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He received indeterminate sentencing, which meant he would be released from incarceration when he proved himself rehabilitated (the system was popular in the 1970s when sex offenders were convicted).
After 34 months, in 1974, he was released and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl named as "Julie J." in court records, forced her to smoke marijuana and kissed her.
He is also believed by investigators to be responsible for the 1977 murder of 19-year-old Pamela Jean Lambson in San Francisco, but isn't charged with it since there are no fingerprints or DNA evidence that implicates him.
120 of the photos found in Alcala's locker have been publicly released with the hopes that the subjects will come forward and identify themselves.
Criminal profiler Pat Brown later suggested that this rejection angered Alcala further since he afterwards killed at least three more women within two years.
His last known victim was 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, who was abducted on her way to ballet class in 1979 in Huntington Beach and her decomposing body found in the Sierra Madres twelve days later.
In spite of what he had done, he was only found guilty of giving marijuana to a minor and violating his parole and was released after two more years of indeterminate sentencing.
Her datebook showed that she had a meeting with one "John Berger", Alcala's alias, on the date of her disappearance. A., Alcala got a job as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times.
In 2003, while a third trial of Alcala was being planned, his DNA, which had been sampled during his time in prison, connected him to two other victims.
In 2010, Alcala was tried for a total of five murders: Samsoe, Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb, and Jill Parenteau.
Alcala went on trial for Samsoe's murder and was found guilty and sentenced to death in 1980.
The sentence was overturned twice, first in 1984 because the jury was told about his previous convictions before the trial and then again in 1986 on the grounds that a witness had been hypnotized.