A man charged with the murders of four Northern California women kept a safe deposit box that contained photographs of two other women who appeared dead and items belonging to a Bob Dylan follower who was last seen heading to a 1992 concert, an investigator testified Thursday.
Detective Richard Brown of the Nevada Department of Public Safety made the disclosures during a preliminary hearing for Joseph Naso, 78, of Reno, Nev., who is charged in what has become known as the "Double Initial" killings because each of the victims had first and last names that began with the same letters.
Brown said the photographs showed the two unidentified women from the waist down dressed in underwear and high heels. Their skin was discolored in a way that suggested their bodies were starting to decompose.
The safe deposit box also contained identification, business cards and other personal items belonging to Renee Shapiro, who has been missing since May 4, 1992, Brown said. Bob Dylan performed at a San Francisco club that day, and Shapiro, who had changed her name to Sara Dylan, had followed the singer across the country.
"This was her passion in life," he said. "That was all she did."
A piece of paper with "May 4 1992 Monday p.m." written on it in Naso's handwriting also was saved in the box, Brown said.
The detective is the lead witness at Naso's preliminary hearing, after which a judge will decide if prosecutors have enough evidence to put him on trial. He testified Wednesday that among the dozens of photographs seized from Naso's home were images of two prostitutes Naso is charged with killing _ Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya.
Brown also has described the contents of a journal found in Naso's home that described sexual assaults.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/yUva6Z) that Naso, who is acting as his own lawyer, objected Thursday to the detective calling the journal a "rape journal."
"I call it a rape journal because in it, you write things such as, `I had to rape her. I raped her in an alley. I raped her in the front seat of my car,'" Brown replied.
Naso responded, "In my culture, and where I come from, it's a term for making out, scoring, getting to first base. I use that term loosely."
The Chronicle reported that Naso asked the detective why he was pursuing the case against him.
"Because I believe you, Mr. Naso, murdered four women, if not 10," Brown said. "Someday I hope to learn more about the other six, and I hope you spend the rest of your life in prison because I think you did it."
Naso, a retired photographer, has been charged with slaying Parsons, 38, and Tafoya, 31, during the early 1990s, and the 1970s slayings of Roxene Roggasch, 18, and Carmen Colon, 22. He has pleaded not guilty.