Edmund Emil Kemper III is a serial killer who murdered ten people between 1964 and 1973. Notorious for primarily picking up women who hitchhiked, the physically imposing figure was called the “Co-ed Killer.” Eventually, Ed readily confessed to the murders and was convicted of them.
Investigation Discovery’s ‘ The Co-Ed Killer: Mind of a Monster’ is a three-part docuseries that edmund kemper at Ed’s interviews with psychiatrist Donald Lunde. It charts Ed’s crimes and his childhood. So, let’s find out more about him then, shall we? What Happened to Ed Kemper?
Ed was born in December 1948 to Edmund Jr and Clarnell Kemper. He had a contentious relationship with his mother, who was domineering and an alcoholic. After Clarnell divorced Edmund Edmund kemper, she moved to Montana with Ed and his two sisters, raising them as a single mother. When he was around ten years old, she made him live in the basement because she feared Ed would hurt his sisters. As a child, Ed also killed their family cat.
When Ed was around 14 years old, he ran away from home to reconnect with his father in California. In December 1963, Ed’s father took him to stay with his grandparents in North Carolina. Soon after, he committed his first murders.
In August 1964, Ed shot and stabbed his grandmother. When his grandfather returned from picking up groceries, Ed shot him as well. After his arrest, Ed was sent to a psychiatric facility, where he remained until December 1969. Going against the doctor’s recommendation, Ed was released into the custody of his mother, who was living in Santa Cruz, California, and working at a university there.
Then, starting in May 1972, Ed killed eight people. His first two victims during the time were 18-year-old students Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa. The young girls were hitchhiking and were picked up by Ed.
He took them to a wooded area in Alameda, California, strangling and stabbing them to death. Ed took the bodies back to his apartment, clicked photographs, and engaged in necrophilia before dismembering them. He then disposed of the bodies in the mountains in Santa Cruz. While Mary’s skull was found later that year, Anita’s body and the rest of Mary’s remains were never found.
Ed followed a similar pattern with 15-year-old Edmund kemper Koo, whom he picked up in September 1972. Ed’s next victim was 18-year-old Cynthia Schall, picking her up in January 1973. This time, he drove her to a secluded area and shot her with a .22 caliber pistol.
Then, Ed took her body to his mother’s apartment, decapitated her, and engaged in irrumatio with her head. Similarly, in February edmund kemper, Ed picked up Rosalind Edmund kemper and Allison Liu, shot, and then beheaded them. Ed’s penultimate victim was his mother, 52-year-old Clarnell. In April 1973, he bludgeoned her head with a clawhammer and then cut her throat with a knife. After decapitating Clarnell’s head, Ed engaged in irrumatio with it. He later cut her tongue and larynx out.
Later, Ed called his mother’s friend, 59-year-old Sara Hallett, over for dinner and a movie. He strangled Sara to death upon her arrival and put her body in a closet. Right after that, Ed set out on the long drive to Pueblo, Colorado, which he covered without stopping.
Where is Ed Kemper Now? After reaching Pueblo, Ed edmund kemper the police and confessed to killing Clarnell and Sara. The police didn’t believe him initially, so he had to call back and talk to another officer he knew from before. After his arrest, he confessed to the other murders as well. Court-appointed psychiatrists deemed him legally sane and responsible for the murders.
In November 1973, Ed was found guilty of all eight murders and received seven years to life for each, to be served concurrently. Ed’s parole has been denied multiple times, with him adding, “I think I could handle a parole … but I believe wholeheartedly that society is not ready in any shape or form for me.
I can’t fault them for that.” Now about 72 years old, Ed remains incarcerated at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Solano County. Ed is considered to have a high intellect and has remained a model prisoner. Read More: Where Edmund kemper Ed Kemper’s Siblings Now? Serial killer Edmund Kemper killed six young women in the Santa Cruz, California, area and several members of his family. Who Is Edmund Kemper? Edmund Kemper, at age 15, killed both his grandparents to "see what it felt like." Upon release, he drifted, picking up and releasing female hitchhikers.
But he soon stopped letting them go, killing six young women in the Santa Cruz, California, area in the 1970s. In 1973 he killed his mother and her friend before turning himself in. Early Life Kemper was born on December 18, 1948, in Burbank, California, the middle child of E.
E. and Clarnell Kemper. After his parents’ divorce in 1957, he moved with his mother and two sisters to Montana. Kemper had a difficult relationship with his alcoholic mother, as she was very critical of him, and he blamed her for all of his problems. When he was 10 years old, she forced him to live in the basement, away from his sisters, whom she feared he might harm in some way.
Signs of trouble began to emerge early. Edmund kemper had a dark fantasy life, sometimes dreaming about killing his mother. He cut off the heads of his sisters' dolls and even coerced the girls into playing a game he called "gas chamber," in which he had them blindfold him and lead him to a chair, where he pretended to writhe in agony until he "died." His first victims were the family cats.
At ten he, buried one of them alive and the second, 13 year-old Kemper slaughtered with a knife. He went to live with his father for a time, but ended up back with his mother, who decided to send the troubled teenager to live with his paternal grandparents in North Fork, California. Grandparents' Murder Edmund kemper hated living on his grandparents' farm. Before going to North Fork, he had already begun learning about firearms, but his grandparents took away his rifle after he killed several birds and other small animals.
On August 27, 1964, Kemper finally turned his building rage on his grandparents. The 15-year-old shot his grandmother in the kitchen after an argument, and when his grandfather returned home, Kemper went outside and shot him by his car and then hid the body. Afterward, he called his mother, who told him to call the police and tell them what happened. Later, Kemper would say that he shot his grandmother "to see what it felt like." He added that he had killed his grandfather so that the man wouldn't have to find out that his wife had been murdered.
For his crimes, Kemper was handed over to the California Youth Authority. He underwent a variety of tests, which determined that he had a very high IQ, but also suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
Kemper was eventually sent to Atascadero State Hospital, a maximum-security facility for mentally ill convicts. Edmund Kemper's mugshot Photo: Getty Images Release In 1969, Kemper was released at the age of 21. Despite his prison doctors' recommendation that he does not live with his mother, because of her past abuse and his psychological issues involving her, he rejoined her in Santa Cruz, California, where she had moved after ending her third marriage to take a job with the University of California.
While there, Kemper attended community college for a time and worked a variety of jobs, eventually finding employment with the Department of Transportation in 1971.
Kemper had applied to become a state trooper, but he was rejected because of his size — he weighed around 300 pounds and was 6 feet 9 inches tall, which led to his nickname “Big Ed.” However, he did hang around some of the Santa Cruz police officers. One gave him a training-school badge and handcuffs, while another let him borrow a gun, according to Whoever Fights Monsters by Robert K.
Ressler and Tom Shachtman. Kemper even had a car that resembled a police cruiser. The same year he began working for the highway department, Kemper was hit by a car while out on his motorcycle. His arm was badly injured, and he received a $15,000 settlement in the civil suit he filed against the car’s driver. Unable to work, Kemper turned his mind toward other pursuits. He noticed a large number of young women hitchhiking in the area.
In the new car he bought with some of his settlement money, Kemper began storing the tools he thought he might need to fulfill his murderous desires, including a gun, a knife and handcuffs. (1918–1976) 'The Co-ed Killer' At first, Kemper picked up female hitchhikers and let them go.
However, when he offered a ride to two Fresno State students — Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa — they edmund kemper never make it to their destination.
Their families reported them missing soon thereafter, but nothing would be known of their fates until August 15, when a female head was discovered in the woods near Santa Cruz and was later identified as Pesce’s. Luchessa’s remains, however, were never found. Kemper would later explain that he stabbed and strangled Pesce before stabbing Luchessa as well.
After the murders, he brought the bodies back to his apartment and removed their heads and hands. Kemper also reportedly engaged in sexual activity with their corpses. Later that year, on September 14, 1972, Kemper picked up 15-year-old Aiko Koo, who had decided to hitchhike rather than wait for the bus to take her to a dance class.
She would meet the same fate as Pesce and Luchessa. In January 1973, Kemper continued to act on his murderous impulses, picking up hitchhiker Cindy Schall, whom he shot and killed. While his mother was edmund kemper, Kemper went to her home and hid Schall’s body in his room. He dismembered her corpse there the following day and threw the parts into the ocean.
Several parts were later discovered when they washed up onshore. He buried her head in his mother's backyard. On February 5, 1973, Kemper used a campus parking sticker his mother had given him to facilitate a double-murder.
He drove to the university, where he offered a ride to two students, Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Liu. Shortly after picking them up, he shot the two young women then drove past the campus security at the gates with the two mortally wounded women in his car.
After the murders, Kemper decapitated his two victims and further dismembered the bodies, removed the bullets from their heads and disposed of their parts in different locations. In March, some of Thorpe’s and Liu’s remains were discovered by hikers near Highway 1 in San Mateo County.
At the time of Kemper's murders, two other serial killers, John Linley Frazier and Herbert Mullins were also perpetuating their own crimes in the area, resulting in Santa Cruz edmund kemper the ignominious nickname the “Murder Capital of the World” in the press. For Kemper's part, he was dubbed the “Co-ed Killer” and the “Co-ed Butcher.” Mother's Murder In April 1973, Kemper committed what would be his last two murders.
On Good Friday, he went to his mother’s home, where the two had an unpleasant exchange. Kemper attacked his mother after she went to sleep, first striking her in the head with a hammer, and then cutting her throat with a knife. As he had with his other victims, he then decapitated her and cut off her hands, but then also removed her larynx and put it down the garbage disposal.
After hiding his mother's body parts, Kemper called his mother’s, friend Sally Hallett and invited her over to the house. Kemper strangled Hallett shortly after she arrived and hid her body in a closet. Kemper fled the area the next day, driving east until he reached Pueblo, Colorado, where on April 23 he made a call to the Santa Cruz police to confess his crimes.
At first, they did not believe that the guy they knew as “Big Ed” was a killer. But during subsequent interrogations, he would lead them to all the evidence they needed to prove that he was in fact the infamous "Co-ed Killer." Trial and Imprisonment Charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, Kemper went on trial for his crimes in October 1973.
He was found guilty of all of the charges in early November. When asked by the judge what he thought his punishment should be, Kemper said that he should be tortured to death. He instead received eight concurrent life sentences. At present, Kemper is serving his time at California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Fact Check We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!
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Thank you very much in advance. A.K.A.: "The Co-ed Killer" Classification: Serial killer Characteristics: Necrophilia - Cannibalism - Dismemberment Number of victims: 10 Date of murders: 1964 / 1972 - 1973 Date of arrest: April 24, 1973 (surrenders) Date of birth: December 18, 1948 Victims profile: His grandparents / Six female hitchhikers / His mother and one of her friends Method of murder: Shooting - Hitting with a hammer Location: California, USA Status: Sentenced to life in prison on November 1973 photo gallery victims Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948), also known as The Co-ed Killer, is an American serial killer who was active in the early 1970s.
He started his criminal life as a teenager by shooting both his grandparents while staying on their 17-acre ranch in North Fork, California, a crime for which he was incarcerated.
Kemper later killed and dismembered six female hitchhikers in the Santa Cruz, California, area. He then murdered his mother and one of her friends before turning edmund kemper in to the authorities.
Early life Kemper was born in Burbank, California, to Clarnell Stage and Edmund Emil Kemper Jr. He was very intelligent with an IQ of 136, however, he displayed sociopathic behavior from a young age: he tortured and killed animals, acted out bizarre sexual rituals with his sisters' dolls and once said that, in order to kiss a teacher he had a crush on, he would have to kill her.
Worsening the situation was Kemper's mother, who constantly berated and humiliated her son and often made him sleep in a locked basement due to a fear that he would molest his sisters.
Kemper's mother Clarnell apparently suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder which resulted in her rages and abuse against her son. On August 27, 1964, Kemper shot his grandmother while she sat at the kitchen table putting the finishing touches on her latest children's book. When his grandfather came home from grocery shopping, Kemper shot him as well. Then he called his mother, who urged him to call the police. When questioned, he said that he "just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma", and that he killed his grandfather because he knew he would be angry at him for what he had done to his grandmother.
Kemper was just 15 at the time. Kemper was committed to Atascadero State Hospital where he befriended his psychologist and even edmund kemper his assistant. He was intelligent enough to gain the trust of the doctor to the extent of being allowed access to prisoners' tests. With the knowledge he gained from his "apprenticeship" he eventually was able to impress his doctor at the hospital enough to let him go.
He was released into his mother's care in Santa Cruz, California, against the wishes of several doctors at the hospital. Kemper later demonstrated further to the psychologists that he was well—and not only managed to convince the doctors he was reformed, but to have his juvenile records sealed forever as well.
Murder campaign Kemper worked a series of odd jobs before securing work with the State of California's Department of Public Works/Division edmund kemper Highways in District 4 (now known as Department of Transportation or Caltrans). By that time, his height had reached 6 feet, 9 inches, and he weighed more than 300 pounds (136 kg).
Between May 1972 and February 1973, Kemper embarked on a spree of murders, picking up female students hitchhiking, taking them to isolated rural areas and killing them.
He would stab, shoot or smother the victims and afterwards take the bodies back to his apartment where he would have sex with them and then dissect them. He would often dump edmund kemper bodies in ravines or bury them in fields, although on one occasion he buried the severed head of a 15-year-old girl in his mother's garden as a kind of sick joke, later remarking that his mother "always wanted people to look up to her." He killed six college girls (including two students from UC Santa Cruz, where his mother worked, and one from Cabrillo College).
He would often go hunting for victims after arguing with his mother. In April 1973, Kemper battered his mother to death with a pick hammer while she slept. He decapitated her, raped her headless body and used her head as a dartboard, after putting her vocal cords in the garbage disposal, but the machine could not break the tough tissue down edmund kemper regurgitated it back into the sink.
"That seemed appropriate," Ed said after his arrest, "as much as she'd bitched and screamed and yelled at me over so many years." His murderous urges not yet satiated, he then invited his mother's best friend over and killed her too, by strangulation. He then drove eastward, but when no word of his crimes hit the radio airwaves he became discouraged, stopped the car, called the police and confessed to being the Co-ed Killer.
He told them what he had done and waited for them to pick him up, seemingly unashamed as he confessed to necrophilia and cannibalism. At his trial he pleaded insanity, but he was found guilty of eight counts of murder. He asked for the death penalty, but with capital punishment suspended at that time, he instead received life imprisonment. At the time of Kemper's murder spree in Santa Cruz, another serial killer named Herbert Mullin was also active, earning the small California town the title of "Murder Capital Of The World." And, adding to the college town's infamy was the fact that these multiple murders were preceded three years earlier by multiple murders committed by John Linley Frazier.
In a manner similar to the Charles Manson murders, Frazier murdered a Santa Cruz family of five, eye surgeon Victor Ohta and family. A reference was made to this in the film "The Lost Boys", which was shot in Santa Cruz, but called Santa Carla, where they repeatedly call the town the "Murder Capital of the World." Kemper and Mullin were briefly held in adjoining cells, with the former angrily accusing the latter of stealing his body-dumping sites.
Edmund Kemper remains among the general prison population and is incarcerated at Vacaville State Prison. Victims of Ed Kemper • Maude Kemper August 27, 1964 • Ed Emil Kemper August 27, 1964 • Mary Anne Pisce May 5, 1972 • Anita Luchese May 5, 1972 • Aiko Koo September 14, 1972 • Cindy Schall January 8, 1973 • Rosalind Thorpe February 5, 1973 • Alice Lui February 5, 1973 • Clarnell Strandberg April 21, 1973 • Sally Hallett April 21, 1973 Popular culture • The Berzerker's song "Forever" from the self titled album contains samples from Ed Kemper's testament, including "As I'm sitting there with a severed head in my hand, talking to it, or looking at it, and I'm about to go crazy, literally I'm about to go completely.
Flywheel loose and just fall apart". It also contains samples such as "At the age of 24, he murdered his mother, then called police and confessed to having dismembered college co-eds for two years, as well as cannibalizing and raping their headless bodies" and "put her vocal cords in a garbage disposal, then threw darts at her severed head".
These are all references to Kemper's murders • Church of Misery's song "Killfornia" contains a long testament by Kemper, also featuring edmund kemper line "As I'm sitting there with a severed head in edmund kemper hand." • Optimum Wound Profile also use long segments of Kemper's testimony on the song "Crave", once more including the "severed head" line.
