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The Dating Game Killer

Listen to The Dating Game Killer exclusively by subscribing to Wondery+. Start your free trial at wonderyplus.comIn 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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Introducing The Dating Game Killer

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/datinggamekillerSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

2mins

22 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Killer Psyche profiles Rodney Alcala: The Dating Game Killer

The Dating Game Killer took an in-depth look at the criminal mind of Rodney Alcala. Why did he commit these heinous crimes? What made his disturbing mind tick? Killer Psyche is a new podcast from Wondery explores these types of questions about the crimes that killers and criminals commit, and in a recent episode, they covered the Dating Game Killer. Host Candice Delong uses her five decades of experience as a clinical psychiatric nurse and FBI Agent to dissect the motivations and behaviors of the most terrifying felons in history. Listen to the rest of this episode at wondery.fm/KP_DatingGameKiller.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

6mins

16 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Wondery Presents: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

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