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Dating, Games & Dance of Death

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Revenge to Ridiculousness: Healing Through the Absurd

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Part 3:

Dating, Games & Dance of Death

In the third part of Revenge to Ridiculousness Nancy tells us about the circumstances leading up to and around the death of her best friend, Jill Parenteau, who was murdered by serial killer Rodney Alcala in 1979. Alcala already had a conviction history of brutal assault on a child, but due to lack of victim testimony had received an extremely light sentence. He spent the best part of the 1970’s leaving a trail of victims in multiple states.

Although Alcala was initially charged with Jill’s murder on the basis of circumstantial and blood-type evidence, the case was dismissed when he was charged with and later convicted for the more highly publicized murder of Robin Samsoe, a 12-year-old girl whom he murdered a few days after killing Jill.

Jill’s and several other victims’ murders were to remain unresolved for another three decades.