Memorial services will be held at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in
Camarillo Saturday for Mary Anne Pesce, 19, who died sometime this summer in
the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The services will be at 3 p.m. The church is located on Las Posas Road.
The Rev. Alfred Smith and Msgr. John Hughes will officiate.
Miss Pesce was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Pesce of Buellton.
Mr. Pesce is vice-president of Ventura International Inc., and was responsible
for the design and construction, and is now manager of Flying Flags Camper Park
Miss Pesce, a student at San Francisco State, disappeared May 7 with a friend,
Anita Luchessa, while the two were hitchhiking from the university to Menlo
Park. Remains of her body were found last month in a remote area of the Santa
Cruz Mountains by a hunter. Miss Luchessa has never been found.
She is survived by her parents; by two brothers, Vincent and Mark, and
two sisters, Laurie and Barbara.
The family has asked that donations in her memory be made to the American
Association of University Women, or Rio Mesa High School Scholarship Funds.
Source: Santa Ynez Valley News, October 5, 1972
Source: The San Francisco Examiner, May 15, 1972
This mugshot was taken at the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville on June 5, 1995. It was uncovered in 2018 as it was part of a series of items Kemper had given in the early 1990s to a former CMF inmate whom he befriended.
Kemper, who arrived at the courthouse with two guards this morning
greeted the barrage of cameramen with a smile but his demeanor became more
subdued as he sat in the courtroom when the parents of the murdered girls began
to take the stand. He did not look at either of the fathers as they testified.
Gabriel Pesce of Camarillo was the first to testify. A man of medium
height but solidly built, Pesce was the picture of controlled agony as he stood
before the court clerk to be sworn in. He was asked by [DA Peter] Chang, “Did
you have a daughter named Mary Anne Pesce?”
“Yes, I did,” said Pesce, and his eyes turned fastened on the giant young
defender seated at the counsel table. Under questioning from Chang, Pesce said
his daughter, though she weighed only about 100 pounds and was about five feet
tall, had been an expert skier and aspired to try out for the Olympics. He said
she was a good student and had been a trophy winner on her high school debating
He told of his efforts to file a missing persons’ report after her
disappearance saying that in one instance, police told him, “There’s nothing to
worry about. Just wait.”
Prior to the hearing this morning, Pesce told a reporter that he
intended to listen to the testimony in the case because he thought it might
help to “finalize” the loss of his daughter. He and his wife remained seated in
the spectators’ section after he left the witness stand.
Source: Register-Pajaronian, October 23, 1973, by Marj von B
“I stabbed her, but she didn’t fall dead. They’re supposed to fall dead, they’re supposed to go “oh” and fall dead, I’d seen it in the movies, right? It doesn’t work that way. When you stab someone they leak to death.”Ed Kemper explaining how he killed mary ANne Pesce, his first coed victim
Source: 1991 Interview with Stéphane Bourgoin