After a stint in the army, Alcala graduated from UCLA and attended NYU, leaving a trail of victims in his wake.Alcala has been convicted of committing five murders and has confessed to an additional 30.
While the exact victim count remains unknown, Alcala is suspected to have killed as many as 130 women and children before he was finally captured in 1980.
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in 1978 — and subsequently, a place in history as one of America's most prolific serial killers.
Alcala preyed on young attractive women and lured them by telling them he was a professional photographer and wanted to enter their photos in a contest.
However, based on the number of pictures that he took of his victims, and the many different locations that accusations are pouring in from, he might have actually killed closer to 130 women.
Some investigators believe that the estimate is high, but not too far off, as it's definitely in the upper double digits.
He would strangle them until they blacked out and once they awakened, he would strangle them again.
He also raped his victims, and beat some of them with metal rods and other items.
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