As a sex-starved young man in what should have been a peak of his virility, Ed Kemper was sexually and socially so uncertain of himself that he began to prey on hitchhiking coeds, not as a rapist, but as a murderer and necrophiliac.
“At first I picked up girls just to talk to them, just to try to get acquainted with people my own age and try to strike up a friendship,” he had told investigators. Then he began to have sex fantasies about the girls he picked up hitchhiking, but feared being caught and convicted as a rapist So, he said: “I decided to mix the two and have a situation of rape and murder and no witnesses and no prosecution.”
Kemper’s first two victims were 18-year-old Fresno State college coeds, Mary Anne Pesce and Anita Luchessa whom he stabbed to death May 7, 1972, after he picked them up in Berkeley.
Source: Front Page Detective Magazine, March 1974, interview by Marj von Beroldingen
I let more of my personality come out, and I was suicidal, huh, very disturbed. Grasping out at someone. I had abducted them and I wasn’t going to let them out of the car, because I was tired of people walking away from me. So, some of that was very true. But I manipulated that to allow them to help me to the point of resolving their behaviour until we got to a place where they could be killed. And I have… the biggest problem with that on a guilt basis because, obviously, that entailed unusual trust between the captor or the perpetrator and the victim of the crime.
– Ed Kemper about his state of mind during the Pesce and Luchessa murders.