Rodney Alcala: The true story of a dating game serial killer
Unable to playback video Serial killer Rodney James Alcala on the TV show The Dating Game in , Alcala turned on the TV charm. Chuck Woolery Himself - Host 2 episodes, Dylan Riggs Himself 2 episodes, Connections. Spoofed in The Dating Game () See more» . Ruby chimes in: “We just started listing things. It would have to have cats in it, and our favourite TV show is Lost so we could set it on an island.
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The comparative lack of circulating game show episodes may also be due to the format's perceived inherent lack of rerun potential, due to the genre not really being episodic or having any plot to speak of.
On the other hand, more so than any other genre, collectors and traders of these taped shows proliferated early in the internet's lifespan, meaning that now when there's a search, there's a lot of searching.
Nearly all of the first ten years of the original daytime NBC Wheel of Fortune is erased, with a King World representative confirming in August that Merv Griffin Productions had a policy in place that called for tape reuse until and that the archives for the daytime series begin at that point a somewhat more concise, although likely incomplete, list is here: All three pilots exist: The first seven yearsalso hosted by Woolery, were largely wiped.
Only a handful of episodes exist, mostly fromas do some bits and pieces of others. About the second half of Pat Sajak's run on daytime mid is intact, as are those of his daytime successors: The Sajak-hosted nighttime version present is intact, but certain years are quite hard to find - most notably the, and seasons, though episodes don't seem to be easy to find either.
In a lesser example, three episodes had entire puzzles edited out for reasons other than technical errors: Two New Orleans episodes aired in November right after Hurricane Katrina each had one puzzle removed before airing because it was believed the answers would be insensitive to victims; instead, they showed clips of Pat and Vanna asking viewers to donate to relief funds. Also, because of Katrina-induced evacuations, a Family Week that was supposed to air in November never even got taped.
However, the families that were supposed to appear on it did get to play later in the season. Yet other episodes, including the premiere, had entire rounds edited out due to a blooper of some kind, usually a wrong letter being revealed.
The week of February 6, was originally going to have a theme of Wheel Goes Country. For some reason, an already-taped military week was moved up from March to that week, and the "Goes Country" theme just disappeared without a trace.
As the week of Marchwas rerunning, controversy erupted over an image displayed on the set throughout the week. Since the week was already underway when this controversy began, Wheel only had time to pull the week's final episode, which was replaced with a duplicate airing of the next day's rerun. GSN's rotation of Wheel reruns since constantly skips over six episodes - the November 4, episode and the entire week of March- for unknown reasons.
To make up for this, the rotation includes the six episodes from June, which are from the season prior to every other episode that they air. Wheel's sister show Jeopardy!
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Subsequent eras are also intact, including both Trebek pilots. On the current Trebek version presentthe five-episode run where Barbara Lowe retired undefeated was supposedly taken out of rotation due to Lowe having lied about her prior game show commitments there are limits as to how many game shows a contestant can be on, and she exceeded said limitsnot to mention being a total Jerkass on air.
Once the powers that be found out, she was barred from the Tournament of Champions, and her winnings were withheld until she threatened with a lawsuit. Much later, a contestant named Jeff Kirby finished in third place inand somehow snuck back on the show a decade later Since you can't compete on the show twice barring tournaments, or contestants who are invited back by the producers due to some event that significantly affected the outcomehe had his winnings withheld, and his episode was taken out of the rerun rotation.
The fur ban also seems to spread to the first five seasons of the nighttime show, originally hosted by Dennis James. What's odd about this is that Bob wasn't involved with that version until James' contract expired inand certainly doesn't explain why GSN avoided the admittedly very, very few non-fur episodes as well.
Four episodes were just plain never aired: All but the episode were replaced with newly-shot episodes. Also going unaired was one from James' nighttime show, N.
While the original episode was taped on August 28,the replacement show wasn't taped until after N the season finale on May 4, For the original Bill Cullen era, many early daytime episodes were erased while the nighttime shows that survive are presented as black-and-white kinescopes; the NBC nighttime run and later NBC daytime episodes aired in color, but no full shows are known to exist in that form today.
The Kennedy and Davidson syndicated editions are presumed intact, but neither has seen the light of day since at least the '90s - the former due to GSN's Price contract expiring seemingly for good inand the latter due to rights issues. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The episode was scheduled to air on February 19, but was replaced with a rerun of that season's premiere. The episode finally aired for the first time on March 2, after GSN acquired this season. Mark Goodson -Bill Todman Productions usually managed to preserve at least one episode from most of their shows, but even with them there's a couple of exceptions. The Better Sex The Match Game is almost completely lost minus episodes. Virtually all of these episodes are black-and-white kinescopes.
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Some episodes of the far more familiar era are absent from the GSN rota due to racial slurs or homophobic slurs that are now seen as unacceptable, although one supposedly has a malfunctioning tape. On the other hand, a string of CBS episodes that never aired in including the final two weeks eventually were aired by GSN in Almost all of Mindreaders is MIA; no one seems to know if it was wiped or not.
The premiere August 13 exists as audio only. The pilot taped August 3two episodes August 15 and December 13and the opening of a third December 31 exist on video. Number Please has only one episode existing, although said episode has been seen on GSN. Most of the original daytime run of Password was wiped, although most nighttime episodes remain. Some daytime shows only survive in their Edited for Syndication forms, including the Grand Finale.
Almost the entire run of the ABC Password was later taped over reportedly with Family Feudand less than 20 episodes of 1, are known to survive. Password Plus was hit with this in two unusual ways: One episode went unaired during the show's original run because one of the week's guests, George Peppard, started a rant about NBC 's standards and practices. It has since aired on GSN.
A round with Wink Martindale and Gene Rayburn was erased after recording but before airing due to a technician's error. Some time later, once the error was realized, the duo and host Tom Kennedy recorded a new segment to verbally describe the round; luckily, the puzzle card was still available to help fill in the gap. Similar to the '81 Password Plus example, one episode of the syndicated To Tell the Truth had a round lost forever when it was discovered that the tape had malfunctioned.
Host Garry Moore introduced the subject as normal before explaining the situation to the home audience, saying that while it was briefly considered to have the panel try to recreate their questions it was ultimately decided to just apologize and have an extended interview with the contestant.
Coincidentally, Gene Rayburn was on the panel for this lost round as well. Snap Judgment is a rare example from Goodson-Todman, because no video footage is known to exist. The only footage we can provide is a low-quality mic-to-TV audio recording of a intro with Phyllis Newman and Paul Anka and this audio recording of a partial Big 5 round from ' On the other hand, By Popular Demand, a short-lived Summer replacement show fromappears to be completely gone.
Concentration is quite MIA, too. So private tape collections to the rescue, right? Here's what's known to exist and circulate: About a dozen or so episodes are in private collections individuals and media collections such as the Paley Centeralmost all from the s. A Barry episode from the brief nighttime run exists, while none of the McMahon-hosted shows have so much as an audio clip. Although believed to be intact, only one complete episode taped circulates among traders, with said episode posted on YouTube; the last few minutes of a episode and the closing segment of two '76 shows are also known to be around, and Wink Martindale's team brought out five complete episodes on their channel two from '74, three from '77 as rewards for subscriber milestones.
Dozens of episodes circulate among collectors many from and posted on YouTube. Two of the ten pilots shot inwith Orson Bean as host and a strange "match related words instead of prizes" front game format, are also around.
Many of the game shows that aired alongside Concentration and Jeopardy! Convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala right. This otherwise chirpy description of Alcala takes on darker implications when considering that at the time of his murder arrest, just a year after his TV appearance, detectives uncovered just over a thousand photographs Alcala had taken of various men, women and children. The subjects were always naked; the majority of the photos were sexually explicit.
Inboth the New York and Huntington Beach police departments released a cache of of these photos to the public, in the hopes of identifying any of the people featured. Around of the pictures were not made public as they were either too explicit or involved child pornography. Rodney Alcala talks with his investigator, Alfredo Rasch. AP Within weeks, 21 women came forward as the subject of photographs; more tragically, six missing persons were also identified during this early stage.
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Despite this, none of the photographs were definitively linked to any murders untilwhen the family of Christine Thornton — whose body was found in — recognised her photo among the chilling collection. Watch the footage of Ms Bradshaw. It takes on a B grade movie quality when armed with the knowledge that Alcala was in the middle of a killing spree. Alcala was sentenced to death in for five murders.
Since then he has been charged with two further murders, and implicated in two others. His actual victim count is presumed to be a lot higher.