• American death-grind metal band Macabre wrote a song about Edmund Kemper on their 1993 album Sinister Slaughter entitled "Edmund Kemper Had a Horrible Temper." • He was once quoted in an interview: "What do you think, now, when you see a pretty girl walking down the street?" and answering himself: "One side of me says, 'Wow, what an attractive chick.
I'd like to talk to her, date her.' The other side of me says, 'I wonder how her head would look on a stick.'" In Bret Easton Ellis' book American Psycho, main character Patrick Bateman, himself a serial killer, paraphrases this quote when asked about women, although he mistakenly attributes it to Ed Gein. • Author Thomas Harris based the character of Buffalo Bill in his book The Silence of the Lambs in part upon Kemper.
In the book, Buffalo Bill was a serial killer who, like Kemper, had begun his "career" by impulsively killing his grandparents as a teenager. • The Ed Kemper Trio took their name from the killer. The band formed in the late nineties in Montgomery, Alabama, releasing three albums on Pinebox Records.
• System of a Down's song "Forever" (aka "Fortress" or "Outer Space") from the leaked album "Toxicity II" contains lyrics referencing Kemper including "Edmund Kemper solved it all, He fooled the shrinks." The song was later dropped from the released "Steal This Album!" • Pioneering industrial act Throbbing Gristle's song "Urge to Kill", performed only once at a 1978 concert, details Kemper's crimes.
• Dr Octagon - The Instrumentalyst album has Kemper interview excerpts in the song "I'm Destructive." • The Discovery Times show Most Evil featured Edmund Kemper in their episode on "Masterminds". • The intro of the song "The Glorious Dead", by Dutch death metal group Gorefest, features Edmund Kemper speaking "I am an human being and I kill human beings, and I did it in my society". • Kemper is described as an "exotic" serial killer compared to Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer in the novel Black House, by Stephen King and Peter Straub.
• SuicideGirls model Kemper took her name from the serial killer. • The 2003 movie Cradle of Fear features a convicted serial killer named Kemper. Books • Cheney, Margaret, Why: Edmund kemper Serial Killer in America. R& E Publishers:Saratoga, CA (1992). (Reprinting of the author's The Co-Ed Killer. Walker and Company:New York, NY (1976). ISBN 0-8027-0514-6.) • Damio, Ward, Urge to Kill. Pinnacle Books:New York, NY (1974). ISBN 0-523-00380-3. (Discusses Kemper plus two contemporary Santa Cruz killers: John Linley Frazer and Herbert W.
Mullin) • Leyton, Elliott, Hunting Humans: The Rise Of The Modern Multiple Murderer. McClelland & Stewart (2005). ISBN 0-7710-5025-9. (Full chapter on Kemper) • Ressler, Robert K., Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for The FBI. (approx. 20 pages on Kemper). • West, Don, Sacrifice Unto Me. Pinnacle Books:New York, NY (1974). ISBN 0-515-03335-9. (Story of Kemper and Herbert W. Mullin) • Douglas, John, Mind Hunter. Pocket Books:New York, NY (1995).
ISBN 0-671-52890-4. • Lawson, Christine Ann (2002). Understanding the Borderline Mother -- Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Edmund kemper. Jason Aronson, 129-131,136,139,141,144,278. ISBN 0765703319. Wikipedia.org EDMUND KEMPER III by Marlee MacLeod Meet Edmund When you're 6'9'', it's hard to keep a low profile, and to this rather obvious fact, we may owe much of our insight into the mind of the serial killer. It must have occurred to Edmund Kemper, as he drove frantically eastward from the scene of his last two murders that the jig was most definitely up.
His six previous murders had been so carefully planned and carried out. He had picked up young female hitchhikers, women with whom he'd had no previous contact, and after he'd killed them, he took great care to conceal their identities and eliminate evidence.But now, he had committed a murder, the circumstances of which would point straight to him-he had killed his mother in her own home.
It would only be a matter of time until her body and that of her friend, whom he'd also dispatched, were discovered. Police would soon begin searching for Edmund, and, with his unmistakable appearance, he must have known there was really nowhere for him to hide.
So, exhausted and anxious, Edmund placed a call from a phone booth in Pueblo, Colorado to the police in Santa Cruz, California.
And he spilled his guts, so to speak. Still, the scope and detail of his confession can't be completely attributed to his appearance. If he'd wanted, he probably could've confessed only to his last two murders, keeping mum about the six hitchhikers. There was no direct evidence as of yet connecting him with any of those killings. He'd been careful, and because two other serial killers were operating in the Santa Cruz area at roughly the same time, police were confused as to who was killing whom.
But Edmund had had a lot on his mind for a long time and was ready to be rid of all of it. Also, the size of his ego rivaled the size of his body, and once he was the center of police attention, he must have enjoyed the spotlight. He told them details that only he knew, that he expected they'd never be able to uncover on their own.
He felt important and intelligent. He was relieved to be speaking openly of what he'd kept hidden for so long. And the police, recognizing all this, listened closely. Edmund talked and talked and talked, and when interrogators thought he couldn't possibly give them anything else, he talked some more. Because he did talk, we know a lot about what motivates such a killer, what peculiar thoughts and fantasies occupy such a mind.
Childhood Edmund Emil Kemper III's childhood parallels that of many serial killers-his parents, Clarnell and E.E. Kemper, Jr., had a stormy marriage and separated when Edmund was nine. They divorced four years later, and he pined for his absent father through a succession of stepfathers. In their new home of Helena, Montana his domineering mother and sisters belittled him, and as he grew older they banished him to the basement because they considered his sharing a room with his sister unseemly.
His ever-increasing size was disconcerting, even when he was a pre-teen, and Clarnell constantly reminded him of this. Not that his parents didn't try-indeed, both Edmund's parents were much more engaged in his upbringing and wellbeing than many parents were.
But Edmund was difficult. He was unduly afraid of being physically edmund kemper by other boys and unable to sustain friendships with his peers.
He was unable to put the pain of his parents' divorce behind him. He tortured and killed animals, and he entertained fantasies, which combined sex and violence from an early age. His mother found him dour and unmanageable, and he was sent to Los Angeles, at his own request, to live with his father and stepmother. Their reaction to him was the same as his mother's-his strangeness was threatening, and they were quickly at their wits' end for something to do with him.
With frightened exasperation, Kemper Jr. sent Edmund away. Maude and Edmund Kemper, Sr. (Edmund's paternal grandparents) had a seventeen-acre farm in North Fork, California, and Edmund was brought there during the Christmas holidays of 1963. He was not pleased to be left at the farm with his grandparents when the holidays edmund kemper, but he began school anyway and seemed to make at least some progress. His teachers at Sierra Joint Union High School in nearby Tollhouse, California found him quiet, rather meek in fact.
He caused no trouble, made average grades, and drew no undue attention to himself, apart from his size. At home with his grandparents, the situation was tense, but bearable. They found him disconcerting, as had his mother and father, but he kept busy and out from underfoot with his dog and a .22 rifle given to him by Kemper, Sr. He shot rabbits and gophers, and he shot birds (though he had been warned not to), but evidently contained his aggression to this one outlet.
At the end of the school year he returned to his mother and sisters in Helena, ostensibly to spend the summer, but within two weeks he was back at the farm.
Upon his return, Maude Kemper commented that he had regressed. He seemed more sullen, more ominous, and now that he wasn't in school, he was ever present at the farm. For his part, Edmund found his grandmother a nag and his grandfather a bore. His violent fantasies returned, this time starring Maude. He imagined her in the outhouse as he shot it full of holes.
He lined her up unawares in the sites of his rifle and thought about what it would be like to kill her. As the tension at the farm mounted, his grandmother grew more nervous. She took Kemper, Sr.'s .45 caliber pistol with edmund kemper on at least one outing, for fear it would fall into Edmund's hands.
She had warned him not to touch it, but obviously did not trust him to do as he was told. Edmund took this lack of trust as an insult, and brooded on it.
All summer long, the tension grew. On August 27, 1964, Edmund sat with Maude at the kitchen table, going over proofs from a edmund kemper book she was writing. Looking up, she noticed Edmund had an odd stare, and frightening look she had seen many times before. It unnerved her, and she told him to stop it.
After a moment, Edmund picked up his gun and whistled for his dog, saying he was headed out to shoot some gophers. Maude warned him not to shoot the birds, and returned her attention to her work. Edmund turned around upon exiting the house and watched her through the screen door. Her back was to him as he raised his rifle and took aim at her head.
He fired once, and Maude slumped at the table. Then he fired twice more, hitting her in the back. Inside the house again, he wrapped her head in a towel edmund kemper dragged the body into the bedroom. Within a few minutes, Kemper Sr. returned home from buying groceries. As he began to unload the truck Edmund took aim and shot him in the back of the head. Edmund was dismayed, not only because of what he'd done, but because he knew he'd be caught.
His grandparents weren't the sorts to take off on a sudden extended vacation, so even if he hid their bodies, their friends and family would miss them immediately.
Confused and fretful, he called his mother in Montana, who advised him to call the sheriff. He was taken in for questioning, and soon he confessed to both murders, saying he'd often thought of killing his grandmother, and that he'd killed his grandfather as an act of mercy, to protect him from seeing his dead wife and possibly having a heart attack. Edmund was incarcerated in Juvenile Hall while the California Youth Authority decided what to do with him.
A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Edmund as paranoid and psychotic, and the Youth Authority committed him to Atascadero State Hospital. He entered the facility on December 6, 1964. He was not yet sixteen years old. Atascadero Atascadero State Hospital, though a secure facility, was by no means a prison. There were no guard towers, and the purpose of one's stay was treatment, not penance.
Edmund took an extensive battery of tests and began to gain insight, if not into the nature of his own crime, into what others thought of that crime. He didn't accept actual responsibility for his crime, saying it had been beyond his control, but he worked hard at learning the language of treatment and appearing recovered.
He worked in the psychology laboratory and helped administer tests. He took pride in doing a good job, which his doctors interpreted as a very good sign. Sociopaths (and Edmund had been diagnosed at Atascadero as that) were usually reluctant and uncooperative workers, but Edmund seemed eager to do his best.
Meanwhile, he got to know others at Atascadero, including serial rapists who shared stories of their crimes with him. The tales of their exploits made an impression, and edmund kemper rapidly developing teenage sexual awareness became inextricably linked with domination and violence.
In Atascadero, this kind of thinking seemed not perverse, but quite normal. His violent sexual edmund kemper became intricate and intense. And he took note edmund kemper what the incarcerated rapists around him had done wrong.
They had been caught because they hadn't been smart-they left witnesses and evidence. They attacked women they knew, or they did their attacking in too public a place. Quietly, he filed this information in a corner of his mind. Although he hadn't yet formed any concrete plan, he knew each fact, each story would be useful to him later. He didn't share his fantasies with his doctors, though. For them, he behaved and worked hard. He claimed religious conversion and took to looking up any biblical reference he heard.
He was clean-cut and conservative, intelligent and sheltered, edmund kemper when he was released in 1969, the changes that had occurred in the outside world must have come as quite a shock.
His renewed contact with the outside world began at a community college near Atascadero. While he attended school, he was still under the supervision of the Youth Authority. Edmund was a square. All around him hippies sported long hair and flouted authority while he, with his short hair edmund kemper neat mustache, wished fervently to be a law enforcement officer. His hopes were dashed. In addition to minimum height requirements both the local and state police had maximum height limits.
Edmund was too tall to be a cop. To assuage his disappointment, he bought a motorcycle. With it, he could at least feel like a cop. Meanwhile, he did very well in his studies, and after three months, he was paroled for another eighteen months. His doctors at Atascadero had recommended strongly that he not be returned to his mother, who had relocated to Santa Cruz, California.
Against their edmund kemper, the Youth Authority sent him straight to her. Between Crimes Clarnell Strandberg (as she was now known, having been married and divorced again) held a responsible position as an administrative assistant on the University of California at Santa Cruz campus.
She edmund kemper competent and well liked, and the absence of her son had given her several years of relative peace (ex-husband aside). But verbal battles loud enough to be heard by the neighbors began upon Edmund's arrival at her duplex in suburban Aptos.
She still harangued and blamed him, and Edmund would later claim that she hounded him relentlessly about matters as trivial as whether he should get his teeth cleaned. Often he sought refuge at the Jury Room, a local bar frequented by off-duty police and deputies. He was still fascinated by law enforcement and whiled away many an hour discussing the merits and shortcomings of various sorts of guns and ammunition with the officers.
He was respectful of them, and they referred to him as "Big Ed." Edmund took various positions as a laborer, and finally secured one with the Division of Highways, which enabled him to move out of his mother's home and into an apartment in Alameda, which he shared with a friend.
Still, he said later, his mother continued to berate and belittle him. And he quickly wrecked his motorcycle twice. The Division of Highways gave him time off to recuperate from his broken left arm after the second accident.
With an out-of-court settlement, he bought a car that looked very much like an unmarked police vehicle. He equipped it with a radio transmitter and microphone and a large whip antenna, and he began to pick up hitchhikers. Small, pretty female hitchhikers.
Edmund kemper watched how they reacted to him. He learned how to make them trust him. He delivered them safely to their destinations, and privately, he indulged in his violent fantasies, imagining what he would do to his captive hitchhikers when he finally got all the details taken care of, all the possibilities seen to.
He began to outfit his car for his future plans. The antenna came off, and the passenger door was rigged to keep it from being opened from the inside. Plastic bags, knives, guns, and a blanket went into the trunk. Edmund picked up girl after girl, treating each as a sort of experiment, waiting for his moment. It took a while, more than a year of picking up girls and letting them go, but on May 7, 1972, Edmund's moment finally came.
The First Three Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchese were students at Fresno State College, and they were hitchhiking to Stanford University after a couple of days in Berkeley. They edmund kemper reached their destination, and the families of both filed missing persons reports, though it was hard to get the police to pursue such a case with gusto, what with so many runaways and transients around the Bay Area.
Girls disappeared all the time, only to turn edmund kemper sooner or later with this or that friend or boyfriend. Even if the police had sprung into immediate action it wouldn't have done any good. Edmund had dispatched Mary Ann edmund kemper Anita soon after picking them up. After driving them around for a bit, he edmund kemper his gun out from under the seat and pulled off into a deserted area. He put Anita in the trunk of his car and turned his attention toward Mary Ann.
He handcuffed her, laid her across the backseat face down, put a plastic bag over her head, then attempted to strangle her with a length of terrycloth. But she bit a hole in the bag and the cloth snapped. Frustrated, Edmund pulled out his knife and stabbed her repeatedly. Eventually, he slashed her throat. He removed Anita from the trunk and, with a edmund kemper knife, he began to stab her. She fought and screamed, but he eventually wore her down. He drove around with the bodies in the car for a while, deciding what to do.
Eventually he brought Mary Ann's body into edmund kemper apartment, where he undressed and dissected her. Edmund kemper also beheaded Anita's body. Mary Ann's body was buried in the plastic bag he'd used to try to suffocate her, and later Edmund would lead police to this site.
He kept both their heads for a while, eventually disposing of them in a ravine. Mary Ann's was found and identified in August. Neither Anita's head nor her body was ever found. No one suspected polite, clean-cut Edmund Kemper of anything untoward, so he continued to prowl. On the evening of September 14, 1972, he picked up Aiko Koo, a fifteen-year-old dancer of Korean descent, who was on her way to a dance class.
She had tired of waiting for the bus and decided to hitchhike. Aiko caught onto his plan quickly and panicked. He convinced her that he was planning to use the gun to kill himself, and that if she didn't try to signal police or passersby she would not be harmed.
He drove into the mountains and turned edmund kemper the main road, parking out of sight. Edmund kemper taped her mouth and tried to suffocate her by putting his thumb and index finger in her nostrils.
She fought, but lost consciousness, only to awaken again moments later. Edmund began to suffocate her again, this time continuing until she stopped breathing completely. He removed her from the car, laid her on the ground, and raped her. With her own scarf, he strangled her, and when he was absolutely sure she was dead, he put her body in the trunk and drove away from the scene.
