His passion and his generous spirit are deeply woven into the fabric of this broadcast. “A beige colored car with no license plates was following this little girl.”“Tali Shapiro was an 8-year-old girl walking to school back in 1968,” says Orange County Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy.“A good Samaritan, a witness, sees the little girl, the little 8-year-old Tali get in the car. follows him and puts a call into LAPD,” says Los Angeles Detective Steve Hodel.“I went to that location,” Camacho recalls. He was a student at UCLA - an undergrad student.”“That’s one of the first times he ever turned up on the radar for law enforcement,” Murphy says. and we were in combat I was trying to save this guy… And that was the last I heard of them,” says Camacho. “So I think that created logistical problems for the D. back then.”In 1972, Alcala pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child molestation.“He ultimately was convicted of child molest,” Murphy tells Harold Dow.He had spent more than a year working on this story, and was determined to bring this intricate tale to our viewers. “Rodney Alcala managed to give them the slip.”“Unfortunately,” Camacho explains, “the other officers - when I kicked the front door - came running around to assist me and - the suspect went out the back door.”But moments later, when Camacho walked back into the kitchen where Tali was, he witnessed a miracle. And I thought, ‘One for the good guys.’ She’s gonna make it.”Clinging to life, Tali was rushed to the hospital.“Had it not been for that police officer, Tali Shapiro would have died on Rodney Alcala’s kitchen floor,” says Orange County Deputy D. The investigation was now in the hands of detectives. Steve Hodel was grasping at thin air.“All kinds of rumors. “He received one year to life in the old indeterminate sentencing laws. “So I grabbed a towel and I picked up the edge of the bar and I - I laid it off to the side.” “We started searching the residence… “…we said, ‘This guy is going to commit other crimes, he’s not going to stop.”In 1969, the FBI put Rodney Alcala on its Most Wanted List.
He was just finishing it when he died suddenly on Aug. One year to life and the parole board let him go after 34 months. after what he did to Tali Shapiro.”Indeterminate sentencing meant a parole board, not a judge, would determine how much time an inmate actually spent in prison.“The emphasis was on rehabilitation back then,” Hodel explains.
Open this door I want to talk to you.’ Finally, I kicked the door in. We could see in the kitchen there was a body on the floor, a lot of blood.”“They say a picture says a thousand words,” Murphy says, “and that image of those little white Mary Janes on that floor with that metal bar that he used to strangle her with… there was a lot of photograph equipment,” Camacho continues. “We’ve got to find this guy, we’ve got to get him off the streets, we’ve got to bring him to justice,” says Hodel.