Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Case of the Double Initial Murders

Fighting the Government



For every nefarious action in Naso's life, though, he demonstrated that he could be fiercely protective. For years, he had struggled to take care of his son, but this relationship was complicated by his son's illness. In 1996 Naso himself had to get a restraining order because of his son's violent tendencies brought on by schizophrenia. Later, he dropped the order and became the legal guardian of Charles. Naso had a long running feud over the guardianship of Charles with Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services. The state argued that Charles should be living in a group home, and they alleged that the elder Naso gave his son alcohol and wasn't giving him his meds on time.

The fight over guardianship also led to a feud with the Social Security Administration when his son was placed under the jurisdiction of the state. He argued on keeping his son under his watch: The Associated Press reported that he wrote: "I've no social life. I do not indulge myself or seek pleasures. My mission in life, my time, and much of my expense revolves around trying to provide care and welfare for my son. (24/7)."

The San Jose Mercury News reported that in 2005 Naso countersued the Social Security Administration, alleging that they had defamed and slandered him by implying that he had drugged and given alcohol to his mentally ill son. He lost that case when it was thrown out, but while he didn't have the money from Social Security, he still had custody of his son, who was living with him when he was captured.

The AP report noted that a woman who had attended several group sessions with Naso in Yuba City said that Naso cared for his son very much. Roberta Fletcher, the president of the Yuba City chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill said: "He was very, very concerned about his son; that's what so strange about this."

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