Documenting the Co-Ed Killer case

Category: Alice Liu (Page 2 of 2)

Two Coeds Missing

Two UCSC coeds described as “frequent hitchhikers” by Santa Cruz police are reported missing in two different cases.

The first is Alice Liu, 20, 431 Locust St. Her roommate, Julie Chang, reported the woman as missing since Monday. Miss Chang told police that the missing woman told her that she was about to hitchhike to campus Monday afternoon, and has not returned.

Miss Chang said that the coed has never stayed away from the residence all night before. Police have issued an all points bulletin for the coed. She is described as Chinese, wearing bell bottom blue jeans, a pullover sweater of an unknown color, a gray pea coat and brown desert boots. She is 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 111 pounds.

Police are also looking for Rosalind Thorpe, about 22, 220 Mott Ave. who was last seen Monday at 7 p.m. heading toward a lecture at UCSC. A friend of Miss Thorpe, Lynn Nakabayshi, told police that Miss Thorpe missed the bus to the campus and has been known to hitchhike if she misses the bus.

Miss Thorpe is 5 feet 6 inches and has a heavy build, according to police. She is white, has long light brown hair and was wearing black pants, a pea coat and pink and purple boots. She also wears glasses, police said.

Source: Two Coeds Missing, Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 8th, 1973

“I still have their spirits.”

Public defender Jim Jackson asked Kemper what the “real reason” was that he disposed of the girls’ bodies in the manner he did cutting them up and keeping parts of the bodies for a time.

Kemper hesitantly replied, “Because they were rotting and I was losing them.”

He explained, “when the girls died I kept them a certain length of time, but couldn’t keep them any longer.”

However, he declared, “I still have their spirits.”

Source: “Kemper explains why he murdered coeds”, Register-Pajaronian, November 1, 1973, by Marj von B

Depriving people of their lives

Ed Kemper in 1989

“That wouldn’t have happened… I realize that if I’d never done it, it wouldn’t have happened, but if… What my original intention was to make it very quick and neither one of them to be aware of what was happening and it was not to keep them from stopping the crime. It was to keep them from suffering. I had a real bad problem depriving people of their lives. It wasn’t, huh, the aspect of killing them. It was the aspect of possessing their bodies afterwards. So, it was almost after, in effect, evicting someone from their human body. And, I’m sorry it sounds so cold, but that’s about what it analogizes to.” 

ED kemper about the murders of Alice Liu and Rosalind Thorpe whom he both shot to death in his car

Source: 1989 closed-circuit interview for the FBI Academy

Kemper jury takes look at death car

Grim-faced jurors stare into trunk of Edmund Kemper’s car

Edmund Kemper’s car, in which six hitchhiking coeds were picked up and either stabbed, strangled or shot to death, was, in effect, “entered into evidence” today at his murder trial in Santa Cruz.

Just before the noon recess, Judge Harry F. Brauer, at the request of District Attorney Peter Chang, allowed Kemper jurors to leave the courtroom and examine the car, which was driven up and parked along the river levee walkway at the rear of the courthouse.

Kemper did not immediately join the group of persons from the trial, because he did not want to let his guard, sheriff deputy Bruce Colomy put handcuffs on him and a waist restraining chain before leaving the courthouse. Kemper has been allowed to appear in the courtroom, at Judge Brauer’s instruction, wearing only manacles around his ankles, with his hands left free. However, Colomy, as a security measure, insisted upon the additional restraint outside the courtroom, and Kemper finally relented.

As the jury was examining the car, Kemper, flanked by two guards, filed through the crowd of spectators.

Crowds of curious onlookers gathered on the courthouse steps in the morning sunshine as the young giant, dressed in his jail-provided orange jumpsuit, towered above the car in which he has admitted taking six human lives.

Earlier, expert witnesses for the prosecution had testified about the physical evidence found in the car, including a dried pool of human blood found in the back seat where one girl, Alice Liu, a UCSC coed, was shot to death and another, Mary Anne Pesce, a Fresno State coed was stabbed to death. Traces of blood were also found in the trunk where other coeds had been shot to death.

Source: Register-Pajaronian, October 26, 1973, by Marj Von B

Backseat of Kemper’s car

At first glance, the car looked generally clean inside and out. Investigation of Kemper’s car revealed blood stains in the back seat of the car and a dried puddle of blood underneath the back seat. A bullet was found embedded in the right-rear inside panel of the car. Kemper had murdered both Mary Anne Pesce and Alice Liu on the back seat.

Source: Register-Pajaronian, April 27, 1973, by Marj Von B

The Devil’s Slide

“I wanted to distract the heat from Santa Cruz… I knew the Bay Area well, because the job that I do entails intensive travel through those areas. Especially like with the disposal of Alice’s head and hands, I knew that this was an ideal place because the authorities would figure it was somebody that knew that particular area really well, and I knew that people at two o’clock in the morning would not be traveling the road at all. So they would think it would be at least somebody within five or ten miles of that area, and that’s what I wanted people to think. I arrived on the scene up in Eden Canyon Road about two A.M.”

Ed Kemper about disposing of alice liu’s remains

Ed Kemper drove to an area known as Devil’s Slide. He drove into Pacifica to see if cops were around-they were at a local diner-so he drove back to the cliff and threw the body parts off. 

The horror was underscored two weeks later, when a hiker near Devil’s Slide found the skulls of two young women. Tests showed they were Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Liu’s heads. 

Devil’s Slide is a name given to a steep, rocky coastal promontory located about midway between Montara and the Linda Mar District of Pacifica. The terrain is characterized by steep, eroded slopes with natural gradients ranging between 30 and 50%.  http://www.devilsslidecoast.org/history/

Drawings by David Jouvent for his upcoming graphic novel about Ed Kemper / Some photos by Christopher Michel 

“That’s one thing that amazes me about society…

 …That is, that you can do damn near anything and nobody’s gonna say anything or notice.” – Edmund Kemper

Kemper explained that this was early afternoon and that he could hear signs of a party going on upstairs. He simply carried the mutilated corpse (of Alice Liu), wrapped casually in a blanket, weighing almost nothing and feeling like a mannequin. “I just wandered right out there with her and put her in the trunk right under the window.”

Excerpt from The Co-ed Killer by Margaret Cheney.

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