ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.When you think of "The Dating Game", you think of the charming bachelors and the bashful contestants, right? But before he was known for his murders, he was known as "Bachelor #1." In 1978, Alcala appeared on the popular dating show, with producers somehow overlooking his 1972 conviction for the rape of an 8-year-old girl with a steel bar. His exact body count is unknown, but police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least DOZENS of women, with some counts even putting it in the hundreds.Then the judge turned away from her microphone and broke into sobs before gathering herself and continuing. "In 30 years, I've never had a case like this." The first of Alcala's New York victims was TWA flight attendant Cornelia Crilley, whom Alcala strangled with pantyhose in 1971, leaving her raped, bitten and beaten body in her Upper West Side apartment.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
It's pretty disturbing watching him use his charm and smile to win the affection of Cheryl.
Knowing he would later go on to choke his victims until they passed out before killing them, you really just want to yell at Cheryl to run. I didn't want to see him again."Alcala is still alive in prison today, with his death sentence overturned not once, but twice.
1," the mop-haired Alcala now returns to San Quentin prison in California, where he will languish on death row for a '70s West Coast murder spree that claimed four women and a 12-year-old girl.
"This is the kind of case I've never experienced, and hope to never again," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner told yesterday's courtroom audience, which was packed with family members and friends of the two young New York victims.