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Man representing self plays 'Dating Game' clip in his defense

A man on trial in California for the murder of four women and a 12-year-old girl in the late 1970s played a 1978 clip from "The Dating Game" as evidence in his defense on Tuesday, according to this report:

The 20-second video clip shown to an Orange County jury Tuesday was a brief moment out of time.
In it, serial murder suspect Rodney James Alcala, bachelor No. 1 in a 1978 episode of "The Dating Game," and the young woman who chose him blow kisses to the audience and dance in place. His hair is shoulder-length, straightened and feathered. His brown suit has wide lapels and his white shirt has the top buttons undone.
"You have to watch really closely when it plays because it's just a flash," Alcala told the jury just before the video was projected on a large screen.

Read the full story on the Los Angeles Times web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , From the Courthouse , Homicide  
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