How many little girls with long blond hair disappear that it took you three days? Matt Murphy has visited the site many times.“Robin had been up here for 12 days before her body was found,” Murphy tells Harold Dow.
Dow was a “48 Hours” correspondent for 22 years - as long as “48 Hours” has been on television. And I had received a call,” Los Angeles Police Officer Chris Camacho recalls of that September morning in 1968. “We found - a lot of ID, picture ID of a Rodney Alcala. “So with Tali, it was kind of like God gave me a second chance to save someone.”Soon after Tali healed, her parents moved her out of the country.“I found out that they had moved to Mexico, that they did not wanna raise the daughter in this society any longer. And they looked up and said, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Mr. The girls knew Alcala as John Burger, their counselor at an all-girls summer camp in New Hampshire. “I get a phone call from the FBI saying, ‘We’ve got your man in custody, he’s ready to be picked up.’”In fact, Rodney Alcala had been hiding in plain sight for the last three years.“Rodney Alcala, after raping and almost killing Tali Shapiro, he fled to New York,” Murphy says. “Part of the problem for the prosecution back then is that Tali Shapiro’s family had relocated down to Mexico,” Murphy explains.“And I said, I go, ‘It was the man, that man that took our picture,’” she says.“I really was the only person that could tell you the exact color of his eyes, the height of his cheekbones, the color of his skin, just every detail.”On July 2, 1979, 12 days after Robin last said goodbye to her friend and rode off on her bike, detectives showed up at Maryanne’s door and delivered the news no one wanted to hear-Robin’s body had been found. “He said, ‘We can’t do that.’ I said, ‘That’s my baby, Of course I can see her. ’ He said, ‘Because it took us three days to identify her.’ I said, ‘What’s wrong with you people?Bridget Wilvurt was Robin’s best friend.“We just lived to have fun,” Wilvurt tells Harold Dow.“Everybody could be complaining about being bored, and me and Robin would find ourselves doing cartwheels and back walkovers.”The other love of Robin’s life was her mom, Maryanne.“She was probably the most loving child a mother could have.