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Serial Killer and Dating Game - Bachelor Appeared on TV Show Looking for Love

Mar 9, 2010

Crime Beat Hollywood - The Dating Game, the TV game show from the 1970s where singles looked for love, had a serial killer on the show, it has been revealed thanks to a trial.

According to a CNN report, before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game" in the late seventies. He was found guilty in February of murdering four women and a child and that is where the odd connection to the TV show is revealed.

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Before the current reality TV program "The Bachelor" (now popular on ABC) "The Dating Game" was how men and women sought fame and love on television. The TV game show had a format where one contestant questioned three contestants of the opposite sex hidden behind a wall and picked the date from the answers given without seeing the person they would choose as their date.

It was a US TV game show staple during the era of three channel viewing. After the Q&A session, a winner was picked and the show paid for their date.

This particular show could have ended in disaster as something was missed as Alcala already had a criminal record when he made his appearance on "The Dating Game".

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CNN has more details on the discovery and adds: "Alcala, who already had been convicted for the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl, was the first contestant to be introduced in the game-show episode."

His introduction is recalled this way: "Bachelor No. 1 is a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the dark room at the age of 13, fully developed," host Jim Lange said. "Between takes you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling. Please welcome Rodney Alcala."

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He must have been a charmer as he actually won a date with the bachelorette. Alcala won a date with contestant Cheryl Bradshaw, who then refused to go out with him, according to the report.

This article has been updated and corrected since its original posting to include more information.

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