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The Dating Game Killer

English, Investigative journalism, 1 season, 21 episodes, 2 hours, 56 minutes
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The Dating Game Killer by Hollywood & Crime premieres March 5th. In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer. Binge all episodes now with Wondery+. Join now at wondery.com/plus
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3/11/20246 minutes, 12 seconds
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2/12/20246 minutes, 34 seconds
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1/22/20245 minutes, 23 seconds
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1/8/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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11/13/20238 minutes, 1 second
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10/30/20238 minutes, 36 seconds
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Listen Now: I Hear Fear

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10/16/20235 minutes, 1 second
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Listen Now – Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University

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9/18/202311 minutes, 1 second
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9/5/20236 minutes, 5 seconds
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8/21/20235 minutes, 41 seconds
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7/31/20236 minutes, 30 seconds
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7/17/20235 minutes, 59 seconds
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Where to find Episodes 2-7 of The Dating Game Killer

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7/3/202342 seconds
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7/3/20238 minutes, 10 seconds
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Introducing: Something Was Wrong

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6/19/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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5/1/20235 minutes, 1 second
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Introducing Foretold: Can a fortuneteller change her future?

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4/11/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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3/14/20236 minutes, 3 seconds
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Killer Psyche profiles Rodney Alcala: The Dating Game Killer

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9/16/20216 minutes, 39 seconds
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Tali | 1

Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds her attacker’s student ID. His name: Rodney Alcala.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/datinggamekillerSupport us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/24/202050 minutes, 56 seconds
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Introducing The Dating Game Killer

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.Available exclusively on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/22/20202 minutes, 14 seconds