The pictures, Ellis added, came with an unspoken message: “Here it is, and here we are.” HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED One of those photos was of a pretty 20-something woman, wearing a yellow top and flip-flops and looking to be about six months pregnant, sitting atop a Kawasaki 500 motorcycle.
After Kathy Thornton saw the picture, in 2013, she called the source – Huntington Beach police.
"She wanted to be happy and grow old with somebody," said Heather. That's where she met Alec Mc Naughton, a lawyer from Enid, Oklahoma. She was well-read, well traveled," Mc Naughton told Schlesinger in an exclusive interview. "We definitely questioned like, 'Mom, don't you think this is a little too fast?
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Thornton was about six months pregnant at the time of her death, according to the warrant for Alcala’s arrest.
Alcala, 73, a former child photographer convicted in Orange County for a string of murders in Southern California, remains at California’s Corcoran State Prison and is sentenced to death.
The man once nicknamed “The Dating Game Killer” because he appeared on that game show while in the midst of his killing rampage may have as many as 130 victims across the country, police in Wyoming said Tuesday, citing estimates by authorities.
Though prosecutors said her body was uncovered by a rancher in Wyoming in 1982, Thornton’s alleged link to Alcala wasn’t known for decades.
THE PHOTOS In 2013, Thornton’s sister, Kathy Thornton, saw an online display of photos taken by Alcala decades earlier, and recognized the subject of one of those photos as her sister.