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Just Creepy Serial Killer Naso Can View Pantyhose

A Marin County judge ruled Friday that an accused serial killer can view four pairs of pantyhose removed from a murder victim 35 years ago.

Joseph Naso, 78, will not be allowed to touch or manipulate the evidence, which was found with Roxene Roggasch’s body in 1977. But he will be able to examine the evidence from a distance of several feet under supervision by authorities.

Naso, who is representing himself in the case, filed a motion previously for access to the evidence. The motion was heard Friday afternoon before Judge Andrew Sweet.

The evidence in question includes four pairs of pantyhose — one found shoved in Roggasch’s mouth, two others tied on her body and a fourth she was wearing. Authorities say semen on Roggasch’s pantyhose matched Naso’s DNA profile, and that Roggasch was strangled with pantyhose that contained the DNA of Naso’s wife.

It is unclear why Naso wants to view the pantyhose, but criminal defendants are entitled to examine the evidence against them. Naso told the judge there is something about the pantyhose that “concerns me.”

“I promise I won’t jump on them or do anything to damage or destroy them,” he said.

The judge instructed prosecutor Dori Ahana to prepare guidelines for his approval on how, when and where Naso can look at the evidence.

In addition to Roggasch, Naso is charged with the murders of Carmen Colon, 22, found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, found in Yuba County in 1994.

Naso, a retired commercial photographer, was identified as the suspect after a 2010 probation search at his Reno home revealed a vast collection of photographs of dead or unconscious women in various states of undress, incriminating writings, sadistic magazines, and diaries describing sex crimes, investigators said. Authorities are still investigating whether he can be linked to additional homicides.

Naso has pleaded not guilty. He says the photos are his private artwork and that the women are in staged poses.

All four murder cases are being prosecuted in Marin under an agreement among county authorities. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The trial is scheduled to begin in November.

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I just get this disturbing image in my head of him smiling and stroking them. *shivers* 

This old man creeps me out anyway and this just adds to it.

Really, just look at him. Do you want him touching your pantyhose?

More Naso News

I try not to cover one specific person over and over but this guy is such an ass. He is also making a mockery of the trial.

Basically he is pissing me off so I am going to rant.


Former Naso girlfriend, 80, testifies by video in serial killing case

The feeble 80-year-old woman, testifying by video feed from her home state of Florida, gave contradictory or inconclusive statements about his allegedly violent behavior, and giggled at times while Naso reminisced about their times together.

“You still look good, Betty,” said Naso, 78. “After all these years, you still look good to me.”

He is just so creepy. How could that have made her giggle? Puke I can see but not giggle.

The testimony came on the fourth day of Naso’s preliminary hearing in Marin Superior Court. After the hearing, Judge Andrew Sweet will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to try Naso on four counts of murder.

Naso has declined to hire a lawyer, despite having more than $1 million in assets, including bundles of cash and coin collections.

Naso, a retired commercial photographer, is charged with murdering four reputed prostitutes: Roxene Roggasch, 18, dumped outside Fairfax in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, found in Yuba County in 1994. Roggasch was strangled with panty hose that contained the DNA of Naso’s wife, according to court documents.

Naso was identified as the suspect after a 2010 probation search at his Reno home revealed a vast collection of photographs of dead or unconscious women in various states of undress, incriminating writings, sadistic magazines and diaries describing sex crimes, investigators said. Authorities are still investigating whether he can be linked to additional homicides.

Naso has pleaded not guilty. He says the photos are his private artwork and that the women are in staged poses.

Scary thing is some might actually believe it. Keep reading.

The Florida woman met Naso while both lived in Sutter County in the 1990s. She responded to a newspaper ad Naso ran for a caretaker for his disabled son, and while she did not end up working for Naso, they began a sexual relationship.

This is very petty but I almost gagged a little here. Look at him!

  • Would you want to have sex with him?

 Sorry for that. I just had to get that out.

The woman moved to Florida a few years later, and Naso visited her at least twice. She eventually broke off the relationship, and filed reports with local authorities that Naso was threatening her and sending unwanted mail and photos, according to court testimony.

Under questioning from prosecutor Rosemary Slote, the woman was able to identify herself as the woman in several Naso photographs. In some pictures, she appears standing and posed in lingerie, once with her hands tied by a cord going to the ceiling. In others, she is sprawling or bound on a bed, apparently unconscious.

The woman could not recall how she came to be in those positions, possibly lending support to the prosecution theory that Naso was rendering his victims unconscious. But she had difficulty verifying her old police statements in which she alleged violence and threats by Naso.

This is where it gets worrisome. There is a chance that someone, if not a judge maybe a juror, will have reasonable doubt due to these statements.

If this Rosemary had these photos taken, possibly willingly since there is no evidence that she fought them, and is still alive maybe he did not kill the others.

They do not have to absolutley believe the concept they just have to allow it to create doubt.

Naso, in his cross-examination, worked to charm his former girlfriend with recollections of day trips, dinners out and holding hands during long walks. But the approach sometimes fizzled into inconclusive or unflattering answers.

