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In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.

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In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekiller
Tali | 1

Tali | 1

2020-03-0553:52243

Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds her attacker’s student ID. His name: Rodney Alcala.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Simplisafe - Go to Simplisafe.com/DatingGame for free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial.Urban Stems - Get 15% off your order when you use code DATINGGAME at urbanstems.com
Rehabilitated | 2

Rehabilitated | 2

2020-03-0542:45147

After being convicted of child molestation, Rodney Alcala becomes a model prisoner and works hard to convince the parole board he is no longer a threat. But when he is released less than two months later, he strikes again.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Bodewell- Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.Simplisafe - Go to Simplisafe.com/DatingGame for free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial.
Bachelor Number One | 3

Bachelor Number One | 3

2020-03-1144:35113

Rodney Alcala appears as a hopeful contestant on the popular TV show The Dating Game, attempting to win the heart of an eligible bachelorette. Soon after, he kills again, with disastrous consequences.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Bodewell - Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.Simplisafe - Go to Simplisafe.com/DatingGame for free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial.Urban Stems - Get 15% off your order when you use code DATINGGAME at urbanstems.com
Mile Marker 11 | 4

Mile Marker 11 | 4

2020-03-1841:48102

Another body is found, and one of the detectives on the case recognizes Rodney Alcala on a rerun episode of The Dating Game. As police close in, they begin to suspect they have a serial killer on their hands.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerThank you to our sponsors:Urban Stems - Get 15% off your order when you use code DATINGGAME at urbanstems.com
The Witness | 5

The Witness | 5

2020-03-2554:08110

Hoping for a not guilty decision, Rodney Alcala’s defense attorney plans to discredit the state’s main witness and keep Alcala’s prior criminal record out of court. But the mother of one of his victims has a plan of her own.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Bodewell - Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.Simplisafe - Go to Simplisafe.com/DatingGame for free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial.Upstart - Head to Upstart.com/DatingGame to find out how low your rate can be!Urban Stems - Get 15% off your order when you use code DATINGGAME at urbanstems.com
Rodney Alcala’s initial conviction and sentence are only the beginning of his time in court. What follows is a 30-year odyssey through the American judicial system. Will the families and friends of his victims ever receive justice?Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Bodewell - Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.The RealReal - Visit TheRealReal.com and enter promo code REAL for 20% off select items.Simplisafe - Go to Simplisafe.com/DatingGame for free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial.Upstart - Head to Upstart.com/DatingGame to find out how low your rate can be!Urban Stems - Get 15% off your order when you use code DATINGGAME at urbanstems.com
Host Tracy Pattin talks with retired LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Bob Souza and true crime social historian Joan Renner about Rodney Alcala and other serial killers who operated in and around Los Angeles from the 1970s to the 1990s.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Bodewell - Go to Bodewellskin.com/DatingGame and use promo code DATINGGAME for 30% off your first order.The RealReal - Visit TheRealReal.com and enter promo code REAL for 20% off select items.Simplisafe - Go to Simplisafe.com/DatingGame for free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial.
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Comments (91)

Dee Smith

Great 👍 podcast but they did repeat themselves a hell of a lot

Oct 30th
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Dee Smith

They do repeat themselves a hell of a lot

Oct 29th
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Dee Smith

I think 🤔 if you take a life & it can be proved 💯% them they should be put to death America has trouble getting the injections to do this as the companies how supply it thinks it’s to painful Well booo hoo to them I’m sure they didn’t think how they could kill without pain Fk them all I think it’s great 👍

Oct 29th
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Ebany Hill

which one of these animals were you?I don't think differences of opinions or race should be your subject,as there's much more at stake.get over it !! there's soo much more you could be doing,especially considering your current state of mind,you cold start by seeing another fellow humans true worth and values

Oct 28th
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Dee Smith

Let’s hope Cropper bear has any kids She is fully fkd

Oct 28th
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Dee Smith

For a firefighter 👩‍🚒 she was shit She was completely STUPID PLEASE DO NOT SEND HER TO MY HOUSE 🏠 IF ITS ON FIRE 🔥

Oct 28th
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Dee Smith

I just love 💔 this app it’s got the best hosts & stories Thank god for ppl like Donald I only wish there were more ppl like him that to CONTROL 👍

Oct 25th
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Elaine Jeffrey

OKAY BUT HIS MOTHER NEEDS TO BE CHARGED WITH ACCESSORY. WHY TF DOES THIS BITCH KEEP GETTING HER MONSTER OF A SON OUT OF JAIL?

Oct 12th
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david riley

dressing up a pig and then placing next to an ugly hog, don't help

Oct 7th
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Don Purpura

nothing special

Sep 18th
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Abigail

So I guess that bit in Episode 1 about how, "The [Shapiro] family would not return to the United States again. Not even to testify at the trial of her attacker," was just a fun little bit of misdirection?

Sep 10th
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RS B

I love the format! It is layed out like a well written book. I was sorry to read some listeners didn't like the format. I suspect it's a right brain/left brain "thing". Some find they can follow a story when writers unfold it chronologically chapter by chapter; other brains are stimulated by less order. Kind of like a 3 steps forward, 1 step back.

Aug 9th
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lynn

Dana needs to get her shit together

Aug 8th
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lynn

So he admits to raping her, they let him go and he just keeps raping girls. I literally can't...

Aug 7th
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lynn

Why are they letting him go they know exactly what he is doing.....WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!

Aug 7th
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lynn

Absolutely astonished that they caught and let him go TWICE. Our system is fucked, I don't care what year it is. insane.

Aug 7th
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Jq Baker

That was a great episode!

Aug 1st
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ID18441259

I really tried, but I really don’t like how much they jump around. Why not tell it in chronological order? I feel like I’m listening to Pulp Fiction.

Jun 16th
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Jess Hart

Grim and harrowing.

May 30th
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Sky Six

This podcast takes a great story and shreds it with their storytelling. Pretty disappointing, but I suppose the vision they had for it just isn't a fit for me.

May 29th
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