After a procedural hiccup involving the brother of a murder victim, the prosecution launched its closing argument against accused serial killer Joseph Naso on Wednesday by using his own words against him.
Deputy District Attorney Rosemary Slote showed the Marin County jury pages from Naso's journal, an alleged diary of rape and sexual assault that dates to the 1950s.
In entry after entry, Naso scrawled accounts of how he would stalk and approach a woman, offer her a ride home and then "put it to her," often in his car. The sites of the alleged attacks included Cleveland; Kansas City; Buffalo; Rochester, N.Y.; Wichita, Kan.; Berkeley; even London.
"Outside the front door I overpowered her and ravaged her," a London entry says. "I couldn't help myself."
Slote argued that the diary shows Naso's methods, language and mentality as he escalated to the crimes for which he is now on trial: the murders of four prostitutes who were later dumped in Marin, Contra Costa and Yuba counties.
Naso, a 79-year-old retiree who is representing himself, is scheduled to make his closing argument on Friday.
Naso, a former freelance photographer, is charged with the murders of Roxene Roggasch, 18, who was dumped west of Fairfax in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, who was found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, who was found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, who was found in Yuba County in 1994.
The homicide investigations stalled until 2010, when a routine probation check at Naso's home in Reno revealed an extensive collection of photographs of dead or unconscious women in various states of undress, incriminating writings and sadistic magazines, investigators said.
The search also turned up what authorities describe as a "list of 10" -- a roster, in Naso's handwriting, of 10 unnamed "girls" with geographic locations. Prosecutors allege the list refers to 10 women Naso killed and the areas where he dumped their bodies
Authorities are still investigating whether Naso can be charged with more murders.
The prosecution's closing argument was scheduled to start Wednesday morning, but it got delayed while Judge Andrew Sweet investigated an unexpected development.
The previous afternoon, it emerged that Roxene Roggasch's brother Larry, who is living out of his truck while attending the trial, wrote "Joseph Naso killed my sister" on his windows and parked in the jury lot outside the Civic Center.
The writing also included a request for money so he could get a hotel room while waiting for the end of the trial.
When Naso learned of this Tuesday afternoon, he asked the judge to see whether Roggasch had been improperly contacting jurors, which could result in juror dismissals or even a mistrial.
District attorney's Inspector Michael McBride and Naso's private detective, Everson Thompson, both investigated the matter and concluded there had been no improper contact. The jury had Monday and Tuesday off and would not have seen Roggasch's truck.
Naso withdrew the motion and closing arguments began.
Roggasch, in an interview, said he never talked to jurors and has since removed the writing from his truck.
"I've got every right to be here," said Roggasch, who grew up with his sister in San Jose. "I've got more right than anyone to be here, except for Naso."