LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The death of Anneka di Lorenzo (photos below), and her final visit to a local Motel 6, is prompting confusion for investigators. Did Anneka di Lorenzo kill herself or was she the victim of a suicide? Local investigators still have no clues. They tell local news this week that the public might be able to help solve the mysterious death.
Actress Anneka di Lorenzo was found dead in January 2011. But since then, investigators have traced her final moments from Los Angeles, to a Carlsbad Motel, to a San Diego beach. Di Lorenzo was found on federal land, on a restricted section of beach at Camp Pendleton. So the Navy Criminal Investigative Service was initially dispatched to solve the case. But now, after nearly a year, the Navy is turning to the public to help solve the mystery.
Pictures of Anneka Di Lorenzo (aka Anneka Vasta or Marjorie Thoreson) first made news in the 1970s. In 1975, Penthouse published photos of Anneka Di Lorenzo as its Pet of the Year. For the next four years, Di Lorenzo pictures dominated paparazzi pages, during a longstanding relationship with publisher Bob Guccione.
In 1979, Guccione cast Anneka in his cult classic film Caligula. The two eventually split. She later had a daughter and became a nursing assistant. She lived in Los Angeles.
But in 1990, Anneka won a $4 million judgment against Bob Guccione. At the time, it was one of the largest workplace harassment judgments ever. The figure was based upon the court’s ruling that Guccione had allegedly conducted “slavery” of di Lorenzo. The court ruled that, because the publisher was worth upwards of $200 million, the judgment was justified.
Acting Justice Elliott Wilk ruled “After considering the nature of the offense and the enormous wealth of the defendants, it would be inappropriate to assess punitive damages that are not significant.” The judge added “Only a substantial award will have the effect of punishing the defendants and vindicating the rights of the community.”
The Court found that her “slavery was not a part of her job description” and that the defendant “forced her to safeguard her employment by sacrificing her body….In doing so she surrendered one of the most private and intimate aspects of her personal liberty.”
For reasons unknown, however, Anneka di Lorenzo left Los Angeles on January 2. She drove her Mazda to a Motel 6 near Carlsbad. She reportedly never entered her room. When investigators found her, she was dead on a beach with a broken neck and back.
Her car was found parked on I-5 alongside beach bluffs. Inside her car was found a bloody steak knife. Nearby, Anneka di Lorenzo was found dead on a restricted section of beach. Her body was covered with knife wounds to her chest and wrists. Investigators, however, ruled that those injuries would not have caused her death.
Investigators are asking the public with clues to contact the Naval Criminal Investigative Service field office, (760) 725-5150. Or, from a cellphone, text tips to 274637.
Anneka Di Lorenzo, Anneka Vastas