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Alcala came across as charming and funny, resulting in “bachelorette” Cheryl Bradshaw choosing him as her date.
However, the date did not happen in the end, as Cheryl found Alcala too “creepy”.
The police arrived, barged into the apartment, and found Tali lying in a pool of blood, raped and beaten within an inch of her life.
An attempt had also been made to strangle her with a metal bar.
Before they knew it, he had grabbed his camera and was gone.Before she planned to head to the studio that day, she arranged to meet up with her best friend, Bridget, at the beach.On their arrival, a dark haired man with a camera approached them, asking to take pictures of them.On searching the apartment, police found it belonged to UCLA student Rodney Alcala. He took on a new identity as ‘John Berger’ and went to New York, where he enrolled in NYU Film School. While at NYU, he met Roman Polanski, who trained him in photography, a vital skill which Alcala would later use to lure and trap his victims.Also discovered in the apartment was photography equipment and many pictures of young girls. Alcala also got a job as a camp counsellor at an arts camp for girls in New Hampshire.