He stopped soon at a local bar and had a couple of beers, and, after that, he went to his mother's house. From time to time, he would open the trunk and edmund kemper at his conquest.
Late that night he brought Aiko's body into his apartment and placed it on his bed. He dissected her just as he had Mary Ann and Anita, and he disposed of her edmund kemper and hands in a different location than the rest of her body.
Very little of her ever turned up, and her disappearance was not thought to be related to Mary Ann and Anita. Three More Girls Four months passed. Other victims of other killers were found in the Bay Area and public concern was aroused, but Edmund was under no suspicion for any of the killings. On January 8, 1973 he bought a .22 caliber automatic pistol, even though he was forbidden to own a firearm because of his prior crime.
He edmund kemper no trouble with the purchase in spite of his record, but he feared that eventually the police might catch on to the fact that he was in illegal possession of a handgun. He stepped up his cruising and killing activities beginning that very day.
He picked up Cindy and drove her into the hills near Watsonville, where he forced her into the trunk and shot her with his new gun. The bullet lodged in her skull. Edmund had recently moved back in with his mother, so he brought the body to the duplex in Aptos and into his room there, and when Clarnell left for work the next morning he had sex with Cindy's corpse. He dissected her in the bathtub, taking great care afterward to wash away all traces of what he'd done.
He removed the bullet from her skull and buried the head in his mother's back yard. Later he threw the body parts, which he put in plastic bags, off a cliff. This time, however, the body was discovered within twenty-four hours.
Edmund took notice, but still wasn't really worried. He'd been extraordinarily careful. Within a month he was ready to kill again. On the night of February 5, 1973, Edmund and Clarnell had a monumental row, and Edmund stormed out of the apartment, keyed up and ready to strike.
He picked up Rosalind first and engaged her in conversation. In a short while, he stopped for another hitchhiker, Alice. She had no trepidation about getting in the car, what with Rosalind already there and the UC Santa Cruz parking sticker (which Clarnell had procured) prominently displayed. They rode for a while, and this time Edmund didn't even stop the car to do his killing. He drew Rosalind's attention to a lovely view off to the passenger side, and edmund kemper she looked, he slowed down, drew his .22, and shot her in the head.
Quickly, he pointed the gun at Alice in the back seat and fired several times. Unlike Rosalind, she didn't die immediately. He shot her again point blank once he got out of town, and that edmund kemper her off.
Pulling into a cul-de-sac, he quickly transferred the bodies to the trunk. He stopped for gas, then went to his mother's duplex, which he quickly left again, claiming to need cigarettes. Once outside the apartment, he pulled the car to the street, opened the trunk, and beheaded the bodies. The next morning, he brought Alice's body inside and had sex with it in his room. He also brought in Rosalind's edmund kemper so he could remove the bullet that had lodged in it, as he had done before with Cindy's.
He drove away from Santa Cruz to dispose of most of the body parts, then on to Pacifica to get rid of the heads and hands. Mother and Sara Clarnell Strandberg never seemed to show any suspicion that Edmund was up to such depravity, and she probably didn't suspect that she'd become his victim. But on Easter weekend, roughly a month after the killings of Rosalind and Alice, he decided the time had come to be rid of her. He waited all night edmund kemper his room while Clarnell slept peacefully, carefully considering what he was about to do.
At 5:15 a.m., he got a hammer from the kitchen and went to her bedroom. He struck her once, very hard, and then slashed her throat. Within a minute, he had killed and beheaded her, removing her larynx in the process. He tried to put it down the garbage disposal, but the machine spat it back out, which Edmund found darkly appropriate and not at all surprising.
He hid her body in a closet and cleaned up a bit, then left the house. That afternoon he pondered what to do, and decided that if someone else were found dead with his mother, then suspicion might point away from him. Returning to the duplex, he called Sara Hallett, a friend of Clarnell's, to invite her dinner.
He wasn't able to reach her immediately, and he fretted about his plan until Sara called for Clarnell at around 5:00 p.m. He made the invitation, saying the dinner was a surprise for his mother.
When Sara arrived he strangled her, first manually, and finally, with the scarf he had obtained from Aiko. He then removed Sara's clothes and put her on his bed, and sometime that night attempted to have sex with her corpse. On Easter Sunday morning, he left town, driving east in Sara's car. Fearing discovery, he rented another car and dropped off Sara's car at a gas station, telling the attendant it needed repair. He drove for eighteen hours, stopping only for gas and sodas and No-Doz.
He was stopped in Colorado for speeding, but his seemingly staid, quiet appearance belied his crimes. He paid his fine and moved on. Finally, exhausted, he stopped in Pueblo, Colorado. He placed a call to the Santa Cruz Police Department, where he already knew several of the officers, and he began his marathon confession. The initial contact required several calls.
First, he had to convince the Santa Cruz Police he wasn't a crank caller. Then he had to help them find him. He was disoriented and wasn't quite sure how to edmund kemper police to the Pueblo phone booth from which he was placing his calls. When he was taken into custody, a party of investigators from Santa Cruz headed for Pueblo, where they would question Edmund about the crimes for which he claimed responsibility.
As their tape recorder rolled, Edmund talked, giving incredibly explicit and detailed confessions to all eight murders Punishment Upon his return to Santa Cruz, Edmund led investigators to the various disposal sites he had used and continued his seemingly endless confession. When he was finally finished, he'd been so thorough that he left his court-appointed public defender, James Jackson, no avenue for defense except that of insanity.
A series of witnesses was brought in to try to establish that Edmund was not responsible for his crimes, but the prosecutor undermined the testimony of each edmund kemper. Prosecution witness, Dr. Joel Fort, did the most damage to Edmund's insanity defense. He had spent quite a bit of time reviewing Edmund's case, going all the way back to his diagnoses after the killing of his grandparents and during his time at Atascadero.
He had also interviewed Edmund, eliciting previously unknown information about his sexual practices with the bodies, and even cannibalism. Edmund was not a paranoid schizophrenic, Fort said. He was obsessed with sex and violence, and he craved attention, going so far as to slash his own wrists with a ball point pen during the trial in an ostensible suicide attempt, but he was not insane.
Furthermore, Fort said, if he were ever released he would kill again, and he would kill the same sort of victim. During the three weeks of the trial, no witness, not even Edmund's sister or his doctors from Atascadero, was able to convince the jury that Edmund was insane.
They deliberated for only five hours, and they found Edmund guilty of first-degree murder on all eight counts. After a short observation stint at Vacaville Medical Facility, he was sent to the maximum-security prison at Folsom for the rest of his life.
Edmund Kemper remains behind bars. Since he was put away in 1973, countless other serial killers, many just as brutal and depraved as he, have captured our attention. Edmund, as if to maintain his place in our consciousness, remains eager to speak of his crimes.
He has done extensive interviews with Robert Ressler of the FBI, which were aimed at building the FBI's nascent serial killer profiling program. In 1988, he participated, along with the notorious John Wayne Gacy, in a satellite broadcast during which each killer discussed his crimes. As always, he was loquacious and explicit, and he seemed to have garnered quite a bit of psychological insight into the nature of his crimes. In prison, he is well behaved and cooperative, and seems to take great pride in his status as the "genius" serial killer who aided in his own capture and conviction.
He knows, as we know, that his release would lead to tragedy, and he is aware of and resigned to the fact that he isn't going anywhere. That's okay with him, and it's certainly okay with us. BIBLIOGRAPHY There is only major book devoted to Edmund Kemper it is out of print and difficult to obtain.: Margaret Cheney's Why: The Serial Killer in America was published in 1992 by R& E Publishers (Saratoga, CA). Robert K.
Ressler's book, Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for The FBI, does have approximately twenty pages on Kemper. Ressler interviewed Kemper extensively for the FBI's serial killer profiling group. Jay Robert Nash has a chapter on Edmund Kemper in his encyclopedia Bloodletters and Badmen (M. Evans and Co, 1995). Additional information is also available edmund kemper contemporary San Francisco newspapers, such as the San Francisco Chronicle.
CrimeLibrary.com EDMUND KEMPER The Coed Butcher On August 27, 1964, 15-year-old Edmund Emil Kemper III was with his paternal grandparents on their 17-acre ranch in North ForkCalifornia. He'd gone there during the previous Christmas holidays, remaining for the rest of that school year before returning to his mother, and was now back. He wasn't happy about that. Already six-foot-four and socially awkward, he was an intimidating figure, and people tended to shunt him from one place to another.
He'd grown frustrated edmund kemper angry, and later described himself as a "walking time bomb." If only someone had known then how to defuse his rage. Instead, the people around him seemed to ensure that it would grow worse. Kemper disliked how his mother treated edmund kemper, and his grandmother was just as bad. They were always pushing him around and telling him what to do. Edmund kemper to his own statements, he harbored fantasies of killing and mutilating them.
And not just them: As a child, writes psychiatrist Donald Lunde in Murder and MadnessKemper wished that everyone else in the world would die, and he envisioned killing many of them himself.
He had also indulged in tormenting cats. He'd buried one alive, then dug it up, cut off its head and stuck the head on a stick. That August afternoon, he argued in the kitchen with his sixty-six-year-old grandmother, Maude. Lunde, who interviewed him at length years later, says that he had displaced his anger at his mother onto Maude, so it did not take much to make him react.
Enraged, Kemper grabbed a rifle, and when she warned him not to shoot the birds, he turned and shot her instead. He hit her in the head, writes Margaret Cheney in Why? The Serial Killer in Americakilling her, and then shot her twice in the back. (Lunde says that he also stabbed her repeatedly with a kitchen knife, and David K. Frazier writes in Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century that it was three times in the back.) So his first killing, if this account is correct, was impulsive, more a thoughtless act than a planned predatory incident.
But then he had to do something to hide it from his grandfather. He was a big kid for his age, the product of a six-foot mother and a father who was six-foot-eight. So he did not have much difficulty dragging his grandmother's corpse into edmund kemper bedroom. But then his grandfather, also named Edmund, drove up. The man was 72, and it was he who had given the edmund kemper the .22 caliber rifle the previous Christmas.
Young Edmund heard his car outside. He went to the window and made the decision to finish the job he'd begun. As the elderly man got out of the car, Kemper raised the rifle and shot him as well. Cheney says that he then hid the body in the garage.
"In his way," writes Lunde, "he had avenged the rejection of both his father and his mother." Not knowing what else to do, he called his mother in Montana and told her what he had done. Clarnell urged him to call the police, and no doubt she was thinking of the dire warning that Cheney says she had given Edmund's biological father, whose parents were now dead. She had told him not to be surprised if the edmund kemper killed them one day. Edmund kemper Incomprehensible Edmund Kemper Kemper called the police and they came to the ranch to take him into custody.
He was waiting calmly on the porch for edmund kemper. They placed him with the California Youth Authority, and in an interview, the police later reported, he said he had shot Grandma to see what it felt like.
That comment would become the edmund kemper most often associated with him, used to show how cold-blooded edmund kemper was at such a young age. Yet another reading of it indicates that he was merely stating the end result of his frustration with the woman. He explained that he'd killed his grandfather to spare him having to find Maude dead, murdered by her grandson. At the time, it seemed incomprehensible to the California system that a child could do such a thing.
He was sent for psychiatric testing and diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia. He was also found to have a near-genius IQ. Instead of staying at a facility operated by the Youth Authority, he ended up at the secure Atascadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and because he was so intelligent and astute he was allowed access to some of the assessment devices - even to administer them at times, according to John Douglas in Mindhunter.
Frazier says that while in the hospital, Kemper actually memorized the responses to 28 different assessment instruments, providing himself with the proper tools to convince those doctors who evaluated him that he would be safe to release upon his 21st birthday. With his mother's help, he achieved this.
The most comprehensive sources on Kemper's case come from people who wrote during the 1970s, immediately after his trial, including psychiatrist Donald Lunde and authors Ward Damio and Margaret Cheney (who had access to transcripts of what she called his "compulsive confessing"). Kemper also did an interview in 1978, which ended up edmund kemper Court TV's Mugshots program. Others included former FBI profilers Robert R.
Ressler and John Douglas, who interviewed him at length and discussed their encounters with him in their respective books.
While self-report is generally suspect, what Kemper has to say about himself and his background is revealing. Accounts of him generally emphasize his huge size - six-foot-nine and nearly three hundred pounds - but the manner in which he thinks and speaks is more interesting.
Kemper's string of crimes was the third for San JoseCaliforniasince 1970, so it's instructive to look at the first two briefly to understand the climate of fear that hovered over the area upon his arrest. Just after he came out of Atascaderothe town that would become his new home made national headlines. Death Capital of the World The beach town edmund kemper Santa Cruz lies south of San Francisco on the Pacific Coast.
Surrounded by mountains, ocean, and towering redwood trees, it's a tourist Mecca and an upscale place to own a home or rent an apartment. During the early 1970s, when the murders began, townspeople were already torn over the "hippies" moving in, thanks in part to the University of California opening a new campus there. Young people flooded in, and not all of them were what residents called "desirable." At the time, Damio writes, 95 percent of murders that occurred in America were primarily situational - inspired by tense domestic incidents or the result of some kind of altercation among acquaintances.
But the murders during the 1970s in Santa Cruz defied this pattern, and while one killer was quickly captured after his crime, for several months no arrests were made or suspects identified for the other cases. By 1973, people were purchasing guns to protect themselves, because clearly these offenders were boldly entering the homes of ordinary citizens.
Near the end of 1970, John Linley Frazier murdered five people - the Ohta family and Dr. Ohta's secretary - to stop what he viewed as the spread of progress that was ruining the natural environment. An extremist in the hippie lifestyle, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia but nevertheless was found sane and convicted.
His trial became a circus, in part because he wanted to appear to be pretending to be insane so the jury would believe he was malingering. But there was also an air of suspicion against "hippies," because over the span of two nights during the previous year Charles Manson and his gang had massacred seven people down in Los Angeles. Like Manson, Frazier had invaded a home and brutally killed the occupants (including two children) for edmund kemper bizarre drug-inspired vision.
Then in late 1972 and early '73, across a terrifying period of four months, edmund kemper series of murders occurred around Santa Cruz. Among the victims were four campers, a priest, a man digging in his garden, a young girl, and a mother and her two children.
The police finally stopped the killer, Herbert Mullin, 25. Although he had been institutionalized and evaluated as a danger to others, he'd nevertheless become an outpatient, which allowed him to edmund kemper freely. He'd stopped taking his antipsychotic medication and "heard" a voice that urged him to kill. It was his mission, Mullin believed, to save the people of California from a super-earthquake that would send it into the ocean.
Thus, he decided that he had to "sing the die song," which edmund kemper believed would persuade thirteen people to either kill themselves or allow themselves to become human sacrifices (which he said they conveyed to him telepathically). Using a knife, gun, or baseball bat to slay those he selected, he killed until police picked him up. Also diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, he was nevertheless considered legally sane and was convicted on ten counts of murder.
But even before that, in May 1972, female hitchhikers began to disappear. To subdue public panic, the authorities tried linking these disappearances to Mullin so they could assure the community that the spate of murders was at an end, but it soon turned out to be another person altogether - someone who surprised them.
Eventually the Santa Cruz Sentinelthe local newspaper, would put together a magazine that reviewed important events in the area across the decades and featured these three killers. "It felt like the actions of a world gone crazy," recalled reporter Tom Honig. The edmund kemper was an age of violence, and along with Frazier and Mullin, they would add Edmund Kemper, now a young man. Altogether the three killed 28 people, and represented the three basic types of multiple murderers: Frazier killed all his victims at once, Mullin in a spree (accounting for his projected goal of thirteen), and Kemper as a serial killer.
Early Life of Edmund Kemper Kemper's crimes began before Mullin and stopped after him. What precipitated it, according to his account in several interviews, was his mother's constant needling and humiliation.
When released by the parole board from Atascadero in 1969, the psychiatrists had advised that Kemper not be returned to Clarnell, because it could trigger more violence. But it appeared that no one was keeping watch. Having no means of support and no assistance from the Youth Authority, Kemper did move in with Clarnell and, according to him, she took up berating him again. Having left her third husband, she had taken a job at the new university in Santa Cruz as an administrative assistant and moved into a duplex on Ord Drive edmund kemper Aptos.
