Dating game serial killer suspect
And he actually got picked." So when news spread of Robin's June 20, 1979, disappearance and then murder, Beth had no reason to suspect her boyfriend.
They had just spent a weekend together in Northern California."There was no difference in personality, no difference in the things we did, the things we talked about," she recalls. That nobody could account for his whereabouts at that time," Murphy tells Dow.
Everything she did, she did to please me," she says.
"Everybody could be complaining about being bored, and me and Robin would find ourselves doing cartwheels and back walkovers."The other love of Robin's life was her mom, Maryanne."She was probably the most loving child a mother could have.His passion and his generous spirit are deeply woven into the fabric of this broadcast. "A beige colored car with no license plates was following this little girl.""Tali Shapiro was an 8-year-old girl walking to school back in 1968," says Orange County Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy."A good Samaritan, a witness, sees the little girl, the little 8-year-old Tali get in the car. follows him and puts a call into LAPD," says Los Angeles Detective Steve Hodel."I went to that location," Camacho recalls. He was a student at UCLA - an undergrad student.""That's one of the first times he ever turned up on the radar for law enforcement," Murphy says. and we were in combat I was trying to save this guy… And that was the last I heard of them," says Camacho. "So I think that created logistical problems for the D. back then."In 1972, Alcala pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child molestation."He ultimately was convicted of child molest," Murphy tells Harold Dow.He had spent more than a year working on this story, and was determined to bring this intricate tale to our viewers. "Rodney Alcala managed to give them the slip.""Unfortunately," Camacho explains, "the other officers - when I kicked the front door - came running around to assist me and - the suspect went out the back door."But moments later, when Camacho walked back into the kitchen where Tali was, he witnessed a miracle. And I thought, 'One for the good guys.' She's gonna make it."Clinging to life, Tali was rushed to the hospital."Had it not been for that police officer, Tali Shapiro would have died on Rodney Alcala's kitchen floor," says Orange County Deputy D. The investigation was now in the hands of detectives. Steve Hodel was grasping at thin air."All kinds of rumors. "He received one year to life in the old indeterminate sentencing laws."And I said, I go, 'It was the man, that man that took our picture,'" she says.
"I really was the only person that could tell you the exact color of his eyes, the height of his cheekbones, the color of his skin, just every detail."On July 2, 1979, 12 days after Robin last said goodbye to her friend and rode off on her bike, detectives showed up at Maryanne's door and delivered the news no one wanted to hear-Robin's body had been found. "He said, 'We can't do that.' I said, 'That's my baby, Of course I can see her. ' He said, 'Because it took us three days to identify her.' I said, 'What's wrong with you people?The decision to release Rodney Alcala would have catastrophic consequences."His thrill is seeking his prey, capturing, torturing, hurting. "What he learned in prison was I'm not going to let my victims live."It was the spring of 1979 in Southern California, and the disco era was in full swing.