Dating game for women
In Rodney Alcala’s case, the whole story consisted of at least four prior murders that he hadn’t been definitively linked to yet.
As you can probably imagine, Cheryl Bradshaw’s rejection likely only fueled Alcala’s fire.
Bradshaw, if not for a healthy jolt of women’s intuition, would almost certainly be remembered today as one of Alcala’s victims.
“I started to feel ill,” Bradshaw told the Sydney Telegraph in 2012. I remember him because I told my brother about this one guy who was kind of good-looking but kind of creepy.
After spending three years behind bars, he soon spent another two years in prison for assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Then, authorities regrettably let parolee and flight risk Alcala travel to New York to “visit relatives.” Investigators now believe that within seven days of his arrival there, he killed a college student named Elaine Hover who was the daughter of a popular Hollywood nightclub owner and goddaughter of both Sammy Davis Jr. Soon after all of this, Alcala somehow got a job at the as a typesetter in 1978, under his real name, which was now attached to a substantial criminal record.
The year after the appearance, 17-year-old Liane Leedom was lucky enough to walk away unscathed from a photoshoot with Rodney Alcala, and she remarked how he “showed her his portfolio, which in addition to shots of women included spread after spread of [naked] teenage boys.” Police have since released parts of Alcala’s “portfolio” to the public to aid in victim identification (the photos are still available to view).
Over the years, a few have stepped forward to reveal their horrifying moment with this predator.