Rather, it's a way to determine the age of organic remains such as bone, teeth, and seeds by finding out how much carbon-14 is left in the remains. At the very least you'll find out what it's like to date a 9,000-year-old skeleton such as Kennewick Man's.There were already four bodies to his name when he popped up on national TV, smiling with perfect hair.Rodney Alcala, one of the most infamous serial killers in U. history, would eventually be arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.(He remains in prison in California.) While Alcala's body count is unknown, police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least dozens of women, with some counts running as high as 130 – and there are still over 100 photographs of unidentified women who may have been his victims.But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.He had somehow got on the popular game show The Dating Game despite a 1972 conviction for raping an eight-year-old girl.Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala's trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.But now donning a sharp, brown suit and butterfly collar, Alcala had other things on his mind: Winning the affection of bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw.
After host Jim Lange introduces "successful photographer" Alcala ("You might find him skydiving or motorcycling!"), Bradshaw asks him, "What's your best time?" "The best time is at night," he replies, smiling. [Morning and afternoon] are okay, but nighttime is when it really gets good."The convicted child rapist, then a typesetter at the Los Angeles Times, goes on to do a chilling impression of a "dirty old man." He also answers a question about what he would be called if he were a meal by stating, "I'm called ' The banana' and I look really good.Peel me." Bradshaw erupts into laughter as the crowd applauds.
Alcala won the game, hardly surprising given his unbridled outward charm.
Bradshaw recalled the experience in 2012, telling The Sunday Telegraph that she hoped the game show would lead her to true love. I didn't want to see him again."Thirty years after the show aired, Alcala's competitors both recalled the serial killer's odd demeanor.