Dating show killer
900 more photos were too explicit for public consumption.Eventually, Rodney would be convicted of five murders. His killing method would also seem cruel in the extreme. Or he’d strangle them almost to death, only to revive them and start strangling them once more.Then, he’d arrange his victim’s body into an erotic pose, and take photos.After nearly two decades of sexual assaults and murder, Rodney Alcala applied to appear on the telly show, the Dating Game.On the show, the host introduced Rodney as ‘a successful ph0tographer…but between breaks you might find him skydiving or motorcycling.’ During filming, Rodney turned on the charm. Two weeks later, her decomposing body was found in the hills around LA.And at the end of the show, he won a date at an amusement park with contestant Cheryl Bradshaw. But Robin’s friends had seen her chatting with Rodney. The photo shows a smiling woman in jeans, a yellow blouse and flip-flops sitting atop a Kawasaki 500 motorcycle in a sage-studded desert.
The aging photograph was found among Alcala’s possessions by Huntington Beach police, but it was only recently that the dead woman’s sister recognized Thornton among the images.
A Philadelphia native, Barris grew up in Bala Cynwyd and graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University. Barris is certainly responsible for an outrageous form of television that led the TV man to dub himself “The King of Daytime Television.” Critics, however, were less kind, referring to Barris in his heyday as “The King of Schlock” and “The Baron of Bad Taste.” So, with that legacy in mind, we have rounded up some of the weirdest, most outrageous TV moments made possible by Barris.
He would go on to get his start in entertainment at NBC in New York before moving back to Philadelphia to tail Dick Clark at Whether he killed people in the name of the U. Because, despite what the man himself said in a 2003 interview with the A. Club, TV likely wouldn’t have been the same without him.
The photo was among several publicized by Huntington Beach detectives after Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for killing four women and a 12-year-old in the late 1970s.
The photo was spotted by Thornton’s relatives in 2013.