That storage locker contained hundreds of photographs of young women and boys – and Samsoe’s earrings.
Alcala was soon arrested and sent back to California.
By this time, the family of the girl he’d beaten and raped had moved to Mexico, and they refused to let her testify at the trial.
The authorities could not convict Alcala of rape and attempted murder without her testimony, and they were forced to let him plead guilty to assault.
In 1977, Alcala got permission from his parole officer to visit relatives in New York City.
Shortly after arriving (coincidentally during the time that Son of Sam was active), he is believed to have killed Ellen Jane Hover, a 23-year-old socialite.
Alcala’s luck began to run out with the development of DNA technology.