‘Dating Game’ killer sentenced for 1970s murders of 2 young New York women

So-called “Dating Game” serial killer  Rodney Alcala was sentenced Monday in the murders of two 23-year-old women in the 1970’s.

In the courtroom he chose not speak, only uttering “no” when asked he if would like to talk before his sentencing.

Judge Bonnie Whittner had to stop during the emotional sentencing, seemingly crying  a bit before she told Alcala, 69, that he would serve two 25-years-to-life sentences for the murders. He pleaded guilty in December. He is already on death row in California for murdering four women and a 12-year-old girl.

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala appears on “The Dating Game” in 1978

“Clearly the young girls that were murdered by Rodney Alcala were not forgotten by their families or friends over the past decades.  And certainly they were not forgotten by this office or by the New York City police department,”  District Attorney Cyrus Vance at a news conference Monday.

Alcala appeared on “The Dating Game” in 1978, earning him the nickname “The Dating Game” killer. Investigators now say he had already murdered several women before that appearance.

 Ellen Hover and Cornelia Crilley

Ellen Hover, left, the daughter of a nightclub owner, was killed in 1977. Flight attendant Cornelia Crilley was killed in 1971. They were both 23 when the were murdered by Rodney Alcala.

The New York murders were long considered cold cases. Flight attendant Cornelia Crilley was killed in 1971. She was found strangled in her Manhattan apartment. After the sentencing, her sister described her as pretty and funny.

“She was in the prime of her life  and we will miss her and love her forever,” said Katie Stigell.

Ellen Hover, the daughter of a nightclub owner, was killed in 1977. Her body was later discovered in Westchester. Loved ones said she played piano, painted and dreamed of medical school.

“I hope this case brings hope to the other families of cold cases,” said Hover’s college roommate Anita Feinberg.

And there may be more victims. The district attorney said investigators across the country are looking at Alcala as a possible suspect in other cold-case murders.


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