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Without the testimony, prosecutors were not able to convict Alcala of rape and attempted murder.
Alcala pled guilty to a lesser charge of assault and was paroled after 34 months.
"We're going to have a great time together, Cheryl," he says with a grin.
Host Jim Lange introduces Alcala as "a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.
Alcala was back on the streets in less than three years.
Within eight weeks, he violated his parole again and was arrested for providing marijuana and offering a ride to a 13-year-old girl, who was identified as Julie J. Law enforcement repeatedly failed to take the dangerous sexual predator and serial killer off the streets.
"And he was very obnoxious and creepy -- he became very unlikable and rude and imposing as though he was trying to intimidate."I wound up not only not liking this guy ... He is now representing himself during the penalty phase of his trial in Santa Ana, Calif.
Using a new name John Berger, he enrolled in the New York University film school under the famous film director and producer Roman Polanski.
In 1971, Alcala obtained a counseling job at a New Hampshire arts camp for children, using a slightly different pseudonym John Burger.
Little Tali Shapiro was able to survive, but the incident left a lasting mental scar.
The Shapiro family was so terrified of what happened to their daughter that they moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.