SANTA ANA, Calif. (CBS/AP) Serial killer Rodney Alcala will be formally sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury recommended the death penalty for the 1970s strangling and beating deaths of four women and a 12-year-old girl.
The same jury convicted Alcala, 66, last month of five counts of first-degree murder after a bizarre and sometimes surreal trial. Alcala acted as his own attorney and unveiled a rambling defense strategy that included questioning the mother of one of his victims, playing an Arlo Guthrie ballad and showing a clip from the 1970s TV show "The Dating Game."
After the verdict, authorities released more than 100 photos of young women and girls found in Alcala's possession in hopes of linking him to other unsolved murders around the country. Authorities from New Hampshire to Washington are now trying to determine if the UCLA graduate may have killed in their states.
Alcala has been sentenced to death twice before in the 1979 murder of young Robin Samsoe, but those verdicts were overturned on appeal. Prosecutors refiled charges in that case and added the four other murders in 2006 after investigators linked them to Alcala using DNA samples and other forensic evidence.
Those cases, which had gone unsolved for decades, went on trial for the first time this year.
Anyone with information about the women in the pictures is asked
to call Huntington Beach Police Detective Patrick Ellis at 714-375-5066.