The so-called "Alphabet murders" (also known as the "double initial murders") took place in the early 1970s in the Rochester, [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York"]New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] area; three young girls were attacked sexually and strangled. The case got its name from the fact that each of the three girls' first and last names started with the same letters (Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowicz, and Michelle Maenza) and that the bodies were found in towns that started with the same letter as the girls' names (Colon in Churchville, Walkowicz in Webster and Maenza in Macedon).
While hundreds of people were questioned, the killer was never caught. One man, considered to be a "person of interest" in the case (he committed suicide six weeks after the last of the killings) was cleared in 2007 by DNA testing. In the case of Carmen Colon, her uncle was also considered a suspect until his suicide in 1991.
- Carmen Colon, 11, disappeared November 16, 1971. She was found two days later in Churchville, 12 miles from where she was last seen.
- Wanda Walkowicz, 11, disappeared April 2, 1973. She was found the next day at a rest area off State Route 104, seven miles from Rochester.
- Michelle Maenza, 10, disappeared November 26, 1973. She was found two days later in Macedon, 15 miles from Rochester.
Another suspect was [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Bianchi[/ame], a Rochester native who later moved to Los Angeles, and with his cousin [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Buono"]Angelo Buono, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] committed the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillside_Strangler"]Hillside Strangler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] murders between 1977 and 1978. Bianchi was never charged with the Alphabet murders, but many view him as one of the more viable suspects.
In 2001, the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Channel"]Discovery Channel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] aired a program revisiting the murders, and a [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alphabet_Killer"]The Alphabet Killer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] based on the murders is scheduled for release in 2008.
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet_murders"]Alphabet murders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]