It’s not just the stilted dialogue and cringe-worthy innuendoes that make this Dating Game clip from 1978 seem off somehow. Bachelor number one is Rodney Alcala, who would be sentenced to death for the murder of at least 50 people just two years from this airing, but his true victim count could be as high as 130. When he appeared as a contestant on the show, he was a convicted rapist in the middle of his killing spree.
The Bachelorette, Cheryl, doesn’t pick up on any of this. In fact, she ends up choosing Alcala over the other two contestants despite his lackluster answers like, “Nighttime is the best time,” and “I’m a banana… peel me.” However, she cut things off immediately after their one date, claiming that she found him “creepy.” How right she was.
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