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The Dating Game Killer: The True Story of a TV Dating Show, a Violent Sociopath, and a Series of Brutal Murders (St. Martin's True Crime Library) [Mass Market Paperback]

Stella Sands
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312535899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312535896
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Dating Game Killer In 1978, Rodney Alcala was a contestant on the "The Dating Game," one of America's most popular television shows at the time. Handsome, successful, and romantic, he was embraced by the audience--and chosen as the winner by the beautiful bachelorette. To viewers across the country, Rodney seemed like the answer to every woman's dreams. Until they learned the truth about his once and future crimes..... Full description

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating but little known story 27 Jan 2013
By Eckybun
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Rodney Alcala is known as "The Dating Game Killer" simply because he appeared on a dating show in the US during the period in which he committed the crimes for which he has been convicted. He actually was chosen by the bachelorette as her date (although she didn't go on the date with him as she thought he was a bit weird), but didn't harm anyone involved in the show. That said, he did immeasurable harm to a number of other women and their families, and it is this story that is told in the book. Stella Sands does an excellent job of telling us not only about Alcala, but about the young women and children he attacked, raped and killed. This is one of the things that makes this book stand out for me. Many books on murderers focus solely on the killers life and give us little insight into the victims. Sands has clearly researched each victim in detail and they come to life on the pages, making you realise what a tragic loss each life was and also what an impact their deaths had on their families and friends. Alcala has been on and off death row in California since 1980, but as the book points out, a proper sentence for an earlier crime may have saved the lives of the women and children he murdered. A fascinating read, but a terrible shame that he was allowed to commit the crimes which have made him infamous.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written :) 9 Nov 2011
By vampz
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This book based on the sick, twisted life of sadist and serial killer rodney alcala is a must for any fan of the true crime genre. The book hits you hard from the word go and cant fail to repulse even hardened true crime readers, im amazed how this seriously disturbed individual isnt more widely known as id heard little of him other than his appearence on the 1978 episode of the dating game which he won although he was already in the midst of his frenzied career as a killer. Probably one of the worst serial killers i have read about due to the dispicable way he killed and posed his victims, especially as some of them were children which can make it hard reading at times (especially for parents). your heart bleeds for the loss of the familys, it is extremely well written and keeps you hooked from the word go and makes you realise just how screwed up the american justice system actually is! Can only be compared to and in my opinion probably worse than ted bundy and richard ramirez if thats possible????? buy buy buy . . . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good true crime book. 26 Jun 2013
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It was very interesting to find how the murderer escaped detection for so long - certainly also says something about the US legal system!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dating game killer 13 Jun 2012
By Paulina
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It must sound awful but this book was really good. It had me hooked from start to finish. Very well written and documented. If you like True Crime you will like this book.

Pauline
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes a good read 12 July 2013
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I really enjoyed this book,it took u to the scene of the crime explaining in detail what had happened to the person murdered, went deep into the story of the serial killer how they caught him and his court case.Really enjoyed it.
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