Yesterday the NYPD released over 200 photos of people, mostly women, in the 1970s. Some are beautiful and all are evocative, but that's to be expected from Roman Polanski-trained photographer Rodney Alcala. But Alcala is not just a photographer, he also has a genius-level IQ, was a 1978 contestant on The Dating Game, and is a convicted serial killer.
The photo subjects are not all, or even necessarily, victims, but police released the photos with the hope of cracking some cold cases. A nudge from the New York Daily News, which reported Tuesday that the police possessed the photos and demands from victims' relatives didn't hurt either. The cousin of a victim, Sheila Weller, who is writing a story about Alcala for Marie Claire, says the photos "should be in every newspaper, on TV, and on the Internet."
One woman saw her 19-year-old self in picture no. 169. She says she met Alcala on the Upper West Side in 1978, and he charmed her into a rooftop photo shoot.