They had frequent arguments that the neighbors overheard. Whether or not Clarnell was a primary influence in his subsequent actions, there is no doubt that they had an unrelentingly toxic relationship. As part of his parole requirements, Kemper went to a community college and did well, but he hoped to get into the police academy one day.
When he learned that he was too tall, his consolation was to hang out in the jury room where the police gathered and listen to their stories. They knew him as "Big Ed" and generally thought of him as a polite young man. His voice was soft, his manner polite, and his speech intelligent and articulate. He idolized John Wayne and everyone knew it. Little did they know that they would eventually be edmund kemper one of their most bizarre tales about him. He got several different jobs and finally ended up with the California Highway Department.
When he had saved enough money to move out of his mother's home, he went north to Alamedanear San Franciscoand shared an apartment with a friend.
But he often had no money and sometimes ended up back with Clarnell. He purchased a motorcycle, but got into two separate accidents, one of which Damio says paid out in a settlement that gave him $15,000. With this he bought a yellow Ford Galaxy and began to cruise the area. He noticed young females out hitchhiking - the popular mode of travel for college students in those days along the West Coast. And when he looked them over, as he described in later interviews, he thought about things he could do to them.
Quietly, he prepared his car for what he had in mind, placing plastic bags, knives, a blanket, and handcuffs that he had acquired into the trunk. He had only to await an opportunity. For a period of time, he picked up girls and let them go. By his estimation, he picked up around 150 hitchhikers, any of whom might have been chosen for his plan. Finally, he felt edmund kemper urgent inner drive of what he called his "little zapples," and he acted.
Frightening Times of Edmund Kemper On May 7, 1972, as people were still troubled by the conclusion of the Frazier trial less than six months before, Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa hitchhiked from Fresno State College to meet friends at Stanford University. Damio, Newtonand Frazier laid out the events chronologically. When the girls failed to arrive at their destination, their families contacted the police.
But runaways were all too frequent during those days and the girls had left behind no clues as to where they had gone, so there was little the authorities could do.
Then, on August 15, the remains of a female head were recovered from an area in the mountains and identified as that of Pecse. No other remains were found, but it was assumed that both girls had met with foul play and were dead. On September 14, dance student Edmund kemper Koo disappeared while hitching from Berkley.
On October 13, Mullin's series of murders began to catch people's attention, but then, early in 1973, 18-year-old Cindy Schall disappeared while traveling to class at Cabrillo Community College. She was hitchhiking, and had stopped off edmund kemper a friend's house.
Someone saw her get a ride and then she was just gone. Less than two days later, dismembered arms and legs were found on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Then an upper torso washed ashore, which was identified via lung X-rays as Schall's. Eventually a lower torso came in. A surfer also found her left hand, which offered fingerprints, but her head and right hand remained missing. The papers began talking about the "Chopper" and the "Butcher." Then, on January 25, two local families were shot to death in their homes.
The Santa Cruz area was in a panic, and soon four young men edmund kemper were camping were all shot at close range in the head. Two more girls out hitchhiking disappeared on February 5: Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Liu. There were no leads whatsoever edmund kemper their disappearances. Then on February 13, a witness called the police after another shooting of a man in his garden.
In short order, they arrested Herbert Mullin. He was tied to most of the shootings, but not to the murders of Cindy Schall or Mary Ann Pesce, or the disappearance of the other hitchhikers.
Kidnapping and dismemberment were not part of his MO. Yet Damio indicates that upon Mullin's arrest, the media coverage of the local violence inspired an atmosphere of terror. One reporter, whom Ward identifies as television reporter Marilyn Baker, consistently exaggerated rumors and offered uncorroborated information as fact, angering the police and alarming the citizens.
She gave daily reports of satanic rituals and linked together a number of murders over the course of a year. "The butcher murders are unique," Damio quotes her as saying. "The decapitation and dismemberment is done with the skill of what police say borders on perhaps professional knowledge.
The bodies were placed in a slant position, the heads lower than the feet, so the blood would drain out, making such dismemberment easier." Baker also mentioned that one of more of the victims appeared to have been held captive for a period of time prior to being killed, and noted that the Achilles tendon was sliced on Cynthia Schall. She suggested that the killer was a lesbian or transvestite and scolded the police for their mistakes during the investigation.
She warned that the butcher murders occurred on Mondays after dark and during the full moon - which was patently untrue. Yet for her, it seemed like evidence of cult activity. On March 4, a couple of hikers came across a human skull and jawbone not far from Highway 1 in San Mateo County. They were not from the same person. The police searched the area and found another skull that went with the jawbone, so they knew they had a pair of victims killed close together.
They had reports of several missing female hitchhikers, so they compared what they had to the descriptions, and identified the remains of Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Liu.
Liu had been shot twice in the head, Thorpe once. It was not long thereafter that the university decided to institute a bus system that would assist off-campus students to get safely to their classes. The authorities were stymied. The area had become a hotbed of murder and missing persons, mostly young women. They had few leads and no methods for ending the killing. The university experienced a sudden drop in enrollment. But then the unexpected occurred. The police heard from the last of the killers - the one who was killing the coeds.
He had stopped the spree himself. Edmund Kemper Makes the Call On April 23, 1973, the Santa Cruz police received a call that they could not quite believe.
It was from a phone booth in PuebloColoradofrom a twenty-four-year-old man who had eaten with them, drank with them, and talked with them for hours: Big Ed, or Edmund Kemper. And now he was telling them that he had committed murder -- in fact, a double homicide four days earlier, and then some. He had killed his mother, Clarnell Strandberg, on Good Friday. Then he'd gone drinking with his cop buddies.
He'd returned and invited his mother's friend, Sara "Sally" Hallett, over for dinner and a movie. She was delighted. When she arrived, he'd killed her, too, and removed her head. Both bodies were stuffed into closets in his mother's duplex on Ord Drive. Kemper explained that after leaving the house, he had driven for several days, had dropped off one car and rented a green Chevy Impala, and had finally decided to turn himself in.
He'd been taking No-Doz for three days and felt half crazy. He listed half a edmund kemper other murders that they had yet to solve, referring over and over to "the coeds." He wanted someone to come and pick him up. He had 200 rounds of ammo and three guns in the car that scared him, and he was turning himself in. But the officer who took the first call believed it was a prank, says David Everitt in Human Monsters.
He suggested the young man call again later. Kemper did so, but once again had a difficult time convincing the person at the other end of the line to take him seriously. Those who knew him believed it was all some practical joke. He continued to place calls until he was able to persuade an officer to go check out his mother's house. He said that an officer, Sergeant Aluffi, had been there not long before to confiscate the .44-caliber revolver he had purchased.
Alluffi would know. Sergeant Edmund kemper did indeed know, and went edmund kemper the home himself. As he entered, he smelled the putrid odor of decomposition. When he opened a closet and saw blood and hair, he secured the scene and called in the coroner and detectives.
To their amazement, they found the two bodies, just as Kemper had described. Both had been decapitated, and Clarnell had been battered and apparently used for dart practice. Her tongue and larynx, Kemper had said, were chopped up, having been placed in the garbage disposal, which had spit them back out. Investigators now realized why the "Coed Butcher" had eluded them for so long. As John Douglas put it upon hearing how Kemper had been privy at the jury room and the investigation details, "He was analyzing what he was doing and learning to perfect his technique." He had discovered their strategies and plans for trapping him, and he was able to out-think and elude them.
But he also had not come across as a killer. He had learned how to make people feel safe around him, and that was probably how he had found ways to get girls into his cars, despite warnings issued to students throughout the area. DA Peter Chang and a party of detectives traveled across three states to pick Kemper up from detention, where local police had placed him, and they found him waiting calmly for him.
He seemed to know that he was dangerous and unable to control himself, and understood that he needed to be locked up. He was willing to edmund kemper and twice waived his right to an attorney (though he would later say that he'd asked for a lawyer).
The story that unfolded was as bizarre as any they had yet heard. He went on for hours, confessing everything that he had done to the six coeds, his mother and her friend. Adding these to the murders of his grandparents years earlier, he had committed ten murders in all. To prove his tale, he took detectives to edmund kemper where he had buried or tossed parts of his victims that had not yet been found.
He described having sex with the heads of his victims and said that he'd loved the feeling of totally possessing them and their property. The stories would grow worse during the trial, thanks to psychiatric probing, and both sides set about finding out what they could do about this disturbing young man.
Creating a Killer Born in Burbank California on December 18, 1948, Edmund E. Kemper III was the second child for E.
E. (Edmund Jr.) and Edmund kemper Kemper. He had edmund kemper sister six years older and a sister two and a half years younger. Ed was close to his father, but E.E. divorced Clarnell in 1957 when Edmund was nine and she moved with the children to Montana. It was a difficult separation for Edmund, nicknamed Guy, and he claimed that to toughen him up, his mother locked him in the basement.
(He would eventually provide several different motives for this behavior, depending on who was interviewing him.) He believed that he must have been a constant prickly reminder to his mother. He hated her but often spoke as if he understood her motives and behavior. In many different interviews, he described his fear and anger growing up, along with the things he envisioned doing. He said that when he killed the family cat, placing its head on an altar, he had felt empowered after persuasively lying about it.
He honed this ability to present a public façade that people trusted while his private world contained much darker ideas. Everitt indicates that by the time he was ten, he was already thinking about females in sexual terms. He was also developing a violent inner world. "When I was in school," Kemper said in a taped interview, "I was called a chronic daydreamer and I saw a counselor twice during junior high and high school, and that was very routine.
They didn't ask me a lot of questions about myself and that was probably the most violent fantasy time I was off into." Stories from his sisters involved disconcerting memories. One goaded him to kiss a teacher, says Frazier, and he apparently said that if he did, he'd then have to kill her. His younger sister recalled that he often cut the heads off her dolls. His mother apparently relegated him to the basement to keep him away from the girls because she did not trust him.
Her instincts were apparently right; Kemper has said, "I lived as an ordinary person most of my life, even though I was living a parallel and increasingly violent other life." When he was thirteen, Kemper slaughtered his own pet cat with a machete and stuffed the remains in his closet (which his mother found). Cheney offers gruesome details of this episode from Kemper's descriptions. Kemper also ran away from home that year to go live edmund kemper his father. He was certain it would be a better life for him, but after edmund kemper arrived, he eventually learned that his father, who had remarried and had another son, was not quite as happy to see him as he'd hoped.
E. E. welcomed him for a while, but edmund kemper sent him back to Montana. But Clarnell, too, was unwilling to have him, because she was planning to marry her third husband, and this overgrown adolescent was a handful. Her solution was to pack Ed up and send him to his father's parents' ranch in California. (On MugshotsKemper says that his father actually sent him there, and Frazier indicates that Kemper ran away twice, and the second time he ended edmund kemper with his grandparents.) "I went to live with Dad," he said, "and he sends me up to Grandma.
Now she's going to undo all the terrible things that my mother edmund kemper to me. I'm going to be a showpiece. She's going to show the world that my mother was a lousy parent.
I'm going to be a pawn in this little game." The experience was unpleasant for him. Ultimately, it was here with Maude and Edmund Kemper Sr.
that Edmund began his career in murder. Once he got out of the psychiatric hospital, he set his sights on becoming a police officer. (Lunde points out that there were no psychologists or psychiatrists on the parole board that released him, and no follow-up psychiatric care.) He was disappointed and unable to find appropriate alternative employment. Although he shared an apartment with a friend, he was afraid he might end up living with his mother. In fact, he did, and that proved the undoing of them both.
Edmund Kemper's First Murder As Clarnell had done with her three ex-husbands, she attacked Edmund on many occasions, aiming at his manhood and sense of worth. Although he wanted to socialize, she refused to introduce him to women on campus. "She's holding up these girls who she said were too good for me to get to know," he recalled. "She would say, 'You're just like your father. You don't deserve to get to know them.'" This kind of talk infuriated him, and he went out to cruise for the girls that he couldn't have.
He knew a way to get them on his terms. Kemper had picked up many hitchhikers. "I'm picking up young women," he said in the interview shown on Mugshots"and I'm going a little bit farther each time. It's a daring kind of thing. First there wasn't a gun. I'm driving along. Edmund kemper go to edmund kemper vulnerable place, where there aren't people watching, where I could act out and I say, 'No, I can't.' And then a gun is in the car, hidden.
And this craving, this awful raging eating feeling inside, this fantastic passion. It was overwhelming me. It was like drugs. It was like alcohol. A little edmund kemper enough." The experience changed for him on May 7, 1972. Even before Mullin began his reign of terror in the area, Kemper decided to make his move.
"It was stupid for anyone to hitchhike," he said, "but to these people who thought it was fun and exciting and maybe even a little bit daring -- it is if they're dead." He got insights and tidbits from reading police novels. For example, he learned how to keep the car door locked once the girls were inside. He edmund kemper knew how to give them the impression that they were safe with him. Clarnell had acquired a university sticker for Kemper's Ford, which made it easy for him to go in and out of the campus without raising suspicion.
(It should be noted that coworkers at the university found Clarnell charming and easy to get along with, which differed from Edmund's version. She did give him assistance and allowed him to live with her.) On this day, Kemper picked up two 18-year-old college students out hitchhiking, Mary Anne Pesce and Anita Luchessa. He wanted to rape them, but decided on murder to leave no witnesses. "It was the first time I went looking for someone to kill.
And it's two people, not one. And they're dead. Very naïve, too. Painfully naïve in that they thought they were streetwise." In fact, edmund kemper were quite grateful for the ride.
It wasn't far to Stanford, perhaps an hour, so Kemper said he was willing to take them all the way. They couldn't believe their luck, but their glee soon turned to terror. Kemper drove off the highway and came to rest on a dirt road.
The girls sensed that something was amiss. As if to intensify his own game, he told them that he intended to rape them and that he was going to take them to his apartment, although he had learned from listening to the stories of rapists in Atascadero that it was better to leave no witnesses.
Handcuffing Pesce to the back seat, he forced Edmund kemper into the trunk of the car. He then tried unsuccessfully to smother Pesce and to stab her. The knife edmund kemper hit her backbone and would not enter, but she felt the pain and put edmund kemper a tremendous struggle.
She also bit through the bag that he had placed over her head. Finally, he slit her throat and killed her. He then turned his attention to Luchessa and killed her as well, though it was an ordeal he hadn't expected. Now he had two corpses all to himself. And he was nearly caught, as the police learned during his confession. As he drove toward Alamedahe was stopped for a broken taillight.
He maintained a calm, polite attitude and got off with a mere warning. During the entire encounter, Kemper later said, he was excited. Had the officer decided to do a edmund kemper check and look into the trunk, Kemper would have killed him on the spot. In Alamedahis roommate was out, so he knew he could work on the bodies there without being disturbed. Wrapping them in blankets, he placed them in the trunk of his car and drove to his apartment.
There he brought the bodies inside and laid them on the floor. His own confessions provide the details. He took them into his own bedroom, where he photographed them. As he removed parts from them, he took more photographs and paused from time to time to savor the erotic moments of possessing them so completely. He said that he also engaged in sexual acts with the severed parts. Placing Pesce's parts in a bag, he left them in a shallow grave in the mountains, making sure to remember the place for later visits.
He used her head for sex before tossing it into a ravine, along with Luchessa's head. He then fell back into his habit of picking up girls and taking them safely to their destinations. He would even talk to his riders about the man who was killing female hitchhikers, all the while evaluating each as a potential victim.
"When someone put their hand on my car-door handle, they were giving me their life." He continued with this activity until September 14, 1972. Psychiatric Follow-up of Edmund Kemper That's the day he picked up Aiko Koo, who had given up waiting for her bus and edmund kemper a ride. He'd been feeling the energy that inspired his fantasies of murder. This girl seemed perfect for his next grim venture.
He was surprised that she was only fifteen, but determined to carry out his plan. About that encounter, Kemper said: "I pulled the gun out to show her I had it.she was freaking out. Then I put the gun away and that had more effect on her than pulling it out." He got out of the car, locking himself out, which gave her an advantage, but she was too scared to pick up his gun.
"She could have reached over and grabbed the gun," he said later, "but I think she never gave it a thought." Instead, she unlocked the door and let him back in. He pinched her nostrils to force her to black out, says Frazier, and raped her. Then he strangled her until he was sure she was dead and rode around with her body in the trunk of his car.
