Man, 77, Arrested In Four California Cold Cases

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in California say they plan to seek the death penalty for a 77-year-old Nevada man accused of killing four women over two decades.

Joseph Naso of Reno, Nev., is being held on suspicion of murders in 1977, 1978, 1993 and 1994 across Northern California.

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian said Tuesday the 1970s victims were Roxene Roggasch, whose body was found in Marin County; and Carmen Colon, who was found in Contra Costa County.

He identified the 1990s victims as Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tofoya, both of whom turned up in Yuba County.

Naso was arrested Monday shortly after being released from a Nevada jail in an unrelated case. Berberian says authorities there discovered evidence on Naso that linked the killings together.

Law enforcement officials held a press conference today in connection with Naso’s arrest.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Tapestry

    Prisons need geriatric wards installed, the prison population is getting older and older, and the one’s they catch aren’t going to last that much longer.

  • Matthew Parvin

    gee kinda creepy, is this guy the Zodiac? I mean, look at were he did it and in 1964 he would have been 30 young and strong enough and from the Bay Area…..?????

  • fruitnuts

    Kinda weird all 4 victims have the same 1st and last name beginning initial…. since I’m “Fruit Nuts,” I guess I’m safe… plus I only have man boobs… not the silver dollar kind

  • Mike Carpino

    If the authorities are so sure he’s done it then bring in the firing squad and quit wasting the taxpayers money on a 77 year old. Lat I read , it costs the taxpayer $22K per thug to keep the bums up in Hotel Wait n See.

    • Mike DuBois

      O HECK YEAH, lets just let the police lock up any body they are “sure ” is guilty. That would just about include everybody, including you! Ever drink and drive? Try some pot when you were a kid? Our system isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty much the best in the world for a reason. Justice isn’t cheap and it should NEVER be EASY to incarcerate anyone. We should be glad it isn’t.

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  • skeeter

    save us all money 9mm fmj cheap =)

  • Linda ashby

    33 years have past, Roxene RIP, They got him! your sis, Linda

  • Nola

    this should have come alot sooner. I hope he gets just what he gave you
    Roxene. Your cous

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