But you know full well no-one's going to get it completely right. This had never happened in the 38 years the show had been on air.
And you can tell that host Drew Carey thought: "Nah, no chance you just happened to know that, son," and conspiracy theories arose. It turns out that Kniess loved patterns almost as much as Michael Larson.
Thinks it's suspicious, follows him, and puts a call into LAPD. I need to talk to you." This male appeared at the door. We could see in the kitchen that there was a body on the floor, lot of blood. A.: They say a picture says a thousand words and that image of those little white Mary Janes on that floor with that metal bar that he used to strangle her with, and that puddle of blood, it just looks like too much blood to come out of a-- a tiny little 8-year-old like that. Moments later, he walked back into the kitchen and witnessed a miracle. Matt Murphy: Had it not been for that police officer, Tali Shapiro would have died on Rodney Alcala's kitchen floor. There was a lot of photograph equipment and all of us were amazed at the amount of photographs that he had there of young girls, very young girls. With Alcala in the wind, former Detective Steve Hodel was grasping at thin air. Back then, you know, we didn't have a lot of the forensics you have today. Chris Camacho: I was flabbergasted to say the least. And Alcala had no trouble charming his way back into the swing of things. And he was a registered sex offender during all of that, and nobody ever checked.
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Chris Camacho reached the location and knocked on the door. I will always remember that face at that door, very evil face. I got to get dressed." And I told him, "OK, you got 10 seconds." … Chris Camacho: She was gagging and trying to breathe, and I thought one for the good guys. We found a lot of ID, picture ID of a Rodney Alcala. The suspect, 25-year-old Rodney Alcala, had slipped through the officers' fingers. Matt Murphy: He was hired by the Los Angeles Times to work … Even worse, he was chosen to be a contestant on "The Dating Game" TV show -"The Bachelor" of its day.
He and his wife Linda studied the show for four months, and they realised that nearly every prize on the show had been repeated over and over. Not only was Kniess lucky enough to make it onto the final round in the first place, but he used his studies to predict that the retail price of his showcase would be around ,000.
Chris Camacho | Former detective, LAPD: I was out doing my patrols. Steve Hodel | Former detective, LAPD: A Good Samaritan, a witness, sees the little girl, the little 8-year-old Tali get in the car. Camacho began frantically searching the house for her attacker. So less than three years later, Rodney Alcala was a free man again.Second row: Jesse Lewis, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Charlotte Bacon, Chase Kowalski.Third row: Daniel Barden, Jack Pinto, Catherine Hubbard, Dylan Hockley, Benjamin Wheeler.In 1977, Rodney Alcala was out of prison and living in New York.It was bad news for the New York cops who already had their hands full. I didn't think anything of it until a couple weeks -- until it hit the newspapers.