Serial Killer Rodney Alcala Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life for 1970s Murders

Press Release

On January 7, 2013, Rodney Alcala, A/K/A “John Berger,” was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison for the 1971 murder of Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 murder of Ellen Hover. The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of Intentional Murder on December 14, 2012. As admitted in his guilty plea, Alcala raped and strangled Cornelia Crilley, a 23 year-old TWA flight attendant, inside her Upper East Side apartment in 1971. Six years later, he murdered Ellen Hover, who was also 23 years-old and living in Manhattan.