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Parole listening to this month for killer of OU pupil, escort Tina Biggar | Information

A public probation hearing is due to take place this month for a man convicted of the murder of an Oakland University student whom he met through an escort service in 1995.

Kenneth Tranchida, 67, was a 41-year-old drifter when he killed Tina Biggar, 23, of Farmington Hills, whose body was found in Southfield about a month after her disappearance on August 23, 1995. She also worked for the escort service Biggar, a psychology student who had examined prostitutes and AIDS for a class project at the OU.

Court records show Tranchida admitted killing Biggar and stated that she had financial problems. He decided to “get her out of her misery and end it for her”. Biggar died of blows to the head and neck.

Kenneth Tranchida

Kenneth Tranchida, picture 2018.

Tranchida pleaded guilty to having committed second degree murder and being a habitual offender. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996. A few years later, he tried to withdraw his plea, which was rejected by the state appeals court.

The Tranchida probation hearing will take place on May 18 at 11 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Please visit for more information. Anyone interested must telephone to confirm their participation by May 14th 517-335-1736.

Tranchida is housed in the Muskegon Correctional Facility.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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