The slayings of four young women from 1977 to 1994 in Nothern California at first appeared unconnected. Now, says the Los Angeles Times, investigators have linked them to one suspect: Joseph Naso, 77, who was charged yesterday with four counts of murder. One mystery is whether their names, each with the same first and second initial, were a factor, and could the killer of Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons, Roxene Roggasch, and Tracy Tafoya be the same man who committed the infamous “Double Initial Murders” in upstate New York four decades ago?
Killings of three girls in the Rochester area in 1971 and 1973 have never been solved, and all three victims’ names had the same first and last initial. One also was named Carmen Colon. Naso lived in the Rochester area in the 1960s and early ’70s. He traveled the country as a professional photographer. Investigators, who spent years gathering information on the cold cases, said Naso may be responsible for more slayings. “When you are talking about a person who has killed more than once, this doesn’t stop,” said Chris Perry, acting director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.