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article imageSerial killer Rodney Alcala sentenced to death

By KJ Mullins     Mar 30, 2010 in Crime
Los Angeles - A serial killer whose crime spree took place during the 1970's was given a death sentence Tuesday in Los Angeles. Rodney Alcala had been sentenced to death twice before for the death of Robin Samsoe.
Rodney Alcala, 66, was convicted in February for the first-degree murder of Robin Samsoe after DNA samples and forensic evidence linked him to the cold case.
Alcala acted as his own attorney during the trial allowing him to question the mother of one of his victims.
KTLA reports Marianne Connelly, the mother of Robin Samsoe read this statement to the court before Alcala's sentence was official:
"He is a cold blooded evil mass murdering monster that should have died years ago. Losing my precious Robin was the worst tragedy of my life and knowing the defendant tortured his victims makes it even harder to accept. I'm waiting for the day he dies. I only wish I could be the one to administer the (lethal) injection."
After Alcala was convicted authorities released over 100 photos of young women that had been in Alcala's possession. It is hoped that the photos will link him to the murders of other females across the nation.
This is the third time that Alcala has been sentenced to death for Samsoe's murder. The previous two convictions were overturned during the appeal process.
Young Robin Samsoe, 12, was never seen alive after leaving her home for her ballet class on a friend's bike on June 20, 1979. Her body, mutilated by animal bites, was found twelve days later in the Angeles National Forest.
Alcala's parole agent recognized him at the time from a police sketch. He was arrested a month later and remanded into custody. He has been in police custody since that time.
Alcala has also been charged with killing Jill Barcomb, 18, who had just moved to Los Angeles from Oneida, N.Y.; Georgia Wixted, 27, of Malibu; Charlotte Lamb, 32, of Santa Monica; and Jill Parenteau, 21, of Burbank reports MSNBC.
The Examiner reports that Alcala is also being investigated for murder in two cold cases in Seattle, 13-year old Tony Witaker and 17-year old Joyce Gaunt.
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