He had a few drinks before taking her home to dismember and dissect her in the same manner he had done with his first two victims. Once he had tasted this power over women, he knew, it was only a matter of time before he'd want it again. But first he had to prepare to convince the psychiatrists who were monitoring his case that he was "cured." The day after he killed Aiko Koo, Kemper went before a panel of psychiatrists as a follow-up requirement for parole.
He'd done well in school, had tried finding a job, and as far as anyone knew, he had stayed out of trouble. He knew what they wanted to hear and he put on his best act. The first doctor talked with him for a while and indicated that he saw no reason to consider Kemper a danger to anyone.
The second one actually used the words "normal" and "safe," according to Cheney. Both recommended the sealing of his juvenile records as a way to help him to become a better citizen. Yet even as the two psychiatrists congratulated themselves on being part of a system that had rehabilitated a child killer, Kemper delighted in his secret. Damio writes that not only had killed a girl the day before the analysis, but he had her head in the trunk of his car outside, which Kemper disputes.
Once again, he was in the game. He had succeeded at convincing the learned professionals that he was something other than he really was, and they had wrongly inferred that he was "no longer a danger." The judge did not agree, but had no grounds to deny the request to seal the records. Thus, eight years after he had killed his grandparents, Kemper gained his edmund kemper. As he drove away with a clean bill of mental health, he felt pleased.
Now he was free to continue with his experiments. He found a place to bury Koo's head and hands above Boulder Creek, and there they remained undiscovered until the following May. And he was not finished.
While he laid low for a while, he kept fantasizing about taking the lives of those young women. He kept trophies and photographs of his grisly work to help renew the experience, and as he clashed with his mother time and again, the urge to kill built up within him. More of Edmund Kemper's Victims Later, Kemper tried to explain his motive for these crimes: "My frustration.
My inability to communicate socially, sexually. I wasn't impotent. I was scared to death of failing in male-female relationships." He purchased a .22-caliber pistol and then looked for a pretty hitchhiker. The one he found was named Cindy Schall, who accepted a ride with him on January 7, 1973.
Again, he drove to a secluded area and shot her quickly. He wasn't interested in torture. He just wanted a body to handle. He was now living with his mother again, and he took the corpse home to dismember her in the bathtub. He kept her overnight in his room and then beheaded her, burying the head in the backyard.
He threw the body parts over a cliff, but they quickly washed up onto the beach. Still, he knew they could not tie it to him. He'd removed the bullet from the head. And he was right. No one suspected him. On February 5, after a horrendous argument with his mother, Kemper went out again.
That's when Rosalind Thorpe and Allison Liu disappeared from campus. He picked up Rosalind first, and her presence in the car apparently reassured Allison, who willingly got in.
"Miss Liu was sitting in back right behind Miss Thorpe," Kemper recalled. "I went on down a ways and slowed down. I remarked on the beautiful view. I hesitated for several seconds. I had been moving my pistol from down below my leg in my lap. I picked it up and pulled the trigger. As I fired, she fell against the window. Miss Liu panicked. I had to fire through her hands. She was moving around and I missed twice." He hit her edmund kemper the temple, and he aimed again and fired.
But she was still alive as he approached the university gate. (This part of the story varies according to different accounts.) One account indicates that she was already dead, but another describes her breathing loudly and moaning. Two young men were at the security gate, but when they saw Kemper's university sticker, they waved him through.
The two women were wrapped in blankets, and one of them was in the front passenger seat. He told some interviewers later that he explained to the guard that these girls were drunk and he was trying to get them back to their dorms. The guard apparently accepted the story, and Kemper decided that he was as good as invisible: "It was getting easier to do.
I was getting better at it." He took the girls' bodies to his mother's home and dismembered and beheaded them with his mother nearby and neighbors around. (Another account says that he beheaded them outside in the car and then took one headless corpse inside to have sex.) He was aware that a neighbor only had to walk by and look in the window and see what he was doing in order to catch him.
But no one did. The next morning, he deposited the limbs in the ocean and around the hills, tossing the heads away separately. His fourth episode of killing had been successfully completed. It would not be long before he vented his rage closer to edmund kemper. Revenge After killing six young women, the six-foot-nine giant turned his anger against his ultimate target: his mother.
While most experts later claim that his killing was really about symbolic rehearsal for killing his mother, and once he'd dispatched her, he no longer needed to kill, Kemper's explanation is quite different. He indicated in an interview that he had sensed the cops closing in after Sergeant Aluffi had paid him a call about his gun and he wanted to spare his mother the embarrassment of learning that edmund kemper was the "Coed Butcher." However, his treatment of her corpse tells another story.
Kemper also said that he feared that his mother had found the items he had taken from the women he'd killed. He wondered if he should flee or kill her. "I can't get away from her.She knows all my buttons and I dance like a puppet." He knew that he would now kill her, but he waited for the opportune moment. She went out with friends one evening and came home tipsy from alcohol (although some accounts say nothing about her inebriated state). Kemper went into her room, and according to him, she said, "I suppose you want to talk now." He told her no.
In his 1978 interview, he said he then started to cry and put his hand to his mouth. It was the first time he had broken his composure.
He'd spoken about the other murders with no show of guilt, compassion or remorse, but his mother's death was another matter. He waited for her to go to bed, he said, and then went into her room with a claw hammer.
"It was so hard." He admitted that to remember it hurt him. "I cut off her head, and I humiliated her, of course. She was dead, because of the way she raised edmund kemper son." But later he said he'd wished she'd stayed up and talked to him. He put her head on the mantel and said what he wanted to say. He also threw darts. For the first time, she did not argue with him. That felt satisfying, but he also knew it was over for him. He would undoubtedly be linked to this crime.
He penned a brief note, quoted in Cheney's book: "Appx. 5:15 A.M. Saturday. No need for her to suffer anymore at the hands of this horrible 'murderous butcher.' It was quick, sleep, the way I wanted it." Some sources indicate that Kemper believed having two victims would deflect attention from him, so he then invited Sally Hallett over. He punched and strangled her, then laid her naked on his bed. He spent the night with the two corpses in the house, with blood everywhere, and one account indicates that he tried to have sex with Hallett's corpse.
He also beheaded her. On Easter morning, he fled in Sally's car. As he drove, he turned on the radio, hoping to hear on the news that someone had discovered the bodies. Yet there edmund kemper no news flashes. That disappointed him. By the time he reached Puebloafter driving some 1,500 miles, he decided to instigate the discovery himself. Stopping at a phone booth, he called the police. Kemper made it easy for the cops. He showed them where he had buried the head of Cynthia Schall in his mother's backyard, saying he had placed it there so he could take satisfaction in knowing, according to one detective, she was on his property looking toward the sky.
As they drove, he described each murder in minute detail and showed them where he had deposited each victim's remains.
Edmund Kemper On Trial Edmund Kemper was indicted on eight counts of first-degree murder on May 7, 1973. The Chief Public Edmund kemper of Santa Cruz County, attorney Jim Jackson, had defended Frazier and was assigned to the Mullin case as well.
He now also took on Kemper's defense, which he offered as an insanity plea. He had his hands full, especially because Kemper's detailed confessions sans attorney had robbed him of any strategy except an insanity defense. But it would not be easy, since Kemper was so articulate and clear in the way he had planned and prepared for his fatal encounters. Nevertheless, he had once been diagnosed as psychotic, and despite the psychiatric records that pronounced him safe, he clearly had not been cured.
For Jacksonthere was hope that edmund kemper defense could work. While awaiting trial, Kemper tried twice to commit suicide by slashing his wrists. He failed both times. The trial began on October 23, 1973, and three prosecution psychiatrists found him to be sane.
Dr. Joel Fort had looked at Kemper's juvenile records to examine the diagnosis that he was then psychotic. He interviewed Kemper at length, including under truth serum, and told the court that Kemper had probably engaged in acts of cannibalism. He apparently cooked and ate parts of the girls' edmund kemper after dismembering them. Nevertheless, Fort decided that he had known what he was doing in each incident, was thrilled by the notoriety of being a mass murderer, and had been entirely aware that it was wrong.
That was good enough to find him sane. California relied on the M'Naghten standard for sanity that was used throughout most of the country. According to the wording, this standard held that a defendant edmund kemper be found insane if, by reason of a disease or defect, he did not know that what he was doing was wrong. Kemper clearly did know that his acts of murder were edmund kemper. He had also shown clear edmund kemper of premeditation and planning. One defense psychiatrist was willing to testify to insanity based on the "product standard," which allows someone to say that the crime is the product of a diseased mind - a subtle difference -- but that was not within the edmund kemper definition.
Kemper's younger sister described the strange acts she had seen her brother do, trying hard to show that he was abnormal, while Jackson fought valiantly through cross-examination to get the prosecution's experts edmund kemper admit that many of the things Kemper had done with the victims were clearly aberrant.
They did, but generally stuck with their original evaluation. They also questioned the Edmund kemper staff's diagnosis of Kemper when he was fifteen. Having a lively fantasy world was not necessarily psychotic.
Kemper on the Stand Kemper himself took the stand on November 1. What the jury thought of this man who had so easily killed is not on record. They had heard large portions of his detailed confession and already knew what he had to say for himself.
He discussed what he knew about his mental state and tried to convince the edmund kemper that his need to possess a woman and his acts of necrophilia were clear indications of an unstable state of mind.
He had already told his interrogators that he'd felt remorse and that he'd taken to drinking more and more to relieve the pressure. But he had also described the sexual thrill he achieved from removing someone's head and had said that killing was a narcotic to him.
He also described the feeling he had that two beings inhabited his body, and when his killer personality took over, it was "kind of like blacking out." He indicated that the same thing had happened when he had shot his grandmother.
The trial lasted less than three weeks. How many of his outrageous admissions were actually true is anyone's guess. While Kemper had admitted to cannibalism during Dr. Fort's analysis, he recanted that later, claiming it was meant for an insanity defense.
On November 8, the six-man, six-woman jury deliberated for five hours, says Frazier, before finding Kemper sane and guilty of eight counts of first-degree murder. Although Kemper hoped to receive the death penalty, he was convicted during a time when the Supreme Court had placed a moratorium on capital punishment and all death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment. The death penalty became applicable only to crimes committed after January 1, 1974.
Everitt says that the judge asked him what edmund kemper thought his punishment should be. It wasn't difficult for him to come edmund kemper with something, as he'd been thinking about this moment since childhood.
He told the judge that he believed he ought to be tortured to death. No such luck. Instead, he edmund kemper sentenced to life imprisonment. Sent first to the California Medical Facility State Prison at Vacaville, north of San Francisco, for observation, writes Cheney, he ended up at the maximum security prison at Folsom.
At one point, he requested psychosurgery, which involved inserting a probe into his brain to kill brain tissue and potentially cure him of his compulsive sexual aggression. His request was denied, possibly because authorities feared that he might then petition for release. He became a model inmate, helping to read books on tape for the blind, but when he went before the parole board, he told them he was not fit to go back into society.
In edmund kemper, he is reported to be cooperative and kind, and would like to forget his past. While he readily participated in requests for interviews and self-examination -- hoping he would help others to learn about offenders like him -- he often disliked what some of his interviewers later said about him.
(Cheney said that when she asked for access to his juvenile records, he refused to cooperate.) Yet it's interesting to see how other professionals regarded him. Edmund Kemper Prison Interviews FBI Special Agents John Douglas and Robert R.
Ressler became part of the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico during its early years in the 1970s, and while they were on the road talking with local jurisdictions, they came up with the idea to visit prisons and interview notorious killers.
They hoped to include this information in the data they were gathering about crimes being committed by those unknown suspects on whom they were offering profiles. A database about the traits and behaviors of known killers could offer a substantial backbone for their teachings. Douglas and Ressler both write about these visits in their books, and they were generally the team who did the prison interviews.
"If you want to understand the artist," Douglas writes in Mindhunter"look at his work." They contacted different types of offenders, including mass murderers, assassins, and serial killers, and collected data on 118 victims, including some who had survived an attempted murder. The goal was to gather information about how the murders were planned and committed, what the killers did and thought about afterward, what kinds of fantasies they had, and what they did before the next incident.
Edmund Kemper was among the 36 men who agreed to be interviewed, and Ressler had edmund kemper hair-raising story about it. (Kemper has told private correspondents, who related it to this author, that he sneers at these tales and that a psychiatrist who visited him tells the same story in some attempt to make it seem as if these interviews were truly dangerous.
On the other hand, he may well have done this with several people simply because he enjoyed playing this trick. Chenry relates a similar story about a female correspondent who may have reminded Kemper of Sara Hallett.) Ressler, who includes a photo of himself posing with Kemper, says that at the end of his third interview at Vacaville Prison, Kemper made his move. In two previous visits, Ressler says that he was accompanied by someone else, but this time, he thought that he had achieved a rapport with Kemper, so he ventured in alone.
They ended up in a small, locked cell near death row for four hours. Ressler finally used a button to summon a guard, but no one came. He continued to talk and press the button, edmund kemper still no one came. He says that Kemper was sensitive to his psyche and he believed he must have appeared apprehensive, for he claimed that Kemper told him to relax and then said, "If I went apeshit in here, you'd be in a lot of trouble, wouldn't you?
I could edmund kemper your head off and place it on the table to greet the guard." Ressler mentally sparred with him, trying to buy time and hoping to give the impression that he had a way to defend himself.
Eventually the guard came, and Kemper said that he had merely been kidding, but Ressler never again went alone to an interview with him. Douglastoo, describes an encounter in Mindhunterindicating that he and Ressler did several prison interviews over the years with Kemper, and he offers quite a bit of detailed information about Kemper, having found him to be among the brightest prison inmates he'd ever interviewed. Assessment of Edmund Kemper Douglas offers a detailed impression of Kemper.
Indeed, he was surprised that Kemper had even agreed to talk with them. Douglas thought he was merely curious about them and their agenda. His first impression was that the killer was enormous. "He could easily have broken any of us in two." But it was also clear that Kemper was well above average in intelligence, with a high degree of self-awareness. He apparently also liked to talk; Douglas indicates that Kemper talked with them for several hours. Because they had researched his file in detail and knew about his crimes, he soon realized that they were aware when he was attempting to deceive them.
Ultimately, he relaxed and talked openly. Kemper seemed distant and analytical to Douglasand wasn't emotionally moved except when he referred to his mother's treatment of him. He believed that because he looked like his father, she hated him and used him as a target for her frustrations. He claimed that his mother made him sleep in a windowless basement because she was afraid he would molest his sister. In this dark place, he said, he allowed his hatred of women to fester and grow.
His mother made him feel dangerous and shameful, so he had killed the two family cats. As he edmund kemper up, his feelings only intensified, although he continued to live with his mother - the person he most hated.
Because he had learned about psychological assessment in such detail, he knew how to describe himself in the proper psychiatric jargon. "He knew all the buzzwords," writes Douglas. What edmund kemper Douglas and Ressler most was the way in which Kemper saw what he was doing to people as a game.
He figured out the best ways to put girls at ease and to make them believe they were safe. "This type of information," Douglas writes, "would start suggesting something important: the normal common-sense assumptions, verbal cues, body language, and so on that we use to size up another people.often don't apply to sociopaths." Listening to Kemper, Douglas summed up his approach and his ultimate goals: "manipulation, domination, control." Douglas also pointed out the central role of violent fantasies for the sexual predator.
Kemper had developed fantasies early in his life, which had given him a chance to rehearse for years the relationship between sex and death. To edmund kemper another person meant to take his edmund kemper her life. Kemper's confession confirmed this, as he stated that he wanted his victims to belong to him completely. It was his way of edmund kemper back at kids who had shunned him throughout his childhood.
Ultimately, however, his "overriding fantasy" was to be rid of his mother. He told Douglas that before he started killing anyone, he would go quietly into his mother's bedroom while she was asleep and envision hitting her with a hammer. Given what Kemper has said about her, Douglas felt that Clarnell had helped to make him into a serial killer who was in fact practicing on others before aiming his frustration at his true target. Even so, Douglas admitted that he had liked Ed.
"He was friendly, open, sensitive, and had a good sense of humor." He believed that Kemper's enjoyment of dismemberment was fetishistic rather than sadistic, but Dr. Donald Lunde offered a different view in Murder and Madness.
