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The Dating Game Killer

The True Story of a TV Dating Show, a Violent Sociopath, and a Series of Brutal Murders
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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In 1978, Rodney Alcala was a contestant on the The Dating Game, one of America's most popular television shows at the time. Handsome, successful, and romantic, he was embraced by the audience - and chosen as the winner by the beautiful bachelorette. To viewers across the country, Rodney seemed like the answer to every woman's dreams. Until they learned the truth about his once and future crimes....

Ten years before his TV appearance, Rodney was charged with the sexual assault and attempted murder of an eight-year-old girl. In the decades that followed, he would be accused of seven murders - and, as new DNA evidence continues to be uncovered, the list may grow. The case is so disturbing that it's been documented in several news outlets, from People magazine and USA Today to 48 Hours Mystery, and Dr. Phil.

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well-written, with some hard to stomach details

enjoyed this book, but had to take a break from it periodically to make it through. I. an avid true-crime reader and have been all of my life, but what this man did (as described in the coroner's reports, among other things) was very hard even for me to listen to. Appalling how many times this man slipped through the fingers of law enforcement; he should never have been set free after his first offense, and yet for some reason he was allowed to continue unimpeded for years. I enjoyed the narration also. not sure if it is my device, but even at a high volume it was difficult to hear in the car (where I listen to most of my audio books).

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Excellent!

I listen to/read a lot of true crime. This book is definitely one of the best. It is well-researched, engaging, well-narrated, and one you don't want to put down. I highly recommend it!

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Like listening to a news report

Tedious. Just a news account. Not told as a story. Informative but tedious. True account

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