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In a morbidly appropriate twist of fate, he studied film under Roman Polanski at NYU, where he discovered his passion for fashion photography.After film school, he moved on to New Hampshire and took the creepiest job imaginable for a man with his proclivities: girls’ camp counselor.In addition to the seven murders for which he has been convicted, he is suspected of many more.He remains a “person of interest” in a number of murder cases in California and Washington.Even now, more than 35 years since he went to prison, Alcala’s reign of terror still casts a dark shadow: In 2010, the Huntington Beach Police Department released a series of photographs discovered among Alcala’s belongings in his Seattle storage locker.The collection includes 120 portraits of unknown women and men taken by Alcala — only a fraction of the photographs the police discovered, as most were deemed too sexually explicit to release.
As prosecutors prepared to retry the case a third time, they tested Alcala’s DNA against unsolved crimes and found four matches.
Within two months, another encounter with an underage girl sent him back to jail, where he served a two year stint before being released again.
Coincidentally, after he regained his freedom, police questioned him and ruled him out as another infamous serial killer, the Hillside Strangler.
Without her appearance, the police decided to assign him a watered-down charge of assault.
He served only 34 months of this sentence before being released, after he showed psychologists evidence of his rehabilitation.