At the age of 17, Alcala joined the Army and remained there until 1964 when he received a medical discharge after being diagnosed with a severe anti-social personality.
Alcala, now out of the Army, enrolled in UCLA School of Fine Arts where is earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1968.
However, the date never happened because the woman found him to be too creepy.
Rodney Alcala was born on August 23, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas to Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez.
His father left, leaving Anna Maria to raise Alcala and his sisters alone.
At around the age of 12, Anna Maria moved the family to Los Angeles.
"People are saying that they recognize someone from their past, from school or college or the neighborhood beach," he said.