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Vanessa Prosser
Vanessa in 1992
Vanessa Prosser
Portrayed by Laura Allen
Episode Late Returns
Status Deceased (1992)

Vanessa Prosser was the victim in "Late Returns". She was a beautiful, lively, strong-willed, and smart 20-year-old woman who worked for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign against George Bush in 1992. Vanessa seemed like she had the perfect life: a very loving family with her parents, lots of friends, and the looks and personality that others, specifically other females, would die for.

However, she had some troubles: her ex-boyfriend/fiancé Aaron Dutra, who had been stalking Vanessa around the time of her death in retaliation for their breakup; conflict in her new relationship with David Lake, the handsome campaign coordinator; and her best friend Beth Reardon’s secret love for her, though this wasn’t a huge problem as the others.

Vanessa would be accidentally killed by David when he pushed her down a flight of stairs while she was confronting him over his bizarre resistance in their romance. It turns out David harbored a dark secret of being sexually abused and controlled by his sister Abbey Lake, and he killed Vanessa when she unintentionally triggered him during their fight. Since her death, he had been very remorseful for killing the woman he deeply loved.

Vanessa was also unaware of the secrets in her family, specifically that her biological father was Darren Kleeman, who would be killed himself in 2004 when he tried to solve her murder. In the epilogue, Lilly Rush imagines seeing a very disappointed Vanessa.

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