OAP 'Murdered People With Matching Initials'
A 77-year-old man has been charged with four murders spanning 20 years amid bizarre claims the victims were targeted because their first and last initials were the same.
Photographer Joseph Naso was charged after investigators searched his home and found evidence linking him to murders across Northern California.
Roxene Roggasch, 18, was found murdered in 1977, Carmen Colon was discovered a year later and Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya were killed in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
Detectives in California say they do not know if the alliterative initials are merely coincidence or part of the pattern of a serial killer.
It has been revealed that police across the United States are now investigating whether Naso could be tied to other cold case murders.
Detectives in New York are looking into whether he could be responsible for the so-called "Double Initial Murders" of three young girls who were abducted, raped and strangled in Rochester in the 1970s.
Almost incredibly, one of the victims in the New York case was also named Carmen Colon.
Naso, a native of New York who also lived in the Rochester area, was a professional freelance photographer who often travelled the country for work.
A DNA sample taken from one of the New York victims did not match Naso but state police say they are not ready to rule him out of their investigation and are hoping to speak to people who knew him at the time.
Chris Perry, of Nevada's Department of Public Safety, said: "We think there are others out there we haven't discovered yet.
"Typically when you are talking about a person who has killed more than once, this doesn't stop."
Naso, who had been living in Nevada, has a criminal history dating back to 1955 although most of his convictions for petty theft.
Sheriff Mike Haley, who has helped launch the cold case task force, said: "The person has travelled around the country, has been engaged with law enforcement across the country, so we suspect, and have to suspect, that any cases that may emerge in the future have a rather long potential list of states that may been impacted."
Re: OAP 'Murdered People With Matching Initials'
Apart from the matching initials, I hope they've got something pretty good to back up these accusations!
Could I spin the world a little slower for you?