killer

    The Dating Game Killer took an in-depth look at the criminal mind of Rodney Alcala. Why did he commit these heinous crimes? What made his disturbing mind tick? Killer Psyche is a new podcast from Wondery explores these types of questions about the crimes that killers and criminals commit, and in a recent episode, they covered the Dating Game Killer. Host Candice Delong uses her five decades of experience as a clinical psychiatric nurse and FBI Agent to dissect the motivations and behaviors of the most terrifying felons in history. 

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    • 6 min
    Wondery Presents: SUSPECT

    Wondery Presents: SUSPECT

    A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It’s a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.

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    • 5 min
    LA Serial Killers: A Conversation

    LA Serial Killers: A Conversation

    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
    The Alice’s Restaurant Defense

    The Alice’s Restaurant Defense

    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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    • 58 min
    The Witness

    The Witness

    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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    • 53 min
    Mile Marker 11

    Mile Marker 11

    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
4.8K Ratings

4.8K Ratings

alexis 🌙 ,

Riveting

This is the second podcast I’ve listened to by wondering and neither disappointed. I found the story captivating and at times I wondered how I went so long without knowing such a crazy story. Amazing.

PortoRicanIvy ,

Awareness and insight in the dating game killer

I am new to podcasts. Love the personal spin on the narrative making us aware of how prominent social medias were unaware this serial killer was among them. The content focus on a central idea, showing structure, the insights gave authenticity to the narrative. The name of the podcast episode catch the attention, making us wonder how much we rely in the screening of people we are in contact each day by the companies who hired them. Also the who, how, why and what was given in a interesting manner. PortoRicanIvy

Addy_007 ,

Well done

This podcast was very well put together. I don’t understand the negative reviews about the timeline. It’s should be messy because several serial killers were operating at the same time, making law enforcement officers job all the more difficult. I think this podcast highlights the victims well, which should always be the goal.

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