“When we were together, we had a good time, didn’t we?” Naso said.


“Do you ever remember me mistreating you?”


“And how was that?”

The witness was unable to answer.

I do not understand why he is being allowed to basically flirt with this woman the way he is.

Didn’t the DA question her before? I hope that they have stronger witnesses than Ms. Slote.

In another exchange, Naso asked if she could recall him driving her to give piano lessons.

“What I remember is you threatening me that you would blackmail me about the piano lessons I taught,” she said.

“How did I threaten you?”

“I wish I could remember better.”

“I wish I could, too,” Naso said.

I bet he can, in vivid detail. I have this icky feeling that he is enjoying toying with her, that he is remembering the drugs he gave her and what he did to her when she was passed out. Creepy old monster.

More Games With Joseph Naso

SAN RAFAEL — The Nevada man accused of killing four women, including a woman whose body was dumped in Contra Costa County, went back and forth with a Marin County judge on Monday over how he would defend himself.

Joseph Naso told the perplexed judge that he needed more time to find an attorney or a legal adviser.

Naso, 77, said he needed a month or two to find a lawyer he could trust to advise him. At the same time, he said he wanted to continue representing himself.

“It’s not clear to me exactly why you want a continuance,” Marin Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet told Naso, noting a confusing motion filed by the suspect who so far has represented himself. “The motion suggests you may be asking to have a lawyer represent you,” or a lawyer to act in an advisory capacity, the judge observed.

“All of the above,” Naso replied. “It’s not so much the question of spending money to retain counsel but of retaining someone I can trust and feel confident of to represent me. There are people out there who would like to get my money.”

“I have decided I do need legal counsel for this case,” Naso continued. At the same time, “I would like to maintain that privilege” of representing myself.

“If you were to ask me right now do I want counsel or do I want to represent myself, I can’t answer that,” Naso said.

“The bottom line is, if I can find an attorney who is reasonable and is not just out for my money, I would consider that.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” the judge said at one point.

Authorities have said Naso has access to about $1 million in savings.

Ultimately, Sweet said there was no good cause to delay a Sept. 6 preliminary hearing.

Naso said he was wary of attorneys because he had been burned by one and said he had talked to a half-dozen lawyers and was having trouble finding one that measured up.

“In this county there are not that many attorneys who are interested in this type of case,” he said.

Naso has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing four women: Roxene Roggasch, 18, dumped near Whites Hill above Fairfax in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, found in Yuba County in 1994. The cases are being prosecuted in Marin Superior Court.

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He just needs to pass away in his sleep.

Marin judge seeks financial report on murder suspect Naso

Suspected serial killer Joseph Naso was granted permission Thursday to have a legal adviser, but the judge is undecided on whether taxpayers should foot the bill.

IMO that answer is NO!

Judge Andrew Sweet said he will appoint a county official to investigate Naso’s wealth and his ability to access it, and report back later this month. Marin County prosecutors say Naso has more than $1 million in liquid assets — including $150,000 he can access by merely writing a letter to authorities in his home state of Nevada — but Naso says he cannot get to his money and no private lawyer will help him without payment.

“My assets are impounded,” Naso, 77, said during a brief hearing Thursday afternoon. “I have no assets.”

Not that I understand all the legal circumstances but I do not think that frozen is the same as gone.

Naso initially insisted on representing himself in the multiple murder case, saying he did not want to expend money on a lawyer. But recently he filed a motion seeking “advisory counsel” to help with the complex litigation, which could bring him the death penalty.

Deputy District Attorney Dori Ahana argued that Naso is not indigent and has no right to a publicly financed lawyer.

I agree. Nasso can pay for his own defense.

Sweet said he will rule on Naso’s request on July 26 after hearing the report on his finances.

Naso has pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering four reputed prostitutes: Roxene Roggasch, 18, dumped between Fairfax and Woodacre in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, found in Yuba County in 1994. All four cases are being prosecuted in Marin Superior Court.


Roggasch, who lived in the East Bay, was strangled with panty hose that contained the DNA of Naso’s wife, according to court documents. The investigation also revealed that Naso kept a handwritten list of 10 women in 10 locations — including apparent allusions to the four murder victims, authorities allege.

The district attorney has declined to comment on whether the other six women have been identified and accounted for.

Naso, a retired freelance photographer, also kept a collection of racy photos of women — including admitted photos of Parsons — and rented a deposit box with newspaper clippings about two of the murders, authorities said.

The photographs and writings were seized last year at Naso’s home in Reno, where police were conducting a probation search. He was arrested by Marin authorities in April after completing a jail term in an unrelated case.

Naso is being held without bail.


Serial Killer News

MARIN CO., Calif. — A suspected serial killer was in the Marin County jail Monday (04/11) night following his arrest on four counts of murder involving cold cases from around northern California.

Joseph Naso, 77, had been living in Reno, Nev. and was arrested Monday in South Lake Tahoe after being released from the El Dorado County jail on unrelated charges.

