Rodney Alcala Update: Convicted serial killer on death row suspected in 1977 Calif. murder

Rodney Alcala Update: Convicted serial killer on death row suspected in another Calif. murder
Rodney Alcala
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(CBS/AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. - Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, who is on death row in California for five murders in the 1970s, is suspected in the long-unsolved murder of a 19-year-old aspiring actress in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Marin County investigators believe Alcala, 67, is responsible for the death of 19-year-old Pamela Jean Lambson, who went missing in 1977 after a trip to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, reports The Los Angeles Times.

According to the victim's mother, Lambson went to meet an unidentified photographer at an Oakland A's baseball game and was never seen again.

Lambson's body was recovered shortly thereafter near a Marin County trail. Her murder went unsolved for more than 30 years until investigators reopened the case after receiving word about Alcala's murder spree in Southern California during the 1970s, says The Los Angeles Times.

However, detectives say Alcala, a photographer and one-time "Dating Game" contestant, will not be charged with the crime due to insufficient genetic material.

Alcala was sentenced to death last year for the strangling of four California women and 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in the 1970s, all of which prosecutors say were laced with sexual abuse and torture.

After his conviction, police released more than 100 photographs that were seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker Alcala rented.

Alcala has also been indicted in New York on murder charges in the deaths of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover.

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

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