It did not take long for Alcala to get back into his murderous rampage.After the Samsoe murder, Alcala rented a storage locker in Seattle, where police found hundreds of photos of young women and girls and a bag of personal items that they suspected belonged to Alcala's victims.Without their main witness, the decision was made to offer Alcala a plea deal.Alcala, charged with rape, kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder, accepted a deal to plead guilty to child molestation. He was sentenced to one year to life and was paroled after 34 months under the "indeterminate sentencing" program.From 1968 to 1971, even though he was listed on the FBI's most wanted list, he lived undetected and in full view.Playing the role of a "groovy" film student, amateur photographer, single hot shot, Alcala moved around New York's single clubs.
Because of the brutality of the beating, they thought she was dead and begin to search for Alcala in the apartment.
The program allowed a parole board, not a judge, to decide on when offenders could be released based on if they appeared rehabilitated.
With Alcala's ability to charm, he was back out on the streets in less than three years.
But it took several months before they would find Alcala.
Alcala, now using the name John Berger, fled to New York and enrolled in NYU film school.