She is the latest victim to be linked to Alcala, nicknamed the “Dating Game Killer” because he appeared on TV’s in 1978. Alcala has been in prison since 1979 for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in California.In the years since his incarceration, he has been linked to seven additional murders, including this most recent case in Wyoming.
Preston laughs and adds that with the constant interest in retro fashions, her wardrobe didn't feel that different.A re-creation of that moment is part of the made-for-cable film "The Dating Game Killer," slated to be broadcast at 8 p.m. Preston's character is not based on a real person but is a mix of several women who lost children to the serial killer.Diaz had to take on the disturbing role of a man with a near-genius IQ who preyed on young attractive women, luring them by claims he was a professional photographer who wanted to enter their photos in a contest.On an episode of the game show airing in 1978, the woman doing the picking made the worst possible choice.She selected Rodney Alcala, America's most prolific serial killer. Guillermo Diaz ("Scandal") takes on the role of Alcala, while Carrie Preston ("The Good Wife") plays Carol Jensen, a mother who tirelessly seeks justice for her murdered daughter.In September 2016, authorities in Wyoming charged Alcala with the 1977 murder of Christine Thornton, a 28-year-old Texas woman who was killed and buried while she was on a road trip almost 40 years ago.Thornton was six months pregnant at the time of her murder.All those positive qualities and then when he would go to the dark side and kill people, I could ease into that," Diaz says."Sadly, all these victims fell for his charms."Diaz briefly considered trying to arrange a meeting with Alcala, but after some very strong advice that would not be helpful, Diaz turned to research he found online, including the actual appearance by Alcala on "The Dating Game," which he used to fill in the spaces left by the script."I finally decided not to go face-to-face with this guy to give him any kind of excitement about us making a movie about his life," Diaz says.Investigators believe, however, that the 73-year-old Alcala is responsible for many more deaths than even the eight he has been charged with so far.In fact, it is estimated that the serial killer may be responsible for up to 130 murders.