The Dating Game (1965–1986)
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Episode dated 13 September 1978 


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Episode credited cast:
... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodney Alcala ... Himself
... Himself
Cheryl Bradshaw ... Herself
... Himself


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Game-Show | Romance



Release Date:

13 September 1978 (USA)  »

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At the time of his 1978 appearance on this show, contestant Rodney Alcala was a convicted rapist, having served time in prison for the rape of an 8-year-old girl. In 2010 he was sentenced to death in California for five murders he committed between 1977 and 1979. He is thought to be responsible for many others, and in early 2011 he was indicted in connection with the deaths of two other women during the 1970s. Contestant Cheryl Bradshaw, who chose Alcala as the winning bachelor, ultimately declined to go out on a date with him, claiming later that he was "creepy". Fellow contestant Jed Mills (bachelor #2) has been quoted by CNN as saying of Alcala, ""Something about him, I could not be near him," Mills said last year. "I am kind of bending toward the other guy to get away from him [during the show], and I don't know if I did that consciously. But thinking back on that, I probably did." See more »


Referenced in The Dating Game Killer (2017) See more »

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