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He was finally arrested for his crimes against Tali Shapiro when two of his campers recognized him on a wanted poster.In another stroke of luck for Alcala, Tali Shapiro and her family had relocated to Mexico and didn’t want Tali to testify.The Police Department reached out to the public in an effort to identify the subjects of the photographs, and to determine if they might be unconfirmed victims of Alcala’s murder spree.In September 2016, the state of Wyoming filed murder charges against Alcala based upon an identification made from one of these photos.Alcala went back to trial, charged not only with the murder of Samsoe, but the murders of Georgia Wixted in 1977, Jill Barcomb in 1977, Charlotte Lamb in 1978, and Jill Parenteau in 1979.Since then,he has also been convicted of two murders in New York — one committed while he was there with his probation officer’s permission.
The collection includes 120 portraits of unknown women and men taken by Alcala — only a fraction of the photographs the police discovered, as most were deemed too sexually explicit to release.
Crime profiler Pat Brown questioned the effect of Bradshaw’s rejection on Alcala: “One wonders what that did in his mind.
That is something he would not take too well.” After the disappearance of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in Huntington Beach, CA led to a search of Alcala’s apartment, police found receipts for Alcala’s storage locker in Seattle.
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.