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Later that summer, two children at the same camp where Alcala worked noticed an FBI most-wanted poster at the post office and notified the camp directors.
The FBI made a quick arrest, but Shapiro’s family had already relocated across the border to Mexico to forget the horror they had to live through.
The known serial killings started in the July of 1977 when the lifeless body of Ellen Hover was discovered in her New York apartment.
With a near-genius IQ of 135, Alcala used his smooth-talking charm to get selected to compete on the ABC prime-time show The Dating Game in 1978.
8-year-old Tali Shapiro was on her way to school when Alcala lured her into his car by promising to show her a cute picture.
Instead, he drove to his apartment on De Longpre Avenue, where he brutally raped and beat her with a steel bar.
Without the testimony, prosecutors were not able to convict Alcala of rape and attempted murder.
Alcala pled guilty to a lesser charge of assault and was paroled after 34 months.