But what Bradshaw — and the viewing audience — didn’t know was that Alcala was a serial killer who was in the midst of a rampage.
He had already murdered at least two women in Southern California.
“I called the police and said my daughter’s missing,” Connelly tells the show.
“They told me they couldn’t take a report for 24 hours.
“It was Camelot.” Charles Hirsch Barris was born June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia, the son of a dentist.
By the next morning, they declared it a kidnapping.” About 12 days later, her decomposed remains had been found, scavenged by animals.
Connelly recalls what happened when the authorities arrived at her house.
Bradshaw was selected by the show because he was tall, handsome and charming. By the time of his 1979 arrest, Alcala had killed at least seven women, but authorities believe that the body count could be much higher.
Prosecutors said that Alcala was a cruel killer who toyed with his victims.
But his shows became must-watch programming in America.