Melanie Bernas (Left) Angelia Brosso (Right)
Phoenix, AZ—In 1992/1993 Melanie Bernas, 17 and Angela Brosso, 22 were savagely sliced up nearly a year apart in the same general vicinity.
In November, 1992 the Brosso girl went for a bicycle ride and never returned. Her live-in boyfriend reported her missing to police.
Brosso was soon found headless and her torso cut in half in a nearby park at 25th Avenue and Cactus. I saw raw video of the body captured by a TV news photographer and it was indeed hideous. That video was heavily edited before it hit the airwaves.
Brosso’s severed head was subsequently located in or next to a canal some two miles away. Brosso’s bicycle has never been recovered and no viable suspect has ever been located.
Nearly one year later in September of 1993 the Bernas girl’s severed head was found near the Arizona canal and the Black Canyon freeway. Nearby floating in the canal the rest of her cut up remains were recovered. Like the Brosso girl, Bernas was believed to be riding a bicycle that’s never been located.
Police believe that both young women were murdered by the same person. Police have a DNA material believed left by the killer but they’ve not found a suspect for a match yet.
These two crimes have left an impression on me for nearly 20 years. There is no statute of limitations for murder and this killer needs to be punished.
I can’t believe that this savage predator has not killed more young women. This killer is right out of a horror movie. We can only hope these two murders can be solved.