When they knocked on the door, he escaped out the back and evaded arrest. In 1971, Alcala is believed to have raped and strangled Cornelia Crilley, a Trans World Airlines flight attendant, in her Manhattan apartment.
He was placed on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list. The same year, two children at the camp saw the FBI's Wanted poster and told the camp's staff about it.
In spite of what he had done, he was only found guilty of giving marijuana to a minor and violating his parole and was released after two more years of indeterminate sentencing.
In 1977, Alcala got permission from his parole officer to visit relatives in New York City.
Shortly after arriving (coincidentally during the time that Son of Sam was active), he is believed to have killed Ellen Jane Hover, a 23-year-old socialite.
Her datebook showed that she had a meeting with one "John Berger", Alcala's alias, on the date of her disappearance. A., Alcala got a job as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times.
When the FBI connected him to his old alias, they questioned him.
After 34 months, in 1974, he was released and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl named as "Julie J." in court records, forced her to smoke marijuana and kissed her.
Since her body hadn't yet been found, he was let go.
He was also questioned as a convicted sex offender in connection with the Hillside Strangler investigation.
They reported Alcala to the authorities, leading to him being extradited to California.
Because Shapiro's family had moved to Mexico and wouldn't let their daughter testify, Alcala got off with a guilty plead for a lesser assault charge.