Her decomposing body was found 12 days later in the Los Angeles foothills.
Samsoe's friends told police that a stranger had approached them on the beach, asking to take their pictures.
Rodney James Alcala (born Rodrigo Jacques Alcala Buquor; August 23, 1943) is a convicted rapist and serial killer.
He was sentenced to death in California in 2010 for five murders committed in that state between 19.
Less than two months after his release, he was re-arrested after assaulting a 13-year-old girl identified in court records as "Julie J.", who had accepted what she thought would be a ride to school.
Once again, he was paroled after serving two years of an "indeterminate sentence".
In 1978 Alcala worked for a short time at the Los Angeles Times as a typesetter, and was interviewed by members of the Hillside Strangler task force as part of their investigation of known sex offenders.
Although Alcala was ruled out as the Hillside Strangler, he was arrested and served a brief sentence for marijuana possession.During this period Alcala convinced hundreds of young men and women that he was a professional fashion photographer, and photographed them for his "portfolio." A Times co-worker later recalled that Alcala shared his photos with workmates."I thought it was weird, but I was young, I didn’t know anything," she said.In 1980 he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for Samsoe's murder, but the verdict was overturned by the California Supreme Court because jurors had been improperly informed of his prior sex crimes.In 1986, after a second trial virtually identical to the first except for omission of the prior criminal record testimony, he was convicted again and sentenced to death, again.In 1977, after his second release from prison, Alcala's Los Angeles parole officer took the unusual step of permitting a repeat offender—and known flight risk—to travel to New York City.