Horror strikes a small Wisconsin town in 1980 after a young couple disappears and is later discovered in a field. Charles survives to describe their black assailant, inflaming racial tensions, until a surprise witness comes forward with a story that blows open the case.
When his car is found crashed and abandoned in a remote California park, investigators and his family try to make sense of his baffling behavior. Her family finds a note saying she's gone for a walk from their home in the woods, but searches yield no signs.
There is so much information available about Rodney Alcala and his crimes today.
How daunting is that when you’re trying to find your own version of the character? After I found out I got the role, I Googled him and read up on him all night, and it became absolutely daunting, and I started to feel physically ill.
And yet, in order to fully embody him, you must have had to find some common ground or something you could understand about him. I had no idea that he had a steady girlfriend the whole time he was doing these killings. The producers had been living with this story and this script for a long time, and they knew so much about him.
He had a very codependent, dysfunctional relationship with his mother, and it’s known he had a very dysfunctional relationship with his father, who abused him verbally and physically, so that kind of helped me get into his skin. He’s a monster, as well, but he is also a person that was hurt by someone else.
I find him very different from Huck, and I approached them in different ways.” Alcala’s first known crime took place in the late 1960s, when he lured a child into his apartment, raped and beat her.