After reading only one book by Stella Stands, I swore off reading more from this author. But seeing her newest book, The Dating Game Killer, sitting on the store bookshelf, I thought, “What the heck?” After all, it was thicker than her other books so I thought maybe she’d actually put some time and effort into this one.
I have no one to blame but myself for the time wasted on this book. You know, the whole “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” thing.
I was suckered in with the title, first: The Dating Game Killer. According to the back cover, Rodney Alcala was bachelor on The Dating Game; coming across as every woman’s dream.
Well, that was but a small blip on the life map of Alcala. Most of his life he was drifting from coast to coast and playing the role of pervert photographer by taking photos of young girls; other times he was raping and murdering girls and young women, leaving their bodies in lurid poses.
And that’s the ghist of it.
In The Dating Game Killer, author Stella Sands has turned the story of this psycho-sadist serial killer into a 400+ page book. Problem is, only the first 183 pages are interesting. These pages detail the crimes, provide fairly decent background on Alcala, recount the crimes, tells about the victims’ lives, and follow the investigation. After that, it’s nothing but the trials. Yes, multiple. And their repeated almost verbatim from Court records and read just as mundane as such. Being that there were no real revelations during these trials, this portion could have been greatly condensed.
And I will save you my rant on the chapters wasted on detailing mental disorders, lest my review drone on too.
The Dating Game Killer isn’t exactly on my “do not read” list but doesn’t come with a recommendation either. Depending on how much you enjoy the trial portions will be the deciding factor for you with this book.