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By Britney Barnes | March 3, 2010
More than 30 years after 12-year-old Robin Samsoe was murdered, former Huntington Beach Police Department Det. Steve Mack is still awaiting justice. Rodney James Alcala, 66, was found guilty of killing the Huntington Beach girl for the third time last week. He was also convicted of murdering four Los Angeles women. Alcala was twice sentenced to death, but the convictions were overturned on appeal. With the third conviction, the jury is left to decide whether Alcala will get the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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By Britney Barnes | February 23, 2010
The jury began deliberation just before 4 p.m. Tuesday in the third death penalty trial for a man charged with the murder and kidnapping of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl. Rodney James Alcala is being tried for the murder of Robin Samsoe and four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. He is charged with a series of murder and kidnapping charges and a number of enhancements for rape and torture. The 66-year-old was twice sentenced to death for Robin’s murder, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.
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By Britney Barnes | February 24, 2010
The jury has begun deliberations in the third death penalty trial for a man charged with murdering and kidnapping a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl more than three decades ago. Rodney James Alcala is being tried for the murder of Robin Samsoe in 1979 and four Los Angeles women in the late 1970s. Two days of closing arguments wrapped up Tuesday with Alcala, acting as his own attorney, completely ignoring the Los Angeles cases. The suspected serial killer spent more than three hours trying to convince the jury of his innocence in Robin’s death.
LOCAL
February 4, 2010
The third trial for a man twice convicted of killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl continues. Rodney James Alcala, 66, has been convicted twice for the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, but both convictions were thrown out on appeal. Alcala is standing trial for the third time for the murder of Robin and now four Los Angeles women. He is charged with a series of murder and kidnapping charges with enhancements for rape, intent to inflict torture, intent to kill during burglary and kidnapping from the late 1970s, according to court documents.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | February 25, 2010
Rodney James Alcala was found guilty on all counts this afternoon of the murder of Robin Samsoe in 1979 and four Los Angeles women in the late 1970s. Robin and a friend were approached by Alcala on the beach June 20, 1979. He used a line about a photo contest to take their picture. Robin borrowed her friend’s bike and took off for ballet class, but wasn’t seen again until her skeletal remains were found in the woods of Sierra Madre. This is Alcala’s third guilty conviction for Robin’s death.
LOCAL
April 8, 2010
A number of women have been identified from photographs taken by serial killer Rodney James Alcala, officials said. The Huntington Beach Police Department has identified 20 women from more than 100 photos released to the public in March, said Capt. Chuck Thomas at a City Council meeting Monday. The photographs were found in a storage locker in Seattle that Alcala tried to keep hidden from authorities. The pictures, taken before 1979, show women, as well as girls and two boys.
NEWS
March 11, 2010
Authorities have released pictures taken by serial killer Rodney James Alcala in hopes of locating any other victims. Police are releasing more than 100 photographs of women and children Alcala photographed over the years found in his Seattle storage locker. Alcala, 66, was sentenced to death March 9 for the murder and kidnapping of 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl Robin Samsoe in 1979 and the murder of four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. He has been convicted and sentenced to death twice before for Robin’s death, but twice the convictions were overturned on appeal.
LOCAL
June 13, 2008
A suspected serial killer will have his trial for the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of a Huntington Beach girl combined with those for four Los Angeles killings, the California Supreme Court has ruled. Rodney James Alcala, 62, was convicted twice of killing 12-year-old Huntington Beach resident Robin Samsoe, but both convictions were thrown out on appeal. In the meantime, he spent decades on death row at San Quentin prison. Before a third trial began, Los Angeles County investigators announced they had DNA evidence that Alcala was linked to the killings of four young women in the months before Samsoe’s death.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 30, 2010
A serial killer responsible for the death and kidnapping of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl was sentenced to death Tuesday by an Orange County Superior Court judge. Rodney James Alcala, 66, was given the death penalty for the murder and kidnapping of Robin Samsoe in 1979 and the murder of four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. Alcala was convicted of five counts of murder Feb. 25. “This serial killer is a monster who, for his own sexual gratification . . .
