Friday, June 17, 2011

Joseph Naso Suspected Serial Killer 'murdered prostitute with wife's tights' and 'kept a macabre death wish list' - 17th June 2011

A serial killer suspect targeted lonely prostitutes with matching initials and strangled one with his wife’s tights, court documents claim.

Photographer Joseph Naso, is alleged to be the infamous American alphabet killer, is said to have kept a numbered list of 10 women, including the four prostitutes he is charged with killing.

Detectives had been silent on details in the ongoing investigation of the 77-year-old photographer.

All four had matching initials, Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya, and are unsolved murders.

Authorities around the country are also looking at Naso as a suspect in more cold cases.

In a probable cause statement released Thursday it states that Naso may have used his then-wife's panty hose to strangle Roggasch, a prostitute whose 1977 murder has been unsolved for decades.

She was number three on Naso's list of 10 women, the documents state, referred to as 'Girl near Loganitas,' whose body was found about four miles east of Lagunitas, a small town in Marin County.

'DNA testing was done during which the DNA of Judith Naso ... was found on the panty hose around her neck,' wrote Ryan Petersen, a Marin County sheriff's investigator.

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian, who is prosecuting the case, would not comment on whether investigators had made progress in looking at the six other women and locations mentioned on Naso's list.

The probable cause statement is used to hold Naso in jail after a police arrested him without a warrant.

It was only unsealed after a coalition of media groups led by news agencies challenged a judge's decision to close the files.

Marin County prosecutors and Naso, who is representing himself at trial, both opposed unsealing the document.

Investigators also said they found numerous nude photos of women who appeared to be dead or passed out, along with logs and journals.

Documents also revealed that DNA collected from fingernail clippings of Colon could also tie Naso to her murder. Read More