By CBSLA Staff

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Serial killer Rodney James Alcala, known as the “Dating Game Killer” for his appearance on a reality show, died of natural causes on Saturday morning after spending decades on death row.

Alcala died at 1:43 a.m. in a local community hospital.

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He was sentenced to death in Orange County twice in 1980 and 1986 for the 1979 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.

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The sentences were overturned two times and Alcala was granted a new trial.

Alcala’s DNA matched evidence in other murders and he ended up being indicted for the murders of four other women.

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He was also charged with murders in New York and Wyoming, and investigators have also linked him to murders in Seattle, New Hampshire, and Arizona.