Alcala had lived in New York periodically between 19.
During that period, Crilley was found raped and strangled with her nylon stockings in her Manhattan apartment.
The Journal reported that many in attendance at Monday's sentencing wore stickers bearing the black-and-white photograph that initially appeared in stories about Crilley's death.
"Cornelia Always in Our Hearts," the stickers read.
"As I said, in 30 years I've never had a case like this," she said.
Alcala raped and strangled Crilley, a 23-year-old TWA flight attendant, inside her Upper East Side apartment in 1971.
She had been sexually assaulted and strangled with a shoelace.
Hover went missing in July 1977 and her body was discovered the following year.
July 24, 1979 — Rodney James Alcala, an unemployed photographer, is arrested at his parents’ Monterey Park home.
September 1980 – Alcala is convicted of the 1978 rape of a 15-year-old Riverside girl and sentenced to nine years in state prison.
On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Bonnie Wittner handed down a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"This kind of case is something I've never experienced, hope to never again.