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LOCAL
April 8, 2010
A number of women have been identified from photographs taken by serial killer Rodney James Alcala, officials said. The Huntington Beach Police Department has identified 20 women from more than 100 photos released to the public in March, said Capt. Chuck Thomas at a City Council meeting Monday. The photographs were found in a storage locker in Seattle that Alcala tried to keep hidden from authorities. The pictures, taken before 1979, show women, as well as girls and two boys.
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NEWS
By Britney Barnes | April 1, 2010
An Orange County Superior Court judge Tuesday sentenced to death a serial killer responsible for killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl and four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. Judge Francisco Briseno accepted a jury?s recommendation that Rodney James Alcala, 66, die for the 1979 murder and kidnapping of Robin Samsoe and the Los Angeles victims. Alcala was convicted in Santa Ana on Feb. 25 of five counts of murder. ?This serial killer is a monster who, for his own sexual gratification ... uses his victims and then ends their lives,?
NEWS
March 25, 2010
Regarding “Alcala sentenced to death,” March 11: Instead of execution by the state, the judge could just as well have sentenced Rodney James Alcala to play shortstop for the Angels or discover perpetual motion. Why go through the greatly added time and treasure to impose a penalty that we all know will never be paid? He’s already been on death row longer than any of his victims had a chance to live on this earth. Where’s the justice in this? Not all offenders pose a threat Regarding “Time to be more aware,” In the Pipeline, March 18: What a fascinating story!
NEWS
March 11, 2010
Authorities have released pictures taken by serial killer Rodney James Alcala in hopes of locating any other victims. Police are releasing more than 100 photographs of women and children Alcala photographed over the years found in his Seattle storage locker. Alcala, 66, was sentenced to death March 9 for the murder and kidnapping of 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl Robin Samsoe in 1979 and the murder of four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. He has been convicted and sentenced to death twice before for Robin’s death, but twice the convictions were overturned on appeal.
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By Britney Barnes | March 10, 2010
The audience applauded and one man yelled “yes!” as the serial killer responsible for the death of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl more than 30 years ago was sentenced to death Tuesday, witnesses said. Rodney James Alcala, 66, was given the death penalty for the murder and kidnapping of Robin Samsoe in 1979 and the murder of four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. Alcala was convicted of five counts of murder Feb. 25. “There are 36 people now that all agree that this man deserves to die,” said Robert Samsoe, the brother of victim Robin.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 9, 2010
The audience applauded and one man yelled “yes” as the serial killer responsible for the death of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl more than 30 years ago was sentenced to death around 4 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses said. Rodney James Alcala, 66, was given the death penalty for the murder and kidnapping of Robin Samsoe in 1979 and the murder of four Los Angeles women in the 1970s. Alcala was convicted of five counts of murder Feb. 25. “There are 36 people now that all agree that this man deserves to die,” said Robert Samsoe, the brother of victim Robin.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 3, 2010
More than 30 years after 12-year-old Robin Samsoe was murdered, former Huntington Beach Police Department Det. Steve Mack is still awaiting justice. Rodney James Alcala, 66, was found guilty of killing the Huntington Beach girl for the third time last week. He was also convicted of murdering four Los Angeles women. Alcala was twice sentenced to death, but the convictions were overturned on appeal. With the third conviction, the jury is left to decide whether Alcala will get the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | February 26, 2010
SANTA ANA — An Orange County jury on Thursday found Rodney James Alcala guilty of five counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and multiple special circumstances counts for torture, oral copulation and rape for the murder of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach resident in 1979 and four Los Angeles women in the late 1970s. It was Alcala’s third guilty conviction for killing Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. He has twice been convicted and sentenced to death , but the convictions were overturned on appeal.
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