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Rodney Alcala

1943 - 2021

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Rodney James Alcala (born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor; August 23, 1943 – July 24, 2021) was an American serial killer and sex offender who was sentenced to death in California for five murders committed between 1977 and 1979, receiving an additional sentence of 25 years to life after pleading guilty to two further homicides committed in New York State in 1971 and 1977. While he has been conclusively linked to eight murders, Alcala's true number of victims remains unknown and could be much higher – authorities believe the actual number is as high as 130.Alcala compiled a collection of more than 1,000 photographs of women, teenage girls and boys, many in sexually explicit poses. In 2016 he was charged with the 1977 murder of a woman identified in one of his photos. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rodney Alcala has received more than 8,354,913 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 18 in 2019). Rodney Alcala is the 117th most popular extremist (up from 152nd in 2019), the 2,555th most popular biography from United States (up from 4,151st in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Rodney Alcala ranks 117 out of 209Before him are Baby Face Nelson, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Cleveland Torso Murderer, Elisabeth Becker, Aldrich Ames, and Peter Sutcliffe. After him are Robert Hansen, Mary Ann Cotton, Joseph Bonanno, Dokka Umarov, Baruch Goldstein, and Belle Gunness.

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Among people born in 1943, Rodney Alcala ranks 167Before him are Bob Woodward, Roberto Boninsegna, Lin Shaye, J. T. Walsh, Dick Taylor, and Ramón Sampedro. After him are Edward Herrmann, Bill Duke, Barry Manilow, Ronnie Spector, Eduardo Mendoza Garriga, and Joanna Shimkus. Among people deceased in 2021, Rodney Alcala ranks 184Before him are Hank Aaron, Dani Karavan, Charles Konan Banny, Ronald Inglehart, Jaan Kaplinski, and Mario Camus. After him are Carlyle Glean, Marshall Sahlins, Paulias Matane, Alexander Gradsky, Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, and Jovan Divjak.

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Among people born in United States, Rodney Alcala ranks 2,555 out of 18,182Before him are Joe Dante (1946), Dee Dee Ramone (1951), Taylor Swift (1989), Chris Rock (1965), John Grinder (1940), and Don McLean (1945). After him are William Heard Kilpatrick (1871), Ed McBain (1926), Charlie Wilson (1933), Frank Marshall (1877), Rip Torn (1931), and Stephen Foster (1826).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Rodney Alcala ranks 38Before him are Whitey Bulger (1929), Charles Whitman (1941), Delphine LaLaurie (1787), Andrew Cunanan (1969), Baby Face Nelson (1908), and Aldrich Ames (1941). After him are Robert Hansen (1939), Baruch Goldstein (1956), Joseph Valachi (1904), Sam Giancana (1908), Leon Czolgosz (1873), and Jerry Brudos (1939).