8. Rodney Alcala
This photo of Rodney “The Dating Game Killer” Alcala with a young girl sitting on his knee is even more chilling when you realize that her identity is still unknown. Alcala’s killing spree in California and New York (and possibly elsewhere) between 1971 and 1979 claimed the lives of at least eight known victims. Sadly, the real victim count could be higher as photos taken by Alcala of more than 100 women and children were later discovered.
He photographed Liane Leedom in 1979 when she was 17 years old. Leedom recalled, “He invited me into his mother’s home, and so I went in and we talked. He was very preoccupied with the idea that he was a member of Mensa.”
She escaped with her life that day. A friend who knew of Alcala’s reputation saw her get out of the killer’s car and warned Leedom’s father, “You better tell your daughter to stay away from him.”
Others were not so lucky.