Death Penalty

Calif. Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

Oldest convict to be put on death row


An elderly pin-up photographer convicted of killing four Northern California prostitutes with matching initials in the so-called "Alphabet Murders" was sentenced to death on Friday by a judge who called him "evil."

Joseph Naso, 79, will be the oldest convict to arrive on San Quentin State Prison's death row since California reinstated capital punishment in 1977, a prison spokesman said.

Marin County Judge Andrew Sweet called Naso a "ruthless, pathological predator" before condemning him to death for murdering the four women and dumping their scantily clad bodies in remote locations between 1977 and 1994.