Detectives circulated a sketch of the photographer, and Alcala's parole officer recognized him.
Alcala was arrested in late 1979 and held without bail.
a few months later, two children attending the arts camp noticed his photo on an FBI poster at the post office. By then, Shapiro's parents had relocated their entire family to Mexico and refused to allow her to testify at Alcala's trial.
Alcala was paroled after seventeen months, in 1974, under the "indeterminate sentencing" program popular at the time, which allowed parole boards to release offenders as soon as they demonstrated evidence of rehabilitation.
During his incarceration between the second and third trials, Alcala wrote and self-published a book, You, the Jury, in which he claimed innocence in the Samsoe case and suggested a different suspect.
Once again, he was paroled after serving two years of an "indeterminate sentence".Prosecutors said that Alcala "toyed" with his victims, strangling them until they lost consciousness, then waiting until they revived, sometimes repeating this process several times before finally killing them.Alcala compiled a collection of more than 1,000 photographs of women and teenage boys, many in sexually explicit poses.Alcala used his good looks and charm to approach women and used that to his advantage. In 1964, after what was described as a nervous breakdown — during which he went AWOL and hitchhiked from Fort Bragg to his mother's house — he was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder Other diagnoses later proposed by various psychiatric experts at his trials included narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and (from homicide expert Vernon J.In 1951, Alcala's father moved the family to Mexico, then abandoned them three years later. Geberth) malignant narcissistic personality disorder with psychopathy and sexual sadism comorbidities.
In 2016, he was charged with the 1977 murder of a woman identified in one of his photos.