These are some pretty pictures from the 70's. But you loook at them differently when you know that these are also some photos out of of dozens found in a storage locker rented by serial killer Rodney Alcala. Police thinks that some of the people in the photos might be possible victims and are asking for public help in identifying them.
Incarcerated in 1979, Alcala has been convicted for 5 murders but is suspected for many more. He used to ask women to pose for him, passing as a fashion photographer.
I've always been interested in serial killers... it's a subject that captivates me and scares me at the same time. Seeing these photos is a little bit disturbing both because it makes the killer appear more human and artistically engaged and because I might be looking at portraits of women smiling just before they were brutally murdered. And even for those that weren't, it's still frightening to have been happily unaware so close to such a deeply disturbed individual.
These pictures offer an interesting but unnerving view from behind the camera of what the serial killer was looking for at that time...
See all photos in the Seattle Times here
via don't panic