Instead, he drove to his apartment on De Longpre Avenue, where he brutally raped and beat her with a steel bar.
A good Samaritan saw the abduction that took place in broad daylight and chose to follow the car and inform the police.
The Shapiro family was so terrified of what happened to their daughter that they moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The murder took place in 1968 and marked his first known crime.
Being a fresh graduate of UCLA’s School of Fine Arts, the sexual predator started the search for his first victim.
8-year-old Tali Shapiro was on her way to school when Alcala lured her into his car by promising to show her a cute picture.
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Using a new name John Berger, he enrolled in the New York University film school under the famous film director and producer Roman Polanski.
Her murder remained unsolved for the next 40 years, long after the span of killings ended.