Serial killer sentenced to death in California 'Alphabet Murders'

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« on: November 27, 2013, 11:54:17 AM »
Friday, November 22, 2013

By Ronnie Cohen

SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) - An elderly
pin-up photographer convicted of killing four
Northern California prostitutes with double
initials in the so-called "Alphabet Murders" was
sentenced to death on Friday by a judge who
called him "evil."

Joseph Naso, 79, will be the oldest convict to
arrive on San Quentin State Prison's death row
since California reinstated capital punishment in
1977, a prison spokesman said.

Marin County Judge Andrew Sweet called Naso a
"ruthless, pathological predator" before
condemning him to death for murdering the
four women and dumping their scantily clad
bodies in remote locations between 1977 and
1994.

"The evidence in this case established clearly
that you are an evil and disturbed man," Sweet
told Naso. "Your being in the world has made
this a worse place, and for your atrocious crimes
you are going to be sentenced to the ultimate
punishment."

But the balding, stooped serial killer may well
die of natural causes rather than in the death
chamber.

California has not executed a convict since 2006,
when a federal judge halted executions, saying
a three-drug lethal injection risked causing
inmates too much pain and suffering before
death.

Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death
Penalty Information Center, a Washington, D.C.,
nonprofit, called Naso's punishment "purely a
symbolic gesture with very little chance of being
carried out."

Naso acted as his own attorney during a two-
month trial. Although he maintained his
innocence, he presented a meager, sometimes
rambling defense.

A jury in August found Naso guilty of first-
degree murder in the deaths of Roxene
Roggasch, 18, and Carmen Colon, 22, in the
1970s, and Pamela Parsons, 38, and Tracy
Tafoya, 31, in the 1990s. The matching initials of
each victim's first and last names led to the
crimes becoming known as the "Alphabet
Murders."

Naso, during a jailhouse interview with Reuters
last year, sought to downplay the significance of
the victims' initials. "This double initial thing is
just a coincidence," he said.

Naso drugged, sexually assaulted and strangled
the women he killed, prosecutors said.

"This man robbed me of my childhood with my
mother," Shane Ashby, Roggasch's son, said in
court on Friday.

Ashby was 18 months old when Naso murdered
his mother.

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Naso claimed to the court on Friday that DNA
evidence had been planted on two of the
murdered women.

"I have sympathy, remorse for anybody who
dies and the people they leave behind," he said.
"But I'm not guilty of these crimes."

Nevada probation officers connected Naso in
2010 to the four killings, after a search of his
Reno home turned up ammunition, erotically
dressed mannequins, handcuffs, journals
detailing violent sex acts and hundreds of
photographs of naked women - many appearing
dead or unconscious.

Investigators used a handwritten, numbered
roster discovered in Naso's home to link him to
the slayings. The roster lists nine spots in
California and one in Florida where authorities
believe Naso discarded his victims' bodies.

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian told
Reuters he believes Naso killed at least 10
women over several decades but that
authorities "were not able to marshal enough
evidence" to present charges in all 10 of those
cases.

Although Naso is the oldest person to be
convicted and sent to California's death row
since 1977, serial killer David Carpenter, 83, is
the oldest person living there.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 12:14:07 PM »
Doesn't look like a killer.. but who does.
I tried to commit suicide one time...

I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2013, 02:01:04 PM »
You do.
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2013, 03:43:58 PM »
I tried to commit suicide one time...

I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 04:29:20 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013, 04:37:29 PM »
I tried to commit suicide one time...

I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2013, 05:56:54 PM »
+1

Haha you'd have to get up pretty early to best me, in fact you'd have to stay up all night.  :munch:
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 06:52:44 PM »
Ill drink tooo that :drunk:
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I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.