Hover was last seen near her apartment on Third Avenue at 44th Street on July 15, 1977, accompanied by a thin, white male who wore his long dark curly hair in a ponytail.
She had told a friend that the man was a photographer whom she had met on an unemployment line.
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Rodney Alcala, California’s “Dating Game Killer,” has been indicted in the deaths of two New York City women in the 1970s. A New York grand jury has returned an indictment accusing California serial killer Rodney Alcala of the brutal rape and murder of two New York City women in the 1970s.
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When detectives asked him why he was near her apartment, Alcala responded that he was “probably walking around taking pictures.” He was asked to take a polygraph but refused. (The Bachelorette who chose Alcala later thought better of it and backed out of their date.)" data-reactid="44"In 1978, Hover's skeletal remains were found on the Rockefeller estate in North Tarrytown in Westchester County, New York, a few miles away from her family’s weekend home.The Dating Game—on Sept 13, 1978, Alcala was introduced as “a successful photographer” whose pastimes included skydiving and motorcycling.Attractive, with a long mane of hair and a self-described “genius IQ,” he apparently charmed his victims with tales of his work in the fashion industry.Prosecutors say Manhattan socialite Ellen Jane Hover and TWA flight attendant Cornelia Crilley, both in their twenties when they died, are among the long list of victims of the so-called Dating Game killer." data-reactid="24"The ruling will begin the process of Alcala’s extradition to New York to stand trial and, for the families of the two women, a long-awaited reckoning with their alleged killer.Alcala, 67, is already on death row at San Quentin State Prison, outside San Francisco, convicted of the sexual assault, torture, and strangulation of a 12-year-old ballet student in Huntington Beach as well as four Los Angeles County women.