3.9.2010 By Chase Hunter
The subject of serial killers is one that I hate to admit that I know quite a bit about. I cannot tell the reading public why. [Relax, I am not a serial killer.] For undisclosed reasons I began to feel that I needed to learn everything there is to know about serial killers back in 1991.
I started digging in libraries for records on very old cases, and since this was before the advent of the oh so magical internet, finding what I was looking for for often difficult.
I learned about John Gacy, one of the more notorious American cases from the 1970s, by locating an old Newsweek article which detailed how he loved to dress as a circus clown and entertain the neighborhood children, going so far as to appear on the kid’s ward of the local hospital with balloons and gifts for the sick kids on the ward.
After I saw that photo, I have had a somewhat reoccuring and disturbed “fear of clowns and clown images” ever since. It’s the mixing of the monstrous with the comedic that sickens the soul of true goodness. I see too much of that kind of imagery in our culture: the “insane clown posse” mentality, rejoicing in derangment, advocating it, advertising it.
After you spend a bit of time studying the life histories and personal psychology of serial killers, you learn that many of them have employed similar ruses to “fool the community” into believing that they are the most scrubbed and upstanding of stalwart citizens. In the marketing trade we call that “public relations.”
In politics they just refer to it as “spin.”
So the serial killer who needs to cover his tracks, must continually “spin the proper public perception of himself” with various actions, activities and appearances. These are well crafted “personal public relations campaigns” performed by the serial killer with an almost religious sense of duty and false piety, in order to meticulously cover up his “other” activities in private. One can clearly see from the story re-post below how this man, Rodney Alcala, was doing the very thing.
The “serial killers” subject has been a topic that I really have not wanted to tackle, as there is considerable history here for me. It’s not my history, it’s someone else’s – but it affected my life profoundly for more than 20 years, and I am disinclined to stir up what’s on bottom of the psychic lake bed again. So I appraoch the subject with care and kid gloves, touch it once or twice then leave it. I will probably leave it again for another twenty years after this post is published.
What has fascinated me through the years is why no one ever writes too much about the unsuspecting blood relations of persons who are discovered to be serial killers, the innocent family members related to the killer, whose suffering is almost beyond the ability of the average journalist to fathom, much less to accurately record.
That’s where my interest as a writer always lay. One day I’ll muster the courage to tackle the subject, but for now, let’s just say that I am really glad and happy that Bachelor #1 is soon going to prison. We’ll see what the outcome turns out to be in regard to begging for his life.
The Pause to ponder the mockery of any criminal justice system that allows legal justice system is patheticlly lenient and inept, in my opinion.literal murderous monsters, pedophiles, child killers like Rodney Alcala to put on a suit and tie and advocate for their own defense, ask for their life to be spared, frothing, appalling everyone, pleading with a disgusted jury before an astonished court audience.
It all begs the question: Has American society lost all concepts of the difference between good, evil, sin and the deepest madness and absolute and utter iniquity? Can American society actually discern these differences any longer?
Once OJ walked away, I pretty much turned my back on having any faith in justice coming out of California’s criminal justice system. I hope they do the right thing this time. I am very sure that Alcala’s victims also begged for their lives too, right up to the last seconds, and they were not spared.
Why should justice and the California courts even consider sparing his life?
Chase Kyla Hunter
Re-post courtesy of New York Daily Times
By Tracy Miller
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, March 9th 2010, 10:46 AM
A convicted serial killer now awaiting sentencing once did time as Bachelor No. 1 on “The Dating Game,” reports revealed.
Rodney Alcala, 66, who in February was found guilty of the murders of four women and a child in the late 1970s, appeared on the lighthearted game show in 1978 — and won.
“He was creepy. Definitely creepy,” fellow contestant Jed Mills, who sat next to Alcala on the show, told CNN.
“We’re going to have a great time together, Cheryl,” he says with a grin.
Host Jim Lange introduces Alcala as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed. Between takes,you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling.”
There was something immediately off-putting about Alcala, Mills told CNN. While he was all charm and smiles on stage, he showed a more sinister side while in the green room with the other male contestants.
“He was quiet, but at the same time he would interrupt and impose when he felt like it,” Mills said. “And he was very obnoxious and creepy — he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate.
“I wound up not only not liking this guy … not wanting to be near him … he got creepier and more negative. He was a standout creepy guy in my life.”
Though Alcala won the date with Bradshaw, she ultimately refused to go out with him, according to reports.
“One wonders what that did in his mind,” crime profiler Pat Brown said in an interview with CNN. “That is something he would not take too well. They don’t understand the rejection. They think that something is wrong with that girl: ‘She played me. She played hard to get.’ ”
Alcala became a killer just months after his appearance on the show, prosecutors said.
With News Wire Services
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