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Rodney Alcala Update: Calif. Serial Killer Indicted in NYC Cold-Case Murders, Says Report

Unidentified woman from serial killer Rodney Alcala's secret photo archives recovered by investigators in 1979. NYPD

Unidentified woman from Rodney Alcala's secret photo archives. (NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBS) Convicted California serial killer Rodney Alcala has been indicted in the 1970's murders of two New York women. 

PICTURES: Serial Killer's Secret Photos

According to the New York Daily News, Alcala is charged in the killing of 23-year-olds Cornelia Michel Crilley and Ellen Hover.

The News reports that Crilley was found raped and strangled in her apartment on the upper east side of Manhattan in 1971. Hover disappeared in 1977; her remains were found a year later north of the city.

Alcala reportedly lived in Manhattan on and off in the 70's and possibly studied film under Roman Polanski.

Alcala, now 67, was tried twice, convicted twice and sentenced to death twice - in 1980 and 1986 - for killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe on June 20, 1979. On March 9, 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to death for the third time for Samsoe's death as well as for the murder of four other women.

After his third conviction, Huntington Beach police decided to release some of Alcala's photos, recovered during their investigation of the murder Samsoe in 1979 from a storage space registered to Alcala in Seattle. They also sent over 200 photos whose backgrounds looked like they could have been taken in and around Manhattan to the New York City Police Department.

The Rodney Alcala trial was recently featured in an episode of 48 Hours|Mystery. 

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF RODNEY ALCALA ON CRIMESIDER

  • Edecio Martinez

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