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Prosecutors said that Alcala "toyed" with his victims, strangling them until they lost consciousness, then waiting until they revived, sometimes repeating this process several times before finally killing them.Alcala compiled a collection of more than 1,000 photographs of women and teenage boys, many in sexually explicit poses.In 1954 his mother moved Alcala and his siblings (two sisters and a brother) to suburban Los Angeles when he was about 11 years old. To evade the resulting arrest warrant, Alcala left the state and enrolled in the NYU film school, using the name "John Berger".In 1971, he obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children using a slightly different alias, "John Burger".In 1978, Alcala was a contestant on the popular game show The Dating Game.Host Jim Lange introduced him as a "successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.a few months later, two children attending the arts camp noticed his photo on an FBI poster at the post office. By then, Shapiro's parents had relocated their entire family to Mexico and refused to allow her to testify at Alcala's trial.
Once again, he was paroled after serving two years of an "indeterminate sentence".Alcala used his good looks and charm to approach women and used that to his advantage. In 1964, after what was described as a nervous breakdown — during which he went AWOL and hitchhiked from Fort Bragg to his mother's house — he was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder Other diagnoses later proposed by various psychiatric experts at his trials included narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and (from homicide expert Vernon J.In 1951, Alcala's father moved the family to Mexico, then abandoned them three years later. Geberth) malignant narcissistic personality disorder with psychopathy and sexual sadism comorbidities.In 1977, after Alcala's second release, his Los Angeles parole officer took the unusual step of permitting a repeat offender—and known flight risk—to travel to New York City.NYPD cold-case investigators now believe that a week after arriving in Manhattan, Alcala killed Ellen Jane Hover, 23, daughter of the owner of the popular Hollywood nightclub Ciro's and goddaughter of Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.