In 1978, Rodney Alcala appeared on The Dating Game — the popular game show in which three eligible bachelors vied for a date with a bachelorette.
The show was heavy on innuendo. The host introduced Alcala as a “successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.”
Throughout the show, Alcala enthusiastically responded to the bachelorette’s suggestive questions: likening himself to a banana, saying that nighttime is when he “really gets good” and acting out the part of a dirty old man.
He was charming enough that the woman, Cheryl Bradshaw, chose him for a date.
But what Bradshaw — and the viewing audience — didn’t know was that Alcala was a serial killer who was in the midst of a rampage. He had already murdered at least two women in Southern California. Previously, he had served 34 months in prison for the brutal
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When The Jinx aired on HBO, it brought renewed attention to the alleged crimes of real estate scion Robert Durst — especially because of the shocking ending where Durst appeared to incriminate himself in multiple murders. But while that docuseries focused on Durst’s life, a new Lifetime movie will instead delve into the disappearance of his first wife Kathie. What happened to Kathie Durst remains a mystery, but Lifetime’s The Lost Wife of Robert Durst seems like it might attempt to find an answer, even if it is just a fictional take on the story at the end of the day.
The trailer indicated that the movie will explore how Kathie’s marriage to Robert became increasingly abusive over the years until she went missing in 1982. Some of that story was told in The Jinx through interviews with Durst. He claimed that the last time he saw
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Jennifer Wilbanks, who became known as the ‘Runaway Bride’ after fleeing to avoid getting married
Jennifer Wilbanks was so desperate to avoid getting married to her soon-to-be-husband that she fled more than 1,400 miles then pretended she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
Wilbanks was due to marry John Mason in April 2005 in a lavish wedding with 600 guests.
But to avoid it she left Duluth, Georgia, and fled to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Her sudden disappearance sparked a manhunt across the US with some speculating whether Mason had killed her.
Three days later — after a $100,000 reward was put up by relatives in a bid to find her — she finally rang Mason, as well as 911, and lied that she had been taken hostage by a Hispanic man and a Caucasian woman while out for a run.
Get the lowdown
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Girl in the Box 8 p.m., Lifetime
This movie is based on the true story of Colleen Stan, who was abducted at 22 by a young couple and held captive for seven years. During that period, she was tortured, forced to live as a slave, and kept in a box for 23 hours a day. Zane Holtz, Addison Timlin, and Zelda Williams star.
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 10 p.m., OWN
The show files updates on Boyz II Men, Marla Gibbs of “The Jeffersons,” and Larry Thomas, who played the Soup Nazi on “Seinfeld.”
A Star Is Born 8 p.m., TCM
The 1937 version, with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.
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Cousins Kenneth Bianchi, left, and Angelo Buono, who were behind the Hillside Strangler killings
The chilling story behind Los Angeles’ “Hillside Strangler” killings is told tonight on REELZChannel’s Murder Made Me Famous.
The Hillside Strangler later became known as the Hillside Stranglers after it emerged TWO cousins were behind the murder of ten women during the winter of 1977-1978.
Many of the women’s bodies were found dumped on the Hollywood Hills, hence the name given to the case.
The killers emerged as Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who worked together kidnapping then raping, torturing and murdering the women.
Los Angeles was gripped with fear while the Hillside Strangler was on the loose. Get the whole story on Murder Made Me Famous Saturday at 8ET/PT.
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REELZ today announced the one hour original documentary special El Chapo Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle will premiere Thursday, March 10 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. It’s a story Hollywood drools over: a ruthless real-world villain seeks the help of an Oscar winning actor and a glamorous actress to immortalize him on the big screen. For actor Sean Penn, Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo” (the shorty), was to be his Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The most wanted, most dangerous and richest drug lord in the world agreed to meet Penn in the remote mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico to grant the first and only interview since he escaped from Mexico’s top security prison.
El Chapo Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle is a behind-the-scenes look inside that ill-fated rendezvous among Penn, El Chapo and actress Kate Del Castillo and will reveal who orchestrated the meeting
Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/REELZ-Special-to-Showcase-Real-Story-Behind-El-Chapo-Sean-Penns-Meeting-20160224