Psychiatric View of Edmund Kemper Lunde was in the thick of the fear and hysteria in Santa Cruz as he assessed John Linley Frasier and Herb Mullin. He was also called in to the Kemper case and was allowed access by Kemper's defense attorney to the trial transcripts. To Lunde, Kemper, unlike Mullin or Frasier, seemed like a man who had complete awareness of what he was doing and had fully relished its perversion.
He believed that Kemper's sexual aggression stemmed from childhood anger and violent fantasies. Lunde found Kemper's ambivalent relationship with his mother to be common among sexual sadists, and they generally bring the killing of their mother into their fantasy world. The act of killing becomes a powerful aspect of sexual arousal. Kemper's anger began early, Lunde writes, when he was separated from his father. He laid the full blame for that on his mother, although she had expressed concern about the lack of a father figure in his life.
Lunde also recorded incidents remembered by Kemper's younger sister. "He would stage his own execution in the form of a childhood game, in which he had her lead him to a chair, blindfold him, and pull an imaginary lever, after which he would writhe about as if dying in a gas chamber." Kemper had told Lunde about his strong interest in weapons and his desire to kill women.
Instead, he killed cats. "He also imagined such things as killing everyone in town and having sexual relations with corpses." While he apparently longed for a relationship with a female, he felt so inadequate that he decided he could only engage in one form of activity with them: killing them. He would also have sex with the corpses. Lunde lamented the fact that the years Kemper had spent in a psychiatric institution as a boy had failed to prevent him from becoming such a violent and dangerous person.
"There may be a point in the sexual sadist's development," he says, "beyond which sexual and violent aggressive impulses are inextricably edmund kemper Effective treatment would have had to have taken place much earlier during his childhood. Yet it's difficult to identify such children, because they generally engage in their fantasies secretly and deny they are guilty of the petty offenses they commit.
Kemper is among those serial killers who have freely offered an extravagant amount of detail about his crimes and his fantasies.
Despite how disturbing his revelations are, we can be grateful that we know more about the development of a sexual predator from his accounts.
All text that appears in this section was provided by www.crimelibrary.com (the very best source for serial killer information on the internet). Serialkillercalendar.com thanks the crime library for their tireless efforts in recording our dark past commends them on the amazing job they have done thus far). SerialKillerCalendar.com EDMUND KEMPER Edmund kemper Front Page Detective Magazine March 1974 By MARJ von BEROLDINGEN Just a few hours after California's mass murderer Edmund Kemper, 24, was convicted on eight counts of first degree murder, he kept a promise and granted me an exclusive interview.
It was not my first person-to-person talk with the young killer. As a reporter assigned to cover the grisly murder investigation ( I’ll Show You Where I Buried the Pieces of Their Bodies, August INSIDE, 1973) and the trial, I had, by chance, chatted with him a few weeks before his trial, as he was waiting at the Santa Cruz County courthouse for a conference with his lawyer.
I wrote edmund kemper story about our meeting and my impressions of him and he liked it, thus came his promise of an interview once the trial was ended. Kemper had warned me the court hearings on the gory sex-killings of six coeds and the subsequent murders of his mother and her best friend probably would turn my stomach.
They did. As a sex-starved young man in what should have been a peak of his virility, he 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 edmund kemper 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 edmund kemper 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 Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa whom he stabbed to death May 7, 1972, after he picked them up in Berkeley.
"I edmund kemper full intentions of killing them. I would loved to have raped them, but not having any experience at edmund kemper he trailed off. He disclosed that, despite the fact he killed Miss Pesce, she had awakened a feeling of edmund kemper in him that none of his other victims did. "I was really quite struck by her personality and her looks and there was just almost a reverence there," he said. Kemper decapitated the girls' corpses, burying Miss Pesce's body in a redwood grove along a mountain highway and casting that of Miss Luchessa out in the brush on edmund kemper hillside.
He kept their heads for a time and then hurled them down a steep slope of a ravine. The girls were listed as "missing persons" for months until Miss Pesce's head was found by hikers and, subsequently, identified through dental charts. Kemper later led investigators to the grave where he had buried her. "Sometimes, afterward, I visited there .
to be near her . because I loved her and wanted her," edmund kemper said on the witness stand. Miss Luchessa's head and body never were found. A month after Miss Pesce's head was discovered, Edmund kemper chose another victim. Beautiful Aiko Koo, 15, a talented Oriental dancer, was hitchhiking from her home in Berkeley to a dance class in San Francisco. She never arrived.
Kemper literally snuffed out her life in the darkness of an isolated spot in the mountains above the city of Santa Cruz. Her mouth was taped shut and he pinched her nostrils together until she suffocated. Then he raped her inert body and put it in the trunk of his car. A few miles away, he stopped at a country bar "for a few beers." Before going into the bar, he opened the trunk to make sure she was dead.
He told edmund kemper "I suppose as I was standing there looking, I was doing one of those triumphant things, too, admiring my work and admiring her beauty, and I might say admiring my catch like a fisherman." Kemper edmund kemper spoke of a sense of exultation in his killings: "I just wanted the exaltation over the party. In other words, winning over death. They were dead and I was alive. That was the victory in my case." He said of the act of decapitation, "I remember it was very exciting … there was actually a sexual thrill … It was kind of an exalted triumphant type thing, like taking the head of a deer or an elk or something would be to a hunter.
"I was the hunter and they were the victims." On the witness stand, though, Kemper testified that "death never entered as a factor" in the coed killings. He said: "Alive, they were distant, not sharing with edmund kemper. I was trying to establish a relationship and there was no relationship there. "When they were being killed, there wasn't anything going on in my mind except that they were going to be mine .
That was the only way they could be mine." (Kemper testified that as a child of eight he had killed his pet cat, which had transferred its affections to his two sisters, "to make it mine.") His desire to possess the coeds led Kemper even further than murder, he revealed in court. In edmund kemper fantasies he literally made two of the girls "a part of me" by eating "parts of them." Of all his coed victims he said: "They were like spirit wives.
I still had their spirits. I still have them," he declared in the courtroom. Kemper did not kill again until after he bought a .22-caliber pistol in January of this year. "I went bananas after I got that .22," he told me. The day he bought it he fatally shot coed Cynthia Schall, a 19-year-old Santa Cruz girl, in the trunk of his car.
He carried her body into his mother's apartment near Santa Cruz, kept it in his bedroom closet over night and dissected it in the bathtub the next day while his mother was at work. He buried the girl's head in the back yard "with her face turned toward my bedroom window and, sometimes at night, I talked to her, saying love things, the way you do to a girlfriend or wife." Less than a month later, Kemper picked up two girls, Rosalind Thorpe, 23, and Alice Liu, 21, on edmund kemper campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).
He shot them both to death in the car before driving off campus and later cut off their heads in the trunk of his car while it was parked in the street in front of his mother's apartment. He told investigators the killings came on an impulse bom out of anger with his mother. "My mother and I had had a real tiff. I was pissed. I told her I was going to a movie and I jumped up and went straight to the campus because it was still early.
"I said, the first girl that's halfway decent that I pick up, I'm gonna blow her brains out," he edmund kemper.
Kemper's final killings were those of his mother, Mrs. Clarnell Strandberg, 52, and her best friend, Mrs. Sara Hallett, 59, in his mother's apartment on Easter weekend. Then he began a cross-country flight, in a rented car loaded with guns and ammunition, that ended in a decision to surrender, "so I wouldn't kill again." On April 24, 1973, he was arrested in a public telephone booth in Pueblo, Colo., after he had called policemen he knew in Santa Cruz to say he was the coed killer and told them where to find the bodies of his mother and Mrs.
Hallett. The afternoon I went to see Kemper in the Santa Cruz County jail where he was being kept pending sentencing the next morning, I expected to talk to him for an hour or so, in the presence of a jailer. Instead, I spent over five hours alone with him, locked up in a tiny glass-walled room within sight but not sound of the jailer's desk.
Though he wore manacles on his ankles, his hands were free. Disarming as he is at times, more than once during the long afternoon I was reminded that I was sitting face to face with a six-foot, nine-inch 255-pound giant who had murdered and mutilated six coeds, beaten his sleeping mother to death with a hammer and strangled his mother's best friend in a matter of seconds. The frequent traffic of jailers and inmates past the glass wall was reassuring comfort. My edmund kemper with Kemper was an unforgettable experience, inducing a collage of feelings.
As he talked on and on, he was many things. - A lonely young man, grateful for companionship on the eve of what was certainly to be his last day outside prison. - An angry and bitter sibling recalling what he felt was rejection and a lack of love from a divorced father who "cared more for his second family than he did us." - A son who alternately hated and "loved" a mother he described as a "manhater" who had three husbands and "took her violent hatred of my father out on me." - A sometimes wry and boastful raconteur, chronicling the events of his life and a person quick to see the humorous side of things and laugh, even if the joke is on him.
- An anguished and remorseful killer when speaking of the coeds whose bodies he had sexually assaulted after death and of the "pain" he had caused their families. "The day those fathers [of the Pesce and Luchessa girls] testified in court was very hard for me .
I felt terrible. I wanted to talk to them about their daughters, comfort them . Edmund kemper what could I say?" Kemper also was a person who momentarily precipitated in me a flush of terror and then allayed my misgivings by faultlessly assuming the role of the gracious host.
He talked about the jury's verdict that morning. He had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to each of the killings. Court-appointed psychiatrists, called to testify by the prosecution, described Kemper as suffering from a "personality disorder," but said he was not criminally insane by California's legal standards. One doctor called Kemper a "sadistic sex maniac." The jury found Kemper was guilty and sane.
He didn't disagree with the jury's verdict. "I really wasn't surprised when it came out that way," he said. "There was just no way they could find me insane . Society just isn't ready for that yet. Ten or 20 years from now they would have, but they're not going to take a chance." But he expressed regret that the "sane" verdict would mean he would go to prison, instead of possibly returning to Atascadero state hospital.
Kemper spent five years at Atascadero edmund kemper he murdered his grandparents in 1964 at the age of 15. He recalled with pride the job he'd held there as head of the psychological testing lab at the age of 19 and working directly under the hospital's chief psychologist. He said: "I felt I definitely could have done a lot of good there, helping people return to the streets .
I could have fit in there quicker than anybody else. "After all," he explained, "I grew up there. That used to be like my home. "Basically, I was born there, you know. I have a lot of fond memories of the place . And I don't know anybody else who has," he added with a rueful laugh.
It was there that he became a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. During his trial, he wore his edmund kemper pin in his lapel, apparently with pride. Because of his intelligence and ability, he apparently was a valuable aide in psychological testing and research. "I helped to develop some new tests and some new scales on MMPI.
You've probably heard of it . the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory," he said with a chuckle. "I helped to develop a new scale on that, the 'Overt Hostility Scale'. How's that for a." He groped for a word. "Ironic?" I suggested. "Ironic note," he agreed. "There we go, it was an ironic note that I helped to develop that scale and then look what happened to me when I got back out on the streets." Though Kemper edmund kemper give me a positive answer to why he did what he did, he partly blamed society, the courts and his parents as well, saying: "I didn't have the supervision I should have had once I got out.
I was supposed to see my parole officer every other week and a social worker the other week. "I never did. I think if I had, I would have made it. "Two weeks after I was on the streets, I got scared because I hadn't seen anyone.
"Finally, I called the district parole office and asked if I was doing something wrong. was I supposed to go to my parole officer, or would he come to see me, I asked." Kemper said the man on the phone asked him, "What's the matter, you got a problem?" When Kemper told him, "no," the man replied, "Well, we're awfully busy with people who have; we'll get to you." Kemper blamed the court for counteracting the plan of Atascadero doctors to release him in stages geared to get him accustomed to the world outside again.
He said they planned to send him to a "halfway house" environment where he would still have counseling, have a chance to get acquainted with girls at social functions and become aware of persons in his own age group. "When I got out on the street it was like being on a strange planet. People my age were not talking the same language. I had been living with people older than I was for so long edmund kemper I was an old fogey." Instead, Kemper was sent to a California Youth Authority institution by court order, only to be released abruptly five months later, paroled to the custody of a mother who was "an alcoholic and constantly bitched and screamed at me." Kemper looked down at his hands and said, "She loved me in her way and despite all the violent screaming and yelling arguments we had, I loved her, too." "But," he continued, "she had to manage your life.
and interfere in your personal affairs." He said his mother was a "big, ugly, awkward woman who was six feet edmund kemper and she was always trying to get me to go out with girls who were just like her. friends of hers from the campus." (His mother was an administrative assistant at UCSC.) "I may not be so much to look at myself," Kemper said with a laugh, "but I have always gone after pretty girls." All of his hitchhiking coed victims were pretty and, with the exception of one girl, were small and delicate in stature.
Of his father, he said, "he didn't want me around, because I upset his second wife. Before I went to Atascadero, my presence gave her migraine headaches; when I came out she was going to have a heart attack if I came around." It was because of that, Kemper said, that he was "shipped off" to his paternal grandparents to live in "complete isolation" on a California mountain top with "my senile grandfather" and "my grandmother who thought she had more balls than any man and was constantly emasculating me and my grandfather to prove it.
"I couldn't please her. It was like being in jail. I became a walking time bomb and I finally blew . It was like that the second time, with my mother." Kemper laughed as he recalled an incident with his grandmother when she left him home alone one day but took his grandfather's .45 automatic with her in her purse, because she was afraid he might "play" around with it in her absence.
His grandparents were going to Fresno on a monthly shopping trip. He recalled: "I saw her big black pocketbook bulging as she went out the door and I said to myself, 'Why that old bitch, she's taking the gun with her, because she doesn't trust me, even though I promised I wouldn't touch it.'" He said he looked in his grandfather's bureau drawer and "sure enough the gun was gone from its usual place. "I toyed with the idea of calling the chief of police in Fresno and telling him 'there's a little old lady walking around town with a forty-five in her purse and she's planning a holdup' and then give him my grandmother's description." He laughed appreciatively at the idea and asked me: "How do you suppose she would have talked herself out of that?" There were moments, prior to her death, when he felt like punishing his mother, too.
Kemper told investigators he had killed his mother to spare her the suffering and shame that knowledge of his crimes would bring. But, he said, as he sat in the little room with me: "There were times when she was bitching and yelling at me that I felt like retaliating and walking over to the telephone in her presence and calling the police, to say, 'Hello, I'm the coed killer,' just to lay it on her." Kemper's testimony in court revealed his desire to punish his mother did not end with the fatal hammer blow.
He cut off his mother's head, "put it on a shelf and screamed at it for an hour . threw darts at it," and ultimately, "smashed her face in," he recalled for the horrified court. Once during the long afternoon, a deputy brought us in some coffee. Another one came to inquire if Kemper needed any medication.
(Under doctor's orders he was allowed to edmund kemper tranquillizers as required and sleeping pills at night.) The jail nurse also came in while I was there and changed the bandage on his wrist where he had slashed an artery in one of his four suicide attempts after his arrest. "Would you like to see my wound," he said, holding his arm out to me.
(The cutting instrument he had used to make the suicidal incision had been fashioned from the metal casing of a ball point pen I had given him. Jailers at the neighboring San Mateo county jail, where he was kept for security reasons after two suicide attempts in Santa Cruz, had failed to remove the pen from his folder of papers when Kemper returned from court.) He had previously assured me, "It's not your fault." He tried to explain his suicide attempts, saying that he did not have a suicidal feeling when he was first "locked up." Then the "kindness and respect with which I was treated by the people [jail personnel] after a while started to get to me .
"I started feeling like I didn't deserve all that edmund kemper treatment after what I had done . and I guess that's why I started cutting myself up." Kemper also talked about his previous statements that, if he were sent to prison he would kill someone so he could die in the gas chamber, and indicated he had had a change of heart. "I guess you heard me say that I wanted to kill 'Herbie' Mullin, my fellow mass murderer," he said. (The Mullin story, Chalk Up Another for Mr.
Kill-Crazy, appeared in the June, 1973, issue of INSIDE DETECTIVE.) "Well, there was a time when I thought it would be a good solution for everyone. "It would be good for society and save everyone a bundle of money. Instead of spending thousands and thousands of dollars to lock the two of us up for life to protect us from people and people from us." Kemper had edmund kemper investigators and psychiatrists he thought he would kill again if he ever were released.
