Tuesday, March 27, 2012

1961 Rape Victim To Testify In Serial Killer's Trial

This is a weird twist to an even weirder serial killer: Yahoo News had a piece on the accused California serial killer believed to be responsible for killings dubbed "The Alphabet Murders". Authorities found a woman he's allegedly raped 50 years ago and plan on using her testimony during the trial.
Authorities said they began investigating Naso in connection with the Northern California slayings of four women after a 2010 search of his Reno home by probation officers turned up evidence tying him to the 1977 slaying of Roxene Roggasch.

The 18-year-old's body was found in a rural area near the Marin County town of Fairfax, and police say DNA from her pantyhose was matched to Naso.

Investigators also linked Naso to the murder of 22-year-old Carmen Colon, whose body was found in 1978 near the Northern California community of Port Costa. He also is charged in the 1993 killing of Pamela Parsons, 38, and the 1994 murder of Tracy Tafoya, both in Yuba County, California. All four women were prostitutes, prosecutors said.
The story also indicates that the suspect kept a journal of his activities going back to the 1950's.

I always find these kinds of cases fascinating. It's also heartening to know how much police procedures have changed in dealing with rape victims.

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