Who hosted the dating game
He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala's trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.
Peel me." Bradshaw erupts into laughter as the crowd applauds.Alcala won the game, hardly surprising given his unbridled outward charm.Bradshaw recalled the experience in 2012, telling The Sunday Telegraph that she hoped the game show would lead her to true love. I didn't want to see him again."Thirty years after the show aired, Alcala's competitors both recalled the serial killer's odd demeanor.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.Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.
Even a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.
(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.
“As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife Nancy said.
In addition to his wife, Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday.