He was sentenced for the murders of Cornelia Crilley in 1971 and Ellen Hover in 1976.
In December, Alcala was taken from California's death row and flown to New York to face additional murder charges: the death of Crilley, a Trans World Airlines flight attendant, and Hover, an orchestra conductor. Both were 23 when they died.
The Dating Game Killer
"This kind of case, I have never experienced, and I hope to never again," Judge Wittner said.
The 69-year-old Alcala has been called "The Dating Game Killer," because he appeared on the television show in 1978 after being convicted and served time for the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl.
Alcala, who has been behind bars in California for more than 30 years, was linked to the New York murders after investigators discovered that he used the alias "John Berger" when he lived there in the 1970s.
There may be yet more victims. After his arrest in 1979, investigators found hundreds of photos of women in Alcala's storage shed. They have released 120 of those photos in hopes of possibly identifying more victims.
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