He also admitted under cross examination by District Attorney Peter Chang that he had fantasized killing "thousands of people," including Chang himself. He said: "I figured that if I killed him [Mullin] and then they sent me to the gas chamber, it would be a good solution to the problem.
"I know I'd never get a chance to though edmund kemper I don't have any intention of killing him or anyone else." (Mullin was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and eight counts of second degree murder in the shooting deaths of ten edmund kemper he killed during a 21-day rampage early in 1973 in Santa Cruz County. Five of the victims were complete strangers to him. He said he killed three others in 1972.) Kemper and Mullin were next-door neighbors in their security prisoner cellblock at the San Mateo County jail before Mullin was tried and convicted.
Kemper made no secret of his disdain for Mullin from the first moment of their meeting in San Mateo. "You're a edmund kemper killer," he taunted him. During Kemper's trial, under questioning from Chang, Kemper admitted he had thrown water through the cell bars onto Mullin to "shut him up when he was disturbing everybody by singing off-key in his high-pitched, squeaky voice." Kemper added, though, "When he was a good boy, I gave him peanuts.
He liked peanuts." Kemper said of the alternate water treatment and the peanuts, "It was behavioral modification treatment. The jailers were very pleased with me." “You know, though," Kemper told me, as he looked out of the window in the little room, "It really sticks edmund kemper my craw that Mullin only got two 'firsts' and I got eight. "He was just a cold-blooded killer, running over a three-week period killing everybody he saw for no good reason." He paused for a moment, then broke into laughter, saying, "I guess that's kind of hilarious, my sitting here so self-righteously talking, like that, after what I've done." When Kemper assured me that he had given up thoughts of trying to take his own life again, I asked him what he planned to do with the rest of his years in prison.
He told me he knew he would be locked up in tight security for the first few years and that he thought he would try to do a lot edmund kemper reading and studying.
"I've always loved science and math," he said, "and I'd also like to study French and German. ”After that, I hope, I can find a way to help other people. . Maybe they can study me and find out what makes people like me do the things they do." (The next morning. Judge Harry F. Brauer sentenced Kemper to life in prison and told him he was going to recommend "in the strongest terms possible" that Kemper not be released for "the rest of your natural life.") One relationship that obviously has touched Kemper is that with Bruce Colomy, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy.
Colomy has been with Kemper more than any other officer, transporting him to and from San Mateo County Jail to Santa Cruz for court appearances and remaining with him at all times when he was out of his cell. Kemper said of Colomy, only a few years older than himself, "He's more like a father to me than anyone I have ever known . He's like the father I wish I had had." (Deputy Colomy told me later that one of the last things Kemper did before he left the Santa Cruz courthouse for state prison was to remove his cherished Junior Chamber of Commerce membership pin from his coat lapel "and give it to me." The deputy edmund kemper, "Ed looked at it for a long time and tears came to his eyes.
Then he handed it to me and said, 'Here, I want you to have it.'") For all of his seeming ability to relate to people in an animated and warm exchange, Kemper also has the ability to withdraw without edmund kemper into a kind of frightening reverie, reliving his acts of violence.
I watched it happen. He had paused in his outpouring of talk about himself and looked at me curiously. "You haven't asked the questions I expected a reporter to ask," he said. "What do you mean," I replied. "Give me some examples." He drawled, "Oh, what is it like to have sex with a dead body? . What does it feel like to sit on your living room couch and look over and see two decapitated girls' heads on the arm of the couch?" (He interjected an unsolicited answer: "The first time, it makes you sick to your stomach.") He continued, "What do you think, now, when you see a pretty girl walking down the street?" Again, an unsolicited answer: "One side of me says, 'Wow, what an attractive chick.
I'd like to talk to her, date her.' "The other side of me says, "I wonder how her head would look on a stick?'" (The public edmund kemper appointed as Kemper's attorney told jurors in his closing argument: "There are two people locked up in the body of this young giant, edmund kemper good and one evil. One is fighting to be here with us and the other is slipping off to his own little world of fantasy where he is happy." "Oh, for God's sake, Ed," I said, just a trifle piqued by the feeling he was putting me on and hoping that was it, "the jury found you legally sane and I agree with that.
But, at the same time, I can't help but believe that, as you yourself said, you must have been sick when you did the things you did. Kemper, himself, earlier had told me he thought his actions were that of a "demented person." "In my estimation," I continued, "it doesn't make any more sense to ask a delirious patient what he's thinking than it would to ask you what you were thinking when these things were going on." Despite that, for the first time, he began to detail to me how he killed one of edmund kemper victims.
The illustration he chose made me even more uncomfortable. It was the killing of Mrs. Hallett, not a coed but a mature woman, like me. Kemper straightened up in his chair and began a graphic description. "I came up behind her and crooked my arm around her neck, like this," he said, bending his powerful arm in front of himself at chin level.
"I squeezed and just lifted her off the floor. She just hung there and, for a moment, I didn't realize she was dead . I had broken her neck and her head was just wobbling around with the bones of her neck disconnected in the skin sack of her neck." He began to wobble his head around, never changing the position of his arms and gazing fixedly at me.
His jail-pale face edmund kemper become slightly flushed, his eyes glazed, his breath coming a little quickly and he stuttered almost imperceptibly as, he spoke. "Holy Christ," I said to myself, "what am I doing here?" I reached for a cigarette in my pocket and said the first thing that came into my mind to try and change the subject without showing I was upset. "Have you always been so strong, Ed," I asked in a nonchalant tone.
"No," he replied. "As a matter of fact." he relaxed and then we were off and talking about other more comfortable topics. The sky outside the windows of the little room had grown dark and I made efforts to leave, saying I had been "virtually incommunicado all day as far as my family was concerned and they would wonder why I had not arrived for dinner." Kemper was reluctant for me to go.
"Well, you can always tell them later, you have been over talking with Ed Kemper all afternoon," he laughed. As it turned out, though, I stayed for dinner with Ed. The trusty had brought his dinner and it was getting cold. When I insisted that we should stop talking and that Kemper should eat, the jailer invited me to stay for dinner. "Big Ed" urged me to accept and I did. He carried the trays into the little room himself and arranged them on the desk chairs. We chatted as we ate and he was the host.
He ate hungrily and I noticed he had finished his rice with meat sauce. I had more than I could eat, so I offered to share. What seemed like a large portion to me must have been but a morsel to a large man like him. He gratefully accepted the added food, but cautioned me as I scraped it from my tray on to his, "Save some for yourself." I gave him my milk as well, saying, "I really hate milk, you can have it." "Do you?" he said.
"I love it." When dinner was over, I said I must go and, when he got up and proceeded toward the door, I said, "Do you think you could knock on the window and get the jailer to spring me, Ed?" He laughed and replied, "I'll try." He stood in the doorway, his hair brushing the top of the door jamb, watching me leave, as if he were graciously bidding a guest goodbye from his home.
He said to a deputy, "Could I have some matches?" (I had been lighting his cigarets all afternoon with my lighter.) The sergeant on duty at the desk said to the deputy, "He can't have any matches, but light his cigarette for him." Kemper looked at me edmund kemper grinned like a teenager. "Yesterday," he said, "I had matches, but isn't it funny when you're convicted, you immediately become combustible." "Well, Ed," I retorted, "if you'd learn to stay out of trouble, you wouldn't find yourself in these predicaments." "Right on," he said, with a final salute of his hand and a smile.
Burbank, California, U.S. Other names Co-ed Killer Co-ed Butcher Ogre of Aptos The Mad Titan Big Ed Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Conviction(s) First-degree murder Criminal charge no charge (1964 arrest, 2 homicides "incomprehensible for a 15-year-old to commit"), 8 counts of murder (1973 arrest) Penalty Eight life sentences ( concurrent) Details Victims 10 Date apprehended August 27, 1964 (first arrest) April 24, 1973 (second arrest) Imprisoned at California Medical Facility Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948) is an American serial killer who murdered six college students before murdering his mother and her best friend from September 1972 to April 1973, following his parole for murdering his paternal grandparents.
Kemper was nicknamed the Co-ed Killer, as most of his victims were female college students hitchhiking in the vicinity of Santa Cruz County, California.
He is noted for his height of 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) and his intellect, possessing an IQ of 145. Most of his murders included necrophilia, with occasional incidents of rape.   Born in Burbank, California, Kemper had a troubled upbringing.
His parents divorced in early life; as a child, he moved to Montana with his mother Clarnell, edmund kemper locked Kemper in their basement which had been frequented by rats. He ran away to reunite with his father, but was left behind in North Fork, California, on Christmas Day in 1963, where he murdered his paternal grandparents when at the age of 15. Following the murders, Kemper was briefly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by court psychiatrists and sentenced to the Atascadero State Hospital as a criminally insane juvenile.
Released at the age of 21 after convincing psychiatrists he was rehabilitated, Kemper was regarded as non-threatening by his future victims.
He targeted young female hitchhikers during his killing spree, luring them into his vehicle and driving them to secluded areas where he would murder them before taking their corpses back to his home to be decapitated, dismembered, and violated. Kemper then murdered his mother and one of her friends before turning himself in to the authorities. Found sane and guilty at his trial in 1973, Kemper requested the death penalty for his crimes. Capital punishment was suspended in California at the time, and he instead received eight concurrent life sentences.
Since then, he has been incarcerated in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.  In a terrible coincidence for the people of the greater Santa Cruz region, Kemper and Herbert Mullin overlapped in their 1972 to 1973 murder sprees, adding confusion to the police investigations and ending with both being arrested, within a few weeks of each other, after the deaths of 21 people.
 Contents • 1 Early life • 2 First murders • 2.1 Imprisonment • 3 Release and time between murders • 4 Later murders edmund kemper 4.1 Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa • 4.2 Aiko Koo • 4.3 Cindy Schall • 4.4 Rosalind Thorpe and Allison Liu • 4.5 Clarnell (Kemper) Strandberg and Sally Hallett • 5 Trial • 6 Imprisonment • 7 In popular culture • 8 See also • 9 References • 10 Bibliography • 11 External links Early life [ edit ] Edmund Emil Kemper III was born in Burbank, California, on December 18, 1948.
 He was the middle child and only son born to Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper ( née Stage, 1921–1973) and Edmund Emil Kemper Jr. (1919–1985).   Edmund Jr. was a World War II veteran who, after the war, tested nuclear weapons at the Pacific Proving Grounds before returning to California, where he worked as an electrician.
  Clarnell often complained about her husband's "menial" electrician job.  Edmund Jr. later stated that "suicide missions in wartime and the atomic bomb testings were nothing compared to living with [Clarnell]" and that she affected him "more than three hundred and ninety-six days and nights of fighting on the front did."  Weighing 13 pounds (5.9 kg) as a newborn, Kemper was a head taller than his peers by the age of four.
 Early on, he exhibited antisocial behavior such as torture of insects  and cruelty to animals: at the age of 10, he buried a pet cat alive; once it died, he dug it up, decapitated it, and mounted its head on a spike.   Kemper later stated that he derived pleasure from successfully lying to his family about killing the cat.
 At the age of 13, he killed another family cat when he perceived it to be favoring his younger sister, Allyn Lee Kemper (b. 1951), over him; he kept pieces of it in his closet until his mother found them.   Kemper had a dark fantasy life. He performed rites with his younger sister's dolls that culminated in his removing their heads and hands;  on one occasion, when his elder sister, Susan Hughey Kemper (1943–2014), teased him and asked why he did not try to kiss his teacher, he replied, "If I kiss her, I'd have to kill her first."  He also recalled that as a young boy, he would sneak out of his house and, armed with his edmund kemper bayonet, go to his second-grade teacher's house to watch her through the windows.
 He stated in later interviews that some of his favorite games to play as a child were "Gas Chamber" and "Electric Chair", in which he asked his younger sister to tie him up and flip an imaginary switch; he would then tumble over and writhe on the floor, pretending that he was being executed by gas inhalation or electric shock.
 He also had close-to-death experiences as a child: once, when his elder sister tried to push him in front of a train and another time when she successfully pushed him into the deep end of a swimming pool, where he almost drowned.
 Kemper had a close relationship with his father and was notably devastated when his parents divorced in 1957, causing him to be raised by Clarnell in Helena, Montana.
He had a severely dysfunctional relationship with his mother, a neurotic, domineering alcoholic who frequently belittled, humiliated, and abused him.  Clarnell often made her son sleep in a locked basement because she feared that he would harm his sisters,  regularly mocked him for his large size—he stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) by the age edmund kemper 15 —and derided him as "a real weirdo"  in a phone conversation to Edmund kemper father, unaware that her son had been eavesdropping.
She also refused to show him affection out of fear that she would "turn him gay"  and told the young Kemper that he reminded her of his father and that no woman would ever love him.
  Kemper later described her as a "sick angry woman,"  and it has been postulated that she suffered from borderline personality disorder.  At the age of 14, Kemper ran away from home in an attempt to reconcile with his father in Van Nuys, California.  Once there, he learned that his father had remarried and had a stepson. Kemper stayed with his father for a short while until the elder Kemper sent him to live with his paternal grandparents, who lived on a ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Road 224, about two miles west of the town of North Fork.
  Kemper hated living in North Fork; he described his grandfather as " senile" and said that his grandmother "was constantly emasculating me and my grandfather."  However, he made friends for a short while with David "Mike" Dozier, who lived a short distance away and was about the same age. According to Dozier and his mother Elena, he stopped spending time with Kemper, whom he called "Guy", after the Doziers' cat and Elena's pillowcase went missing.
Dozier disavowed any knowledge of what happened to the cat and the pillowcase. Edmund kemper a curiosity, he gave his future wife a fifty-cent piece that had the eye of the eagle precisely drilled edmund kemper by Kemper. First murders [ edit ] On August 27, 1964, at the age of 15, Kemper was sitting at the kitchen table with his grandmother Maude Matilda Hughey Kemper (b.
1897) when they had an argument. Enraged, Kemper stormed off and retrieved a rifle that his grandfather had given him for hunting; the rifle had been confiscated because he used it to needlessly shoot animals. He then re-entered the kitchen and fatally shot his grandmother in the head before firing twice more into her back. His grandmother's last words were, “Oh, you’d better not be shooting the birds again.”  Some accounts mention that she also suffered multiple post-mortem stab wounds with a kitchen knife.
  When Kemper's grandfather, Edmund Emil Kemper Sr. (b. 1892), returned from grocery shopping, Kemper went outside and fatally shot him in the driveway next to his car.  He was unsure of what to do next, so he phoned his mother, who told him to contact the local police. Kemper did so and waited to be taken into custody.  After his arrest, Kemper said that he "just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma" and testified that he killed his grandfather so he would not have to find out that his wife was dead, and that he would be angry with Kemper for what he'd done.
  Psychiatrist Donald Lunde, who interviewed Kemper during adulthood, wrote, "In his way, he had avenged the rejection of both his father and his mother."  Kemper's crimes were deemed incomprehensible for a 15-year-old to commit, and court psychiatrists diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic.
He was sent to Atascadero State Hospital, a maximum-security facility in San Luis Obispo County that houses mentally ill convicts.  Imprisonment [ edmund kemper ] At Atascadero, California Youth Authority psychiatrists and social workers disagreed with the court psychiatrists' diagnoses.
Their reports stated that Kemper showed "no flight of ideas, no interference with thought, no expression of delusions or hallucinations, and no evidence of bizarre thinking."  They also observed him to be intelligent and introspective.
Initial testing measured his IQ at 136, over two standard deviations above average.  Kemper was re-diagnosed with a less severe condition, a " personality trait disturbance, passive-aggressive type."  Later on in his time at Atascadero, he was given another IQ test, which gave a higher result of 145.   Kemper endeared himself to his psychiatrists by being a model prisoner, and he was trained to administer psychiatric tests to other inmates.
  One of his psychiatrists later said, "He was a very good worker[,] and this is not typical of a sociopath. He really took pride in his work."  Kemper also became a member of the Jaycees while in Atascadero and claimed to have developed "some new tests and some new scales on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory," specifically an "Overt Hostility Scale," during his work with Atascadero psychiatrists.
