His father left, leaving Anna Maria to raise Alcala and his sisters alone.At around the age of 12, Anna Maria moved the family to Los Angeles.Prosecutors in Rock Springs, Wyo., said Tuesday that one of those victims was Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, of San Antonio.They said Alcala met Thornton and killed her while on a road trip, then buried her on a ranch in Granger, Wyo.However, the date never happened because the woman found him to be too creepy.Rodney Alcala was born on August 23, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas to Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez.At the age of 17, Alcala joined the Army and remained there until 1964 when he received a medical discharge after being diagnosed with a severe anti-social personality.
After that, investigative work by police in Huntington Beach and Wyoming – and a link to a federal database, Nam US, which matches DNA evidence to remains of unidentified people – helped connect the alleged crime to the picture.
Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.
Dubbed the "Dating Game Killer" Alcala was once a contestant on the show, "The Dating Game," where he won a date with another contestant.
Alcala pled guilty to the two murders on December 14.
He will now be returned to death row at San Quentin.