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(CNN) -- A onetime contestant on "The Dating Game" was sentenced to die Tuesday for murdering four women and a child, Orange County, California, officials said.Rodney Alcala, 66, was convicted in February of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl and raping and murdering four Los Angeles County women in the 1970s.Now he sat alone in the din of the courthouse hallway wearing ill-fitting pants and a homely purple sweater. Absent was the top-dollar legal talent that had flanked him through two criminal trials.Finally, representing himself, he would face his fellow Orange County citizens alone."Losing Robin, we lost so many things," said Marianne Connelly, the mother of Robin Samsoe, 12, whom authorities said Alcala murdered in 1979. We didn't get to see her graduate high school or college, see her have a dance career, get married and/or have children," Connelly told the court Tuesday."He took her life, her future and our joy." Deidreann Parenteau, Jill Parenteau's sister, said she never understood why her sister had to die at Alcala's hands.The district attorney said Alcala used a large rock to smash in Barcomb's face and then "strangled her to death by tying a belt and pant leg around her neck." Her body was left in a mountainous area in the foothills near Hollywood.
Police investigating Alcala discovered dozens of photographs of women and children in a storage unit he kept in Seattle, Washington.
A second trial in 1986 also resulted in a conviction and death sentence, but it was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
As he awaited a third trial, Alcala's DNA was linked to the crime scenes in the Barcomb, Wixted and Lamb cases.
"If there is a hell, I hope Rodney Alcala burns eternally," she told the court.
"I wish he would experience the terror that he put his victims through." The crimes took place between November 1977 and June 1979, and covered a wide swath of suburban Los Angeles, California, from Burbank to El Segundo, authorities said.