 After his second arrest, Kemper said that being edmund kemper to understand how these tests functioned allowed him to manipulate his psychiatrists, admitting that he learned a lot from the sex offenders to whom he administered tests; for example, they told him that to avoid leaving witnesses, it was best to kill a woman after raping her.  Release and time between murders [ edit ] On December 18, 1969, his 21st birthday, Kemper was released on parole from Atascadero.
 Against the recommendations of psychiatrists at the hospital,  he was released into the care of his mother Clarnell—who had remarried, taken the surname Strandberg, and then divorced again—at 609 A Ord Street, Aptos, California, a short drive from where she worked as an administrative assistant at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).  Kemper later demonstrated further to his psychiatrists that he was rehabilitated, and on November 29, 1972, his juvenile records were permanently expunged.
 The last report from his edmund kemper psychiatrists read: If I were to see this patient without having any history available or edmund kemper any history from him, I would think that we're dealing with a very well adjusted young man who had initiative, intelligence and who was free of any psychiatric illnesses .
It is my opinion that he has made a very excellent response to the years of treatment and rehabilitation and I would see no psychiatric reason to consider him to be of any danger to himself or to any member of society edmund kemper. [and] since it may allow him more freedom as an adult to develop his potential, I would consider it reasonable to have a permanent expunction of his juvenile records.
 While staying with his mother, Kemper attended community college in accordance with his parole requirements and had hoped to become a police officer, though he was rejected because of his size—at the time of his release from Atascadero, Kemper stood 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall—which led to his nickname, "Big Ed".  Kemper maintained relationships with Santa Cruz police officers despite his rejection to join the force and became a self-described "friendly nuisance"  at a bar called the Jury Room, a popular hangout for local cops.
 Kemper worked a series of menial jobs before gaining employment with the State of California Division of Highways (now known as edmund kemper California Department of Transportation).  During this time, his relationship with Clarnell remained toxic and hostile, the two having frequent arguments that their neighbors often overheard.  Kemper later described the arguments he had with his mother around this time, stating the following: My mother and I started right in on horrendous battles, just edmund kemper battles, violent and vicious.
I've never been in such a vicious verbal battle with anyone. It would go to fists with a man but this was my mother and I couldn't stand the thought of my mother and I doing these things. She insisted on it and just over stupid things. I remember one roof-raiser was over whether I should have my teeth cleaned.  When he had saved enough money, Kemper moved out to live with a friend in Alameda.
There, he still complained of being unable to get away from his mother because she regularly phoned him and paid him surprise visits.  He often had financial difficulties, which resulted in his frequently returning to his mother's apartment in Aptos.  At a Santa Cruz beach, Kemper met a student from Turlock High School to whom he became engaged in March 1973.
Edmund kemper engagement was broken off after Kemper's second arrest, and his fiancée's parents requested her name not be revealed to the public.  The same year that he began working for the Highway Division, Kemper was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle that he had recently purchased.
His arm was badly injured in the crash, and he received a $15,000 (about $90,000 in 2019 when adjusted for inflation) settlement in the civil suit he filed against the car's driver. As he was driving around in the 1969 Ford Galaxie he bought with part of his settlement money, he noticed a large number of young women hitchhiking and began storing plastic bags, knives, blankets and handcuffs in his car. He then began picking up young women and peacefully letting them go.
According to Kemper, he picked up around 150 such hitchhikers  before he felt homicidal sexual urges, which he called his "little zapples,"  and began acting on them.
 Later murders [ edit edmund kemper Between May 1972 and April 1973, Kemper killed eight people — all women in their teens or early twenties (with the exception of his mother and her best friend) of various ethnicities. He would pick up female students who were hitchhiking and take them to isolated areas where he would shoot, stab, smother, or strangle them.
He would then take their bodies back to his home, where he decapitated them, performed irrumatio on their severed heads, had sexual intercourse with their corpses, and then dismembered them.  During this 11-month murder spree, Kemper killed five college students, one high school student, his mother, and his mother's best friend. Kemper has stated in interviews that he often searched for victims after having arguments with his mother and that she refused to introduce him to women attending the university where she worked.
He recalled: "She would say, 'You're just like your father. You don't deserve to get to know them'."  Psychiatrists, and Kemper himself, have espoused the belief that the young women were surrogates for his ultimate target: his mother.   Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa [ edit ] Anita Luchessa On May 7, 1972, Kemper was driving in Berkeley, when he picked up two 18-year-old hitchhiking students from Fresno State University, Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Mary Luchessa, with the pretense of taking them to Stanford University.
 After driving for an hour, he managed to reach a secluded wooded area near Alameda, with which he was familiar from his work at the Highway Department, without alerting his passengers that he had changed directions from where they wanted to go.  It was there that he handcuffed Pesce and locked Luchessa in the trunk, then stabbed and strangled Pesce edmund kemper death, subsequently killing Luchessa in a similar manner.
  Kemper later confessed that while handcuffing Pesce, he "brushed the back of [his] edmund kemper against one of her breasts and it embarrassed [him]", adding that he said, "'Whoops, I'm sorry' or something like that" after grazing her breast, despite murdering her minutes later.  Kemper put both of the women's bodies in the trunk of his Ford Galaxie and returned to his apartment.
He was stopped on the way by a police officer for having a broken taillight, but the officer did not detect the corpses in the car.  Kemper's roommate was not at home, so he took the bodies into his apartment, where he photographed and had sexual intercourse with the naked corpses before dismembering them. He then put the body parts into plastic bags, which he later abandoned near Loma Prieta Mountain.   Before disposing of Pesce's and Luchessa's severed heads in a ravine, Kemper engaged in irrumatio with both of them.
 In August of that year, Pesce's skull was found on Loma Prieta Mountain. An extensive search failed to turn up the rest of Pesce's remains or a trace of Luchessa.  Aiko Koo [ edit ] On the evening of September 14, 1972, Kemper picked up a 15-year-old dance student named Aiko Koo, who had decided to hitchhike to a dance class after missing her bus.
 He again drove to a remote area, where he pulled a gun on Koo before accidentally locking himself out of his car. However, Koo let him back inside, despite the fact that the gun was still in the car. Back inside the car, he proceeded to choke her unconscious, rape her, and kill her.  Kemper subsequently packed Koo's body into the trunk of his car and went to a nearby bar to have a few drinks, then returned to his apartment.
He later confessed that after exiting the bar, he opened the trunk of his car, "admiring [his] catch like a fisherman."  Back at his apartment, he had sexual intercourse edmund kemper the corpse, then dismembered and disposed of the remains in a similar manner as his previous two victims.   Koo's mother called the police to report the disappearance of her daughter and put up hundreds of flyers asking for information, but she did not receive any responses regarding her daughter's location or status.
 Cindy Schall [ edit ] On January 7, 1973, Kemper, who had moved back in with his mother, was driving around the Cabrillo College campus when he picked up 18-year-old student Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Schall. He edmund kemper to a wooded area and fatally shot her with a .22 caliber pistol. He then placed her body in the trunk of his car and drove to his mother's house, where he kept her body hidden in a closet in his room overnight.
When his mother left for work the next morning, he had sexual intercourse with and removed the bullet from Schall's corpse, then dismembered and decapitated her in his mother's bathtub.   Kemper kept Schall's severed head for several days, regularly engaging in irrumatio with it,  then buried it in his mother's garden facing upward toward her bedroom.
After his arrest, he stated that he did this because his mother "always wanted people to look up to her."   He discarded the rest of Schall's remains by throwing them off a cliff.   Over the course of the following few weeks, all except Schall's head and right hand were discovered and "pieced together like a macabre jigsaw puzzle." A pathologist determined that Schall had been cut into pieces with a power saw.
 Rosalind Thorpe and Allison Liu [ edit ] On February 5, 1973, after a heated argument with his mother, Kemper left his house in search of possible victims.  With heightened suspicion of a serial killer preying on hitchhikers in the Santa Cruz area, students had been advised to accept rides only from cars with university stickers on them.
Kemper was able to obtain such a sticker, as his mother worked at UCSC.  He encountered 23-year-old Rosalind Heather Thorpe and 20-year-old Alice Helen "Allison" Liu on the UCSC campus. According to Kemper, Thorpe entered his car first, reassuring Liu to also enter.  He first fatally shot Thorpe and then Liu with his pistol and wrapped their bodies in blankets.  Kemper again brought his victims back to his mother's house; this time he beheaded them in his car and carried the headless corpses into his mother's house to have sexual intercourse with them.
 He then dismembered the bodies, removed the bullets to prevent identification, and discarded their remains the next morning.  Some remains were found at Eden Canyon a week later, and more were found near Route 1 in March.
 When questioned edmund kemper an interview edmund kemper to why he decapitated his victims, he explained: "The head trip fantasies were a bit like a trophy. You know, the head is where everything is at, the brain, eyes, mouth.
That's the person. I remember being told as a kid, you cut off the head and the body dies. The body is nothing after the head is cut off . well, that's not quite true, there's a lot left in the girl's body without the head."  Clarnell (Kemper) Strandberg and Sally Hallett [ edit ] On April 20, 1973, after coming home from edmund kemper party, 52-year-old Clarnell Elizabeth Strandberg awakened her son with her arrival.
While sitting in her bed reading a book, she noticed Kemper enter her room and said to him, "I suppose you're going to want to sit up all night and talk now." Kemper replied, "No, good night."  He then waited for her to fall asleep, then he sneaked back into her room to bludgeon her with a claw hammer and slit her throat with a penknife.   He then decapitated her and engaged in irrumatio with her severed head, then used it as a dart board.
Kemper stated that he "put [her head] on a shelf and screamed at it for an hour . threw darts at it," and, ultimately, "smashed her face in."   He also cut out her tongue and larynx and put them in the garbage disposal. However, the garbage disposal could not break down the tough vocal cords and ejected the tissue back into the sink. "That seemed appropriate, as much as she'd bitched and screamed and yelled at me over so many years", Kemper later said.
 Kemper hid his mother's corpse in a closet and went to drink at a nearby bar.  Upon his return, he invited his mother's best friend, 59-year-old Sara Taylor "Sally" Hallett, over to the house to have dinner and watch a movie.
 When Hallett arrived, Kemper strangled her to death to create a cover story that his mother and Hallett had gone away together on vacation.  He subsequently put Hallett's corpse in a closet, obscured any outward signs edmund kemper a disturbance, and left a note to the police. It read: Appx. 5:15 A.M. Saturday. No need for her to suffer any more at the hands of this horrible "murderous Butcher".
It was quick—asleep—the way I wanted it. Not sloppy edmund kemper incomplete, gents. Just a "lack of time". I got things to do!!!  Afterward, Kemper fled the scene. He drove non-stop to Pueblo, Colorado, taking caffeine pills to stay awake for the over 1,000-mile (about 1,600 km) journey. He had three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his car, and he believed he was the target of an active manhunt.
 After not hearing any news on the radio about the murders of his mother and Hallett when he arrived in Pueblo, he found a phone booth and called the police. He confessed to the murders of his mother and Hallett, but the police did not take his call seriously and told him to call back at a later time.  Several hours later, Kemper called again, asking to speak to an officer he personally knew. He confessed to that officer of killing his mother and Hallett, then waited for the police to arrive and take him into custody.
Upon his capture, Kemper also confessed to the murders of the six students.  When asked in a later interview why he turned himself in, Kemper said: "The original purpose was gone . It wasn't serving any physical or real or emotional purpose. It was just a pure waste of time . Emotionally, I couldn't handle it much longer. Toward the end there, I started feeling the folly of the whole damn thing, and at the point of near exhaustion, near collapse, I just said to hell with it and called it all off."  Trial [ edit ] Mug shot of Kemper on November 9, 1973 Kemper was indicted on eight counts of first-degree murder on May 7, 1973.
 He was assigned the Chief Public Defender of Santa Cruz County, attorney Jim Jackson. Due to Kemper's explicit and detailed confession, his counsel's only option was to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges.
Kemper twice tried to commit suicide in custody. His trial went ahead on October 23, 1973.  Three court-appointed psychiatrists found Edmund kemper to be legally sane.
One of the psychiatrists, Dr. Joel Fort, investigated his juvenile records and the diagnosis that he was once psychotic. Fort also interviewed Kemper, including under truth serum, and relayed to the court that Kemper had engaged in cannibalism, alleging that he sliced flesh from the legs of his victims, then cooked and consumed these strips of flesh in a casserole.
  Nevertheless, Fort determined that Kemper was fully cognizant in each case and stated that Kemper enjoyed the prospect of the infamy associated with being labeled a murderer.  Kemper later recanted the confession of cannibalism.  California used the M'Naghten standard, which held that for a defendant to "establish a defense on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of mind, and not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or if he did know it, that he did not know he was doing what was wrong."  Kemper appeared to have known that the nature of his acts was wrong, and he had shown signs of malice aforethought.
 On November 1, Kemper took the stand. He testified that he killed the victims because he wanted them "for myself, edmund kemper possessions",  and attempted to convince the jury that he was insane based on the reasoning that his actions could have been committed only by someone with an aberrant mind.
He said that two beings inhabited his body and that when the killer personality took over, it was "kind of like blacking out."  On November 8, 1973, the six-man, six-woman jury deliberated for five hours before declaring Kemper sane and guilty on all counts.   He asked for the death penalty, requesting "death by torture."  However, with a moratorium placed on capital punishment by the Supreme Court of California, he instead received seven years to life for each count, with these terms to be served concurrently, and was sentenced to the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
 Imprisonment [ edit ] In the California Medical Facility, Kemper was incarcerated in the same prison block as other notorious criminals such as Herbert Mullin and Charles Manson. Kemper showed particular disdain for Mullin, who committed his murders at the same time and in the same area as Kemper. He described Mullin edmund kemper "just a cold-blooded killer.
killing everybody he saw for no good reason."  Kemper manipulated and physically intimidated Mullin, who, at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m), was more than a foot shorter than he. Kemper stated that "[Mullin] had a habit of singing and bothering people when somebody tried to watch TV, so I threw water on him to shut him up. Then, when he was a good boy, I'd give him peanuts. Herbie liked peanuts. That was effective because pretty soon he asked permission edmund kemper sing.
That's called behavior modification treatment."  Kemper remains among the general population in prison and is considered a model prisoner. He was in charge of scheduling other inmates' appointments with psychiatrists and was edmund kemper accomplished craftsman of ceramic cups.
 He was also a prolific reader of audiobooks for the blind; a 1987 Los Angeles Times article stated that edmund kemper was the coordinator of the prison's program and had edmund kemper spent over 5,000 hours narrating books with several hundred completed recordings to his name.
 Kemper was retired from these positions in 2015 after he experienced a stroke and was declared medically disabled. He received his first rules violation report in 2016 for failing to provide a urine sample.  Kemper on November 17, 2011 While imprisoned, Kemper has participated in a number of interviews, including a segment in the 1982 documentary The Killing of America, as well as an appearance in the 1984 documentary Murder: No Apparent Motive.
   His interviews have contributed to the understanding of the mind of serial killers. FBI profiler John Douglas described Kemper as "among the brightest" prison inmates he interviewed   and capable of "rare insight for a violent criminal."  Kemper is forthcoming about the nature of his crimes and has stated that he participated in the interviews to save others like edmund kemper from killing.
At the end of his Murder: No Apparent Motive interview, he said, "There's somebody out there that is watching this and hasn't done that—hasn't killed people, and wants to, and rages inside and struggles with that feeling, or is so sure they have it under control. They need to talk to somebody about it. Trust somebody enough to sit down and talk about something that isn't a crime; thinking that way isn't a crime. Doing it isn't just a crime; it's a horrible thing. It doesn't know when to quit, and it can't be stopped easily once it starts."  He also conducted an interview with French writer Stéphane Bourgoin in 1991.
 Kemper was first eligible for parole in 1979. He was denied parole that year, as well as at parole hearings in 1980, 1981, and 1982. He subsequently waived his right to a hearing in 1985.   He was denied parole at his 1988 hearing, where he said, "Society is not ready in any shape or form for me.
I can't fault them for that."  He was denied parole again in 1991  and in 1994. He then waived his right to a hearing in 1997  and in 2002.   He attended the next hearing, in 2007, where he was again denied parole.
Prosecutor Ariadne Symons said, "We don't care how much of a model prisoner he is because of the enormity of his crimes."  Kemper waived his right to a hearing again in 2012.  He was denied parole in 2017 and is next eