"The defendant used a large rock to smash in the victim's face, causing blunt force trauma, and strangled her to death by tying her belt and pant leg around her neck.
He then left the victim's body in a mountainous area in the foothills near Hollywood." The body was discovered soon after, and biological evidence was collected, but DNA technology was not yet available to find her killer.
(CNN) -- Hoping to solve numerous cold cases, authorities on Thursday released more than a hundred photos of unidentified women and children found in a storage unit that belonged to a serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game." Investigators are trying to determine if some of the people in the pictures were victims of Rodney Alcala, 66, who was convicted in February of murdering a child and four women between November 1977 and June 1979.
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As he awaited a third trial, Alcala's DNA was linked to the murder scenes of Barcomb, Wixted and Lamb.
He was charged with the four Los Angeles murders, including Parenteau's.
The following month, Alcala raped, sodomized and murdered 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted, according to the district attorney.
"The defendant used the claw end of a hammer to beat the victim and smash in her head.
14-year-old Regina Kay Walters was one of the numerous women held in an 18-wheeler equipped with a torture chamber in the back.
The photo was taken in an abandoned Illinois barn, where Rhoades killed Walters after cutting off her hair and making her wear a black dress and heels.Alcala was convicted for Samsoe's murder in 1980 and sentenced to receive the death penalty, but the conviction was overturned by the California Supreme Court.A second trial in 1986 resulted in a death sentence, but it was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.Alcala's blood was collected from the scene after he cut himself crawling through a window.Based on a semi-rare blood match, Alcala was linked to the murder," the district attorney's Web site said.Though he was charged with killing Parenteau, the case was dismissed after his first conviction in the Samsoe case.