But first, she planned to play on the beach for a few hours with Bridget. " And man, he -- he took that camera, turned his head down, and you could almost see like smoke coming off his dress shoes. Robin's ballet teacher called when she did not arrive for her lesson later that day. Marianne Connelly: It was probably the most horrifying time of all, you know, not knowing.Bridget Wilvurt: I could definitely see a gentleman with dark hair. And Robin goes, "Sure." And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, pops up Jackie Young, my neighbor. Police continually questioned the one person they thought might know where Robin could've gone: her best friend, Bridget.In 1977, Rodney Alcala was out of prison and living in New York.It was bad news for the New York cops who already had their hands full. I didn't think anything of it until a couple weeks -- until it hit the newspapers.
Alcala, meanwhile, had left New York and was on his meandering road trip back to California. In the spring of 1977, Christine was heading to Montana with her boyfriend to pan for gold. Kathy Thornton: She let my mom know that she was going to be having a baby … She undertook a systematic effort to track Christine and her boyfriend's whereabouts that would last almost 40 years -- through marriage, motherhood, divorce and a career.He says, "There was no hair."A fire crew conducting routine fire prevention maintenance found Robin's remains in a remote location more than 40 miles from where she was last seen. A: There were 12 days for the animals to scavenge Robin's remains. Police learned Alcala had rented the storage facility and moved his belongings there nine days after Robin Samsoe's remains were discovered.By the time the fire crew actually found her body, she was just bones. Bridget's description resulted in this composite sketch, which was released to the media all over Southern California. Matt Murphy: Buried under all the stuff was this tiny little silk bag filled with earrings. But when police showed the jewelry to Robin's mother, she recognized a pair of gold ball studs that she said Robin often borrowed.The woman who won a date with him ended up backing out, saying she found him "creepy."Her intuition probably saved her life. Steve Braccini: We'll never know how many women are lucky …'Cause every woman that crossed that guy's path was a potential victim.
What no one knew was that Rodney Alcala was already a serial killer.