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.
"Between takes you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling. "Something about him, I could not be near him," Mills recalled. "He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it," Mills said. Before the decade was over, Alcala would claim four more victims, according to testimony at his trial.
Every one of them holds a different riddle, but only one of them holds the Jackpot riddle.
At any moment someone in the game could stand up and yell - JACKPOT!
This was Geoff Edwards' shining moment - emotionally torturing his overly-excited contestants for laughs.
No skill or knowledge was needed on The New Treasure Hunt.
Nobody at the time knew the man with the wavy long hair and toothy grin was an apparent psychopath -- an unstable, antisocial personality.
"The more time has gone by, the creepier it gets," he said, "because it kind of sinks in slowly. The music for this show was loud Las Vegas lounge with a game show gloss.High Rollers had the lovely Ruta Lee along as co-host, one of the classiest and most beautiful game show models of all time.Please welcome Rodney Alcala." After the three bachelors were announced, the young woman who would choose one of them for a date began asking questions. "I am kind of bending toward the other guy to get away from him, and I don't know if I did that consciously. "And he was very obnoxious and creepy -- he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate. CNN asked noted crime profiler Pat Brown to analyze Alcala's appearance on "The Dating Game." "He was aware that he could say things that were considered sexy and funny and the girl would like that," Brown told CNN.But thinking back on that, I probably did." Alcala was able to charm Cheryl Bradshaw from the other side of the "Dating Game" wall. "He watched the game and he gave those answers and he won, so he learned some tricks.In so many cases, the contestant was a large black woman who went absolutely berserk at the prospect of winning a big prize, jumping up and down, screaming at the top of her lungs and pummeling the poor host.This was part game show, part wrestling match - Geoff Edwards often ended the show on the floor or off to the side of the stage!Very funny and incredibly exciting, The New Treasure Hunt ran for three years but received a lot of criticism for being too exploitative (?!? Chuck Barris wrote the show's lovely, melodic end theme (this clip from the original music master).High Rollers Alex Trebek hosted this casino-style dice game.Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck Mc Cann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / 1966 ABC TV Shows / 1967 TV Shows / 1968 TV Shows / Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll / Fridays / TV Moms / Red Skelton / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening!(CNN) -- Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game." "Oh yeah, I remember it quite clearly," said Jed Mills, the game-show contestant who sat next to Alcala in 1978. Definitely creepy." Found guilty in February of murdering four women and a child, Alcala, 66, is acting as his own attorney in the penalty phase of the trial.