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Friday, March 19, 2010

Orange County Prosecutor: Killer's Photos Could be of Additional Victims

Convicted murder Rodney Alcala has again been sentenced to death for two murders from the 1970's. The case gained attention outside of Orange County and has been featured in print and television news as Alcala represented himself on his third trial for multiple murders after the prior trials were reversed on appeal. Alcala also defended himself during the penalty phase of his trial where a jury recommended the death penalty. News reports of his death sentence brought attention to the many photos Alcala took during the 1970's. The Huntington Beach Police Department in Orange County released the photos to the media to see if it generated information from the public regarding the subjects in the photos. According to the Orange County Register prosecutor Matt Murphy expressed a concern that the people depicted in the photos were missing or possible additional victims of Alcala. The police were able to get a search warrant for a storage locker in Seattle and Alcala's home in Monterrey Park. Authorities explained that they have received calls from people stating that they are the subjects in the pictures. Some photos had addresses and the police have followed up with family members at those locations with no one being identified as missing. The photos can be seen on the Orange County Register website.

Anyone with information can contact Huntington Beach PD Detective Patrick Ellis at 714-375-5066, or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Ed Berakovich at 714-347-8492.

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Here is an Associated Press video regarding Alcala and the photos:

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