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THE ALPHABET MURDERS

  • Rochester, New York
  • 1971-1973
  • VICTIMS: 3
  • Carmen Colon (10)
  • Wanda Walkowicz (11)
  • Michelle Maenza (11)
  • SUSPECTS: 100+
  • Kenneth Bianchi

UNSOLVED MURDERS

In the early 1970s, three young girls were found after being raped and strangled to death. This series of murders earned the name The Alphabet Murders when authorities pieced together that the girls’ first and last names began with the same letter of the town that their respective bodies were found in. Hundreds of suspects were questioned, including Kenneth Bianchi who later moved to Los Angeles and committed the Hillside Strangler Murders of 1977 and 1978.
In the late 1970s, a series of slayings known as the California Alphabet Murders took four victims. All victims had alliterative initials just like the Alphabet Murders in New York. In 2013, Joseph Naso, a New York native, was charged and sentenced to death for the California Alphabet murders. The New York Alphabet Murders remain unsolved.

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