The Dating Game Killer

By Wondery

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Mrs. C
 Apr 2, 2020
An accurate and detailed telling of an awful person. I loved the narrator.


 Mar 30, 2020
Interesting story I'd never heard of. It is unfortunate how many serial killers seemed to have crop up in the 60s/70s. This guy was sadly one of many.

Robert Clark great murder podcast I am 11
 Mar 9, 2020

Description

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.


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Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga
00:06:10

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

Listen to Podcast: wondery.fm/DGK_BB

Sep 08, 2020
Wondery Presents: Billionaire Boys Club
00:05:37

In 1980s Los Angeles, a group of prep school boys got together to make investments together, get rich quick, and live large. But headed by a handsome and charismatic leader named Joe Hunt, the members of the self-proclaimed “Billionaire Boys Club” get sucked deeper into twisted schemes of kidnapping, torture, and revenge. The boys must stick together, or risk prison - or worse. From the makers of The Wonderland Murders, Young Charlie, and The Dating Game Killer, this six-part series is co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Emmy-nominated actor Timothy Olyphant.

Link to Podcast: wondery.fm/DGK_BBC

Aug 18, 2020
Introducing The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek
00:05:34

The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek follows a world champion surfer as he pulls off the biggest jewel heist in American history. Things turn deadly as he is implicated in two murders afterwards. Interviews with him and his accomplices expose even more murders, and an even darker story.

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Jul 29, 2020
Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2
00:12:04

Blood Ties Season 2 is out now!

Blood Ties is a scripted audio drama starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, Dominic Monaghan, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight.  

After the sudden death of Michael and Eleonore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it. 

Listen today at wondery.fm/bloodties_dgk.

Jul 15, 2020
Introducing Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment
00:06:04

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.

Listen today at http://wondery.fm/DGK_guru

Jun 29, 2020
Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland
00:04:53

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar

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Jun 17, 2020
Introducing: Someone Knows Something
00:07:58

Host David Ridgen joins victims' family members as they investigate cold cases, tracking down leads, speaking to suspects and searching for answers. hyperurl.co/skscbc

Jun 03, 2020
Introducing The Daily Smile
00:04:16

Everyone needs a reminder about just how good people can be. On Wondery’s new series The Daily Smile, host Nikki Boyer brings you stories that will make you feel good each weekday morning. With interviews, inspiring clips, and chats with special guests and passionate friends, The Daily Smile takes you on a journey into goodness, gives you all the feels, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Listen to the full episode: wondery.fm/dailysmileDGK

May 18, 2020
Wondery Presents: American Scandal
00:05:39

Join Lindsay Graham, the host of Wondery’s show American Scandal as he dives deep into the heart of the most shocking moments of fraud and deception in American history. In this six-part series “The Hare Krishna Murders” he explores an eastern religion with pure intentions that, in the hands of its western followers, became a criminal enterprise of drug running, molestation and murder. Listen to the full episode: wondery.fm/datinggamekillerAS.

Apr 22, 2020
LA Serial Killers: A Conversation | 7
00:49:04

Host Tracy Pattin talks with retired LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Bob Souza and true crime social historian Joan Renner about Rodney Alcala and other serial killers who operated in and around Los Angeles from the 1970s to the 1990s.


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Apr 08, 2020
What to Listen To Next | Joe Exotic: Tiger King & Even The Rich
00:08:08

Now that you've listened to The Dating Game Killer, we want to introduce you to a couple of other great Wondery podcasts.

Joe Exotic: Tiger King - Hear the unbelievable true story of Joe Exotic. Come find out about his animals, about how he earned his nickname, and all about his outrageous, no holds barred feud with Carole Baskin.

Subscribe to Joe Exotic: Tiger King - http://wondery.fm/JoeExoticDGK

Even the Rich - From the Royals to the Kardashians, and the Murdochs to the Kennedys, every family has their secrets.  This show is part history, part comedy, part gossip, and all fascinating.

Subscribe to Even the Rich - http://wondery.fm/ETRDGK

Apr 02, 2020
The Alice’s Restaurant Defense | 6
00:58:46

Rodney Alcala’s initial conviction and sentence are only the beginning of his time in court. What follows is a 30-year odyssey through the American judicial system. Will the families and friends of his victims ever receive justice?


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Apr 01, 2020
The Witness | 5
00:53:39

Hoping for a not guilty decision, Rodney Alcala’s defense attorney plans to discredit the state’s main witness and keep Alcala’s prior criminal record out of court. But the mother of one of his victims has a plan of her own.


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Mar 25, 2020
Mile Marker 11 | 4
00:41:07

Another body is found, and one of the detectives on the case recognizes Rodney Alcala on a rerun episode of The Dating Game. As police close in, they begin to suspect they have a serial killer on their hands.

Mar 18, 2020
Bachelor Number One | 3
00:36:49

Rodney Alcala appears as a hopeful contestant on the popular TV show The Dating Game, attempting to win the heart of an eligible bachelorette. Soon after, he kills again, with disastrous consequences.

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Mar 11, 2020
Rehabilitated | 2
00:36:55

After being convicted of child molestation, Rodney Alcala becomes a model prisoner and works hard to convince the parole board he is no longer a threat. But when he is released less than two months later, he strikes again.


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Mar 05, 2020
Tali | 1
00:50:51

Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds her attacker’s student ID. His name: Rodney Alcala.


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Mar 05, 2020
Introducing The Dating Game Killer
00:02:12

The Dating Game Killer premieres March 5th.

Hollywood & Crime’s new six-part series The Dating Game Killer uncovers the twisted secret life of one of America’s most prolific serial killers. When Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant on the popular TV show, The Dating Game, he was a diagnosed sociopath and convicted child molester. He held jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a counselor at an idyllic summer camp. How did this predatory monster fool producers, employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards alike — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did Alcala’s appearance on The Dating Game ultimately lead to his downfall?

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Feb 22, 2020