In March 2010, Alcala was sentenced to death for a third time.
Dating Game appearance In 1978, Alcala who had by then already killed at least two women was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game, despite being a convicted rapist and registered sex offender.
In 2003, prosecutors entered a motion to join the Samsoe charges with those of the four newly-discovered victims. In 2006, the California Supreme Court ruled in the prosecution's favor, and in 2009 Alcala stood trial once again.
At the third trial Alcala, acting as his own attorney, told jurors, often in a rambling monotone, that he was at Knott's Berry Farm when Samsoe was kidnapped.
He is sometimes labeled the "Dating Game Killer" due to his 1978 appearance on the American television show The Dating Game in the very midst of his murder spree.