The homicides took place in northern California in 1977, 1978, 1993 & 1994.

Investigators did not release many details Monday but at least one of the killings was involved a Marin County woman.

KTVU learned the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Department have scheduled news conferences for Tuesday morning.

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian told the Marin Independent Journal that authorities were still trying to notify family members after his arrest.

Naso, who is being held without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.



Elsewhere a parole board is deciding if a serial killer should be released on parole.

A state parole board heard testimony Monday about why a convicted killer — whom police believe was behind a grisly string of Clark County homicides in the 1970s — should remain locked up.

Warren Forrest, a Vancouver native and Army veteran, was suspected of slaying at least six women in Clark County between March 1972 and October 1974. He was convicted in 1979 of one of the homicides and received a life sentence.

Now 61, Forrest is eligible for parole in 2014, and the Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board is hearing testimony this week before deciding whether to release him. Today, two board members will interview Forrest at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen to determine whether he’s shown significant signs of rehabilitation.

The board is expected to reach a decision in four to six weeks, according to Portland KATU-TV reporter Dan Tilkin, a Columbian news partner who attended Monday’s hearing.

Forrest was sentenced prior to an overhaul of the state’s sentencing guidelines that now mandate set sentences; prior to the current guidelines, defendants in certain violent crimes were given indeterminate sentences and their cases were to be periodically reviewed by a parole board.

This is the first time Forrest has been eligible for parole.

On Monday, family members of the women spoke vehemently before the board at its Lacey headquarters about why Forrest should never be freed.

Among them was Starr Lara, the sister of Jamie Grissim, a 16-year-old Fort Vancouver High School student who disappeared Dec. 7, 1971. Sheriff’s investigators later found Grissim’s identification in remote Dole Valley, about a mile away from where the remains of two young women also were found.

Investigators believe Grissim was Forrest’s first victim, according to 1970s police reports. However, her remains were never found.

Lara of Hillsboro, Ore., said Monday that she thinks about her sister every day and still seeks answers from Forrest about her disappearance.

“I’ve gone without my sister all these years,” Lara told the board, according to KATU video footage of Monday’s hearing. “And he doesn’t deserve any less of a secure place.”

She said he shouldn’t receive any privileges “because they didn’t get that.”

Forrest, a former Clark County parks employee, is serving his sentence for the 1974 murder of Krista Kay Blake. In addition to the slayings, he is suspect of attacking two other women. Both eventually identified Forrest as their abductor.

Forrest pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the kidnap and rape of one of his surviving victims and spent 3½ years at Western State Hospital near Tacoma. Meanwhile, sheriff’s investigators began piecing together a puzzle that led them to believe Forrest was a serial killer.

Investigators, though, were stymied by the lack of physical and direct evidence linking Forrest to those disappearances.

In 1978, Forrest was charged with the first-degree murder of Blake and subsequently convicted by a Clark County jury and sentenced.

Monday, two of Blake’s sisters also spoke to the board, decrying the possibility of Forrest’s release.

In response, the board members told family members that it will be tough for Forrest to meet the burden required for an early release; he must show that he’s fully rehabilitated.

Should the parole board decide to release Forrest, he would first be enrolled in a three-year program that helps prisoners reintegrate into society by teaching them life skills, such as using a cellphone, Tilkin said.

Lara told the board that she doesn’t think Forrest has met that burden.

“I don’t think he’s ever shown remorse,” Lara said.


I have no idea why they would ever release him, or any serial killer back into society. It is proven over and over that serial killers can not be rehabilitated. They are basically putting a time bomb on the streets.

This link has a video about the Long Island, New York / Possible New Jersey serial killer.

In West Mesa New Mexico the police are hoping that the press that the serial killer in New York is generating breathes new life into their unsolved serial murders.

Investigators in the West Mesa buried bodies case are keeping a close eye on developments in Long Island, New York.

There, in a rural area of the island, the remains of eight people have been recently discovered. More remains, believed to be human, were found on Monday. The discovery is leading them to think a serial killer may be responsible— a killer with eerily similar victims to the West Mesa Case.

Even though it’s so far away, the case has the attention of the Albuquerque Police Department as they continue to look for the culprit in the West Mesa murders.

“The lifestyles are similar, the women are engaged in a different type of activity given that they’re using Craigslist or different types of calling contacts, where ours are believed to be contacted off the streets so those are a few of the similarities,” said APD Deputy Chief Paul Feist.

From there the similarities end. Investigators say they have confidential evidence with the West Mesa case that doesn’t match up with Long Island case.

Albuquerque police don’t think they’re looking for the same person but say when there’s a mention of a serial killing, like in Long Island, there’s potential for a breakthrough. “Even if this is not the same offender, it might spark somebody here with recollection or give them courage to come forward,” said Feist.

Police believe the answer is out there somewhere, but for now the West Mesa murder case remains a mystery.

If you have information about the West Mesa murders you are urged to call police.

Source and Video here


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