In 1978 The Dating Game host Jim Lange stands on stage – a floral motif bedecking the set behind him. Then he points to his left to present the eligible bachelors who want to date the woman of the hour. And Lange subsequently introduces the first suitor as Rodney Alcala, whose appearance on the popular ABC show feels chilling once you become aware that this man is in fact a prolific serial killer. At this time, though, he hasn’t yet been caught.
It’s important to point out that exactly what constitutes a serial killer remains a topic of some debate. However, most experts agree that a person dubbed as such derives some kind of psychological pleasure from committing murder. Such individuals tend to act on their own, too, and they also each kill more than one person over a time frame spanning in excess of 30 days.
As a consequence, then, many consider Jack the Ripper to be modern history’s original serial killer. The notorious criminal roamed the streets of London’s Whitechapel neighborhood – a part of the city that was known at the time for being dangerous. And it was there, in 1888, that Jack the Ripper selected his victims, murdering a minimum of five women – all of whom are thought to have been sex workers.