Psychopath on tape — Rodney Alcala

Taped in 1978 for The Dating Game:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpy5AZsEnLg

Timeline:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/rodney-alcala-guilty-in-slayings-of-girl-and-4-women.html

http://www.laweekly.com/2010-01-21/news/rodney-alcala-the-fine-art-of-killing/

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/alcala-235638-murphy-samsoe.html?pic=1

This post has received quite a number of visits.  Originally I had no text, only these photos.  Among what I look for are:

  • the proverbial sociopathic hollow eyes described by Cleckley (his book Mask of Sanity is linked to on the right) and Hare (as I recall) — negative in this case
  • adult inappropriate mannerisms and small behaviors that seem to indicate a child in an adult’s body — negative (still images are not optimal for this of course, this is further complicated by us all still containing our child selves)
  • sociopathic level of arrogance and contempt — positive
  • reptilian coldness — positive.

None of these are definitive, but here we have Alcala’s behavior which is absolutely sociopathic.

Additional Alcala post added later:  Rodney Alcala’s Killing Game

5 thoughts on “Psychopath on tape — Rodney Alcala

  1. I’m trying to help a friend who has to face a sociopath in court custody battle. I’m going to stand next to her in court.

  2. Great site, thank you. The Psychopath will back him/herself against whatever you have. So you need plenty – the entire life dossier if at all possible and be prepared to use it – bringing up the undiscussibles if necessary. The psychopath will believe that they are superior and so mocking of an area in which they feel superior can get them to flip publicly. My experience in a forum with a psychopath was to challenge the psychopath head on, on a functional area in which he believed he was superior in all respects not only to me but to the world at large. When I demonstrated that not only was I prepared to attack, but had the ammunition to keep going, he lost it, and I won!

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