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To evade the resulting arrest warrant he left the state and enrolled in the NYU film school, using the name "John Berger".
In 1971, he obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children using a slightly different alias, "John Burger".
Alcala compiled a collection of more than 1,000 photographs of women and teenage boys, many in sexually explicit poses. Army in 1960, at age 17, where he served as a clerk.
The year of his graduation, 1968, was also the year of his first known act of sexual violence — the brutal rape and beating of 8-year-old Tali Shapiro.
In 1968, when Alcala took Tali Shapiro to his apartment and beat her nearly to death, police in pursuit made the choice to save the girl instead of running after Alcala, and he made a lucky break for it.
Nobody at the time knew the man with the wavy long hair and toothy grin was an apparent psychopath -- an unstable, antisocial personality.
That includes Mills, a veteran television and film actor, whose only encounter with Alcala was when both of them appeared on "The Dating Game." "That's when I became part of a nightmare, and I didn't realize it was a nightmare until 32 years later," Mills said.
Alcala, who already had been convicted for the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl, was the first contestant to be introduced in the game-show episode. 1 is a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the dark room at the age of 13, fully developed," host Jim Lange said. "The best time is at night," Alcala answered with a wide smile. 2, said he had an almost immediate aversion to Alcala. If Alcala appeared likable to viewers at home, Mills said he was the complete opposite when they sat together in the show's green room, where the show's contestants waited before going on air. He was a standout creepy guy in my life." Within months of his "Dating Game" appearance, Alcala would become a killer, prosecutors said, abducting and murdering a 12-year-old girl in 1979.