Haunting Images Discovered in Serial Killer’s Locker

On July 26, 1979, homicide detectives from Huntington Beach, California, discovered hundreds of photographs of women and children in a Seattle storage locker. The locker belonged to Rodney Alcala, one of the most brutal serial killers to ever walk this Earth.

It was the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe that led detectives to the locker. She was biking to ballet class in 1979 when Alcala abducted and killed her. During a search of his house, they found a receipt for the rental, and ended up finding her earrings inside, along with the images.

The photos were released by the Huntington Beach Police Department during the end of his last trial, hoping that some of the women could be identified. It’s likely that many of the women in the photos were murdered by Alcala.

Driven by sexual deviancy and sadism, the UCLA fine-arts grad and amateur photographer, viciously beat and raped his victims.

He was sentenced to death in 2010 for five murders, though detectives allege that the number of his victims could actually be in the double digits.

If you recognize any of the women in these photos, contact detective Patrick Ellis: pellis@hbpd.org.

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