A good samaritan happened to spot Alcala picking up the girl and called the police, which allowed them to get to her before Alcala could kill her.
This event is what opens ID’s movie about Alcala, but it is only the beginning: Alcala went on to become one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, with 130 murders linked back to him, made further infamous by the fact that he appeared on “The Dating Game” during the height of his crimes.
He had a very codependent, dysfunctional relationship with his mother, and it’s known he had a very dysfunctional relationship with his father, who abused him verbally and physically, so that kind of helped me get into his skin. He’s a monster, as well, but he is also a person that was hurt by someone else.
Women and children were drawn to him, and that’s how he lured people into his world and was able to do all of these horrific things.
The hardest scenes were with the young children, like the opening scene with the little girl.
You don’t really see much, but just having to shoot those scenes with this little girl and wondering what she really knows.
“To find out [“The Dating Game Killer”] was going to be ID’s first scripted movie, I felt really proud and wanted to do an extra good job in the role.
It was definitely a draw for me in choosing to do this movie,” Diaz says.