A good samaritan happened to spot Alcala picking up the girl and called the police, which allowed them to get to her before Alcala could kill her.
This event is what opens ID’s movie about Alcala, but it is only the beginning: Alcala went on to become one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, with 130 murders linked back to him, made further infamous by the fact that he appeared on “The Dating Game” during the height of his crimes.
“To find out [“The Dating Game Killer”] was going to be ID’s first scripted movie, I felt really proud and wanted to do an extra good job in the role.
It was definitely a draw for me in choosing to do this movie,” Diaz says.
Do you think the audience will walk away from the movie feeling like justice was served?
He’s still alive, on Death Row, and I thought about meeting him, but they advised me against it, and then I agreed with them.I kind of pictured him as a pied piper: people wanted to be around him and follow him.I find him very different from Huck, and I approached them in different ways.” Alcala’s first known crime took place in the late 1960s, when he lured a child into his apartment, raped and beat her.How daunting is that when you’re trying to find your own version of the character? After I found out I got the role, I Googled him and read up on him all night, and it became absolutely daunting, and I started to feel physically ill.I found myself saying, “OK I have to stop now.” I read enough information about him and saw his mannerisms — how he moved — and I saw pictures of his victims, and it just became overwhelming.