Dan Erramouspe, an attorney from Wyoming connected to the Thornton case, told reporters that some of the things Alcala had said when they tried to confront him did potentially help tie him to Thornton’s murder.
It’s always been suspected that in those unidentified models were some additional victims, cold cases waiting to be solved.
This week, those photos helped authorities add another name to his list: Christine Ruth Thornton of of San Antonio.
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This time Alcala would spend two years in prison, eventually released in 1977.
Two women have already come forward just a day after the NYPD released over 200 photos taken by a convicted serial killer.
His third trial, alleging the rape and murder of 31-year-old Charlotte Lamb, 27-year-old Georgia Wixted, 21-year-old Jill Parenteau, 18-year-old Jill Barcomb, and 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, began in 2005.
During the decades he was jailed, DNA evidence processing had advanced to the point where law enforcement was able to use what they still had to build an even better case against him.
The 73-year-old serial killer is reportedly too ill to make the journey from California to Wyoming to be charged.
Alcala was eventually connected to the Thornton murder through DNA testing.
Judy Cole told police that she believes she is one of the hundreds of unidentified women in Rodney Alcala's photos.