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The Creepy Photography of a Serial Killer… Rodney Alcala’s Portraits

When I was 16, a guy tried to get me to get into his van to show me his photographic equipment, telling me he’d like to take my photo for his portfolio. I knew he was full of shit, because my best friend had just given me the world’s worst haircut (think Sumo undercut) and my green hairdye was seriously fading – no way I looked like a fucking “model.” When I told my mom about it later that day, she freaked out, because she had lived through the era of Rodney Alcala. Alcala is on death row right now for seven murders he committed in the 70s. But police suspected he had killed more, and later found a huge collection of photos in storage that he had taken of young women, portraits and head shots –  women who trusted that the man behind the camera had the best intentions, and believed they were special. In the context of his legacy of horror, these photos are so haunting, and the look in these young women’s eyes cuts into your soul. Check out the photos below as well as a short documentary about Alcala.

Unidentified photos of possible victims

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Rodney Alcala, the convicted serial killer who is on Death Row in California, was sentenced to 25 years to life for two murders he confessed to committing in the 1970s. In 1979, a trove of photographs were discovered in a Seattle storage unit rented by Alcala with many of the subjects never being identified. These are some of them.

If you recognize anyone, please contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers’ Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS

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Identified – ALIVE

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Help Find Serial Killer Rodney Alcala’s Victims

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  1. Renaud Giuliano

    September 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    The 4th girl looks like Chelsea Wolfe!

  2. Lucy Jayne Martin

    September 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Lydia Martin

  3. James Lyle

    September 29, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Courtney Campbell

  4. Tessa Eline

    September 29, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Dok Tər Mandrakis

  5. Tony Jake Jordan

    September 29, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I just listened to the documentary on him. Growing up I always heard the obligatory Dahmer/Gein/Bundy/Berkowitz/Manson talk, but Rodney Alcala was never mentioned yet he was just as horrendous as those guys.

    • Lauren Gargano

      September 29, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Same here. I just heard about him earlier this year.

  6. Amber Redfox White

    September 29, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Mitchell Wood Gantly

  7. Jesse Zuniga

    September 29, 2015 at 5:18 am


  8. Kenny Sambiase

    September 29, 2015 at 1:17 am


    • Elisa Creton

      September 29, 2015 at 2:20 am

      Yep! Il photographiait les victimes avant la boucherie..

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