Serial Killer Rodney Alcala's Photo Trove Found

Rodney Alcala was sentenced to death in 1980 for the kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old girl from Huntington Beach, Calif. After the sentencing, then-Orange County Deputy DA Richard Farnell predicted Alcala had murdered more than the one girl, and he was right. Since then, he has been convicted of five more murders, and investigators worry that could be just the tip of the iceberg. Apparently, Alcala, a freelance photographer in the 70s, approached some of his victims by asking them to pose for him, as a way to gain a bit of their trust. And now,

Detectives recovered hundreds of photos of young women — apparently taken by Alcala before his 1979 arrest — during court-authorized searches of Alcala's Monterey Park home and a rented storage locker.

The obvious fear is that some of these subjects may have then been victimized. Orange County prosecutor Matt Murphy "is asking for the public's help in identifying the women in dozens of photographs, all taken before Alcala was arrested in July of 1979. Two of the photos are of unidentified young men." You can see the gallery here. And if you know who these people are, contact Huntington Beach police detective Patrick Ellis, at 714-375-5066, or email at pellis@hbpd.org. Images were shot before July 1979.

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