Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala

SANTA ANA -- Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala has been sentenced to death for killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl and four Los Angeles County women in the 1970s.

Tuesday's sentencing marked the third time Rodney Alcala has been sent to death row for killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.

His two previous convictions for the killing were overturned on appeal.

Marianne Connelly, the mother of Robin Samsoe read this statement to the court before Alcala's sentence was announced:

"He is a cold blooded evil mass murdering monster that should have died years ago. Losing my precious Robin was the worst tragedy of my life and knowing the defendant tortured his victims makes it even harder to accept. I'm waiting for the day he dies. I only wish I could be the one to administer the (lethal) injection."

The death sentence was recommended by the Orange County jury that convicted Alcala.






Earlier this month, Alcala waived his rights to have a probation report prepared about him and to have a sentencing hearing within 20 days of his conviction.

Alcala, who represented himself during his murder trial, responded to a question about when the sentencing hearing would be held with, "It doesn't matter to me. Anything past 20 days is fine with me."

A probation report would have taken about six weeks to prepare.

Alcala was convicted Feb. 25 for the third time of killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in Huntington Beach on June 20, 1979.

He was twice before convicted of killing the girl, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.

Alcala was also convicted of killing four other women: Jill Barcomb, an 18-year-old runaway who was killed in the Hollywood Hills on Nov. 10, 1977; Georgia Wixted, a 27-year-old registered nurse killed on Dec. 16, 1978; Charlotte Lamb, 32, slain on June 24, 1978; and Jill Parenteau, 21, who was killed June 14, 1979.

The jury reached the guilty verdicts on its second full day of deliberations convicting Alcala of five counts of first-degree murder, along with a single count of kidnapping Samsoe.