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Rodney Alcala, 67, has been sentenced to death in California.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1/27/2011 11:39:10 AM ET 2011-01-27T16:39:10

A convicted California serial killer is being charged with the 1970s killings of two women in New York, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

The official said Rodney Alcala has been indicted on murder charges in the deaths of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover. Crilley was found strangled in her Manhattan apartment in 1971. Hover disappeared in 1977 and her remains were later found on an estate outside the city.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an indictment that has not been made public.

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The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment. A news conference was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The 67-year-old Alcala was convicted last year of strangling of four women and a 12-year-old girl in California in the 1970s. He has been sentenced to death.

He represented himself in court.

Alcala once appeared as a contestant on the "Dating Game", the L.A. Times reported. Police in Seattle have also investigated Alcala in connection with unsolved crimes, according to the newspaper.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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