Former New Yorker Judy Cole believes she was the subject of one of the photos released by police that were taken by serial killer Rodney Alcala. Cole, who remembers meeting Alcala in 1978 when she was living in the city, says Alcala convinced her to pose on a rooftop when she was 19. "He was very charming. I should have known better," she told the Daily News. Another woman in California also claims she was a subject of one of the photos released by police Tuesday.
One woman, who was not in one of the photos, says she remembers Alcala from an encounter in the East Village. Just 13 at the time, Alice Feiring says Alcala persuaded her to go to his apartment in the neighborhood, then locked her inside. She managed to escape, telling WCBS, "I just thought he was a pervert." Alcala was a registered NYU student in the 70s, studying film under Roman Polanski and going by the name John Berger. He came to New York in between and after doing time in California for raping an 8-year-old in 1968 and providing marijuana to a minor in 1974.
By all accounts he had a genius-level IQ and, after being convicted of murdering a 12-year-old in California, wrote a book called You, The Jury, which claims his innocence. He got his nickname because of his appearance on the popular TV show, getting introduced as "a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the dark room at the age of 13, fully developed." As Bachelor #1, he at one point has to do his best impression of a "creepy old man" at the request of the drama teacher contestant. Later, he says were he a food, he would be a banana. He won the show. Check out the video below.