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At least one estimate hypothesizes that he has killed as many as 130 people.
Alcala’s parents were Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez. A military psychiatrist diagnosed him as having antisocial personality disorder, and Alcala was given a medical discharge.
In 1971, he obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children using a slightly different alias, "John Burger".
a few months later, two children attending the arts camp noticed his photo on an FBI poster at the post office. By then, Tali Shapiro's parents had relocated their entire family to Mexico and refused to allow her to testify at Alcala's trial.
But unbeknown to her, the show's producers and the millions of viewers tuned in at home, the smiling photographer had already murdered two women and would go on to rape and mutilate four more and a 12-year-old girl.‘I want to thank the family and friends of the two victims for their eloquent statements,’ Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner told the courtroom, which was packed with friends and family of Crilley and Hover.‘This kind of case is the kind I've never experienced and hope to never again,’ Wittner said before turning away from her microphone and breaking into tears for a few seconds.
‘Sorry,’ the judge said as she gathered herself to continue.
They had released more than 100 photos, found in his storage locker, of young women and girls.'These cases were built one brick at a time, as each new lead brought us closer to where we are today,' District Attorney Cyrus R. said when Alcala was indicted, adding that he hoped the indictment 'brings a small measure of peace to the families and friends who have spent decades searching for answers, and justice.'Hover's disappearance and Crilley's death made headlines and spurred extensive searches in the early 1970s.
TWA offered a ,000 reward for information about Crilley's killing.
Alcala fled the state and rolled in the NYU film school under the alias of “John Berger.” In 1971, the FBI added Alcala to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.In a morbidly appropriate twist of fate, he studied film under Roman Polanski at NYU, where he discovered his passion for fashion photography.After film school, he moved on to New Hampshire and took the creepiest job imaginable for a man with his proclivities: girls’ camp counselor.Hover's relatives papered walls and kiosks with posters.A note in Hover's calendar for the day she vanished showed she planned to have lunch with a photographer she had recently met, according to the family's private detective and news reports at the time.