There were already four bodies to his name when he popped up on national TV, smiling with perfect hair.
Rodney Alcala, one of the most infamous serial killers in U. history, would eventually be arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.
He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.
A team scored 25 points if two teammates matched answers or 50 points if all three contestants matched.The first team to score 100 points won 0 and played the Audience Match, which featured three survey questions (some of which, especially after 1963, featured a numeric-answer format; e.g., "we surveyed 50 women and asked them how much they should spend on a hat," a format similar to the one that was later used on Family Feud and Card Sharks).In 1963, NBC cancelled the series with six weeks left to be recorded.Question writer Dick De Bartolo came up with a funnier set of questions, like "Mary likes to pour gravy all over John's _____," and submitted it to Mark Goodson." "The best time is at night," he replies, smiling. [Morning and afternoon] are okay, but nighttime is when it really gets good."The convicted child rapist, then a typesetter at the Los Angeles Times, goes on to do a chilling impression of a "dirty old man." He also answers a question about what he would be called if he were a meal by stating, "I'm called ' The banana' and I look really good.
Peel me." Bradshaw erupts into laughter as the crowd applauds.(He remains in prison in California.) While Alcala's body count is unknown, police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least dozens of women, with some counts running as high as 130 – and there are still over 100 photographs of unidentified women who may have been his victims.But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.Backstage after the show, however, she saw the real Alcala. "He was kind of a creepy guy," Jed Mills, the bachelor next to Alcala, said in 2010.The couple won tennis lessons and a trip to Magic Mountain, but Bradshaw declined to go on the date. (In another insane twist, Mills would go on to play the fat-free yogurt shop owner on Seinfeld.) "The people [in the audience] were actually snickering and even low-murmuring boos as to his answers," bachelor number three Armand Cerami recalled that year, as well.Each contestant who agreed with the most popular answer to a question earned the team , for a possible total of 0.