Anita Mary Luchessa

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Above Images: Luchessa, circa 1972

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 7, 1972 from Berkeley, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 29, 1953
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height: 5'1
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Luchessa wears gold-rimmed eyeglasses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red shirt and white bib overalls.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Luchessa disappeared with her friend, Mary Anne Pesce, from Berkeley, California on May 7, 1972. The two young women, both students at Fresno State University, were hitchhiking when they were picked up by serial killer Edmund Emil "Ed" Kemper III. Photos of Pesce and Kemper are posted below this case summary. Kemper drove Luchessa and Pesce to a secluded wooded area near Alameda, California, where he stabbed and strangled both of them to death. He later dismembered their corpses in his apartment and dumped them near Loma Prieta Mountain. They were his third and fourth victims; his grandparents were his first. Kemper would ultimately murder three more female college students, a fifteen-year-old girl, his mother and his mother's friend before turning himself in to police. He was convicted of eight counts of murder and sentenced to eight consecutive terms of life in prison, and remains incarcerated.

    Pesce's skull was found in a wooded area on Loma Prieta Mountain in August 1972, but no trace of Luchessa has been located.

    Pesce Kemper
    Left: Mary Pesce;
    Right: Ed Kemper, circa 1973

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Santa Cruz Sheriff's Department

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    Source Information
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel
    Find a Grave

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 1, 2017; casefile added.

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