Robin Samsoe: Huntington Beach May Honor 12-year-old Victim of ‘Dating Game’ Killer, Rodney Alcala
Thirty-five years after a 12-year-old girl was abducted off the streets of Huntington Beach and murdered in the foothills above Pasadena, leaders in the beach city are exploring building a memorial to the girl. Robin Samsoe was abducted in 1979 as she biked to a ballet class.
Her decomposed body was later found in the brush in the Angeles National Forest. Rodney Alcala, a prolific serial killer and a onetime “Dating Game” contestant, was convicted three separate times for the child’s murder – the first two convictions were reversed on appeals.
He was also convicted of killing four Los Angeles area women and two women in New York during the 1970s. Alcala is now on death row.
Council members in Huntington Beach said it is past time to create a memorial honoring the girl, who was Alcala’s youngest victim. Meeting last week, council members voted unanimously to create an ad hoc committee to study creating the memorial.
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