The True Story of the Double Initial Murders – August 13, 2010
by Cheri Farnsworth
Between 1971 and 1973, three young girls, ages ten to eleven, were found sexually assaulted and slain near Rochester, New York. The girls all had double initials for their first and last names and were found dead in suburbs with names in which the first letter coordinated with the girls’ initials. Two prime suspects later committed suicide. A third suspect, Kenneth Bianchi, went to California where he went on to become one of the infamous Hillside Stranglers, but to this day he insists he had nothing to do with the so-called Double Initial, or Alphabet, murders. The crimes remain unsolved, but interest in the case was re-energized with the release of a fictionalized motion picture loosely based on the murders. This factual account, the first book fully devoted to the case, explores the crime and the ongoing investigation.
The Double Initial Murders of Rochester, NY, have always been newsworthy; but when Joseph Naso was caught in 2011 for a similar string of murders in California, a renewed push for inside information swiftly developed, reaching fever pitch. You can sense the urgency in the following requests. Below is a sampling of the emails I received from various news media, starting within a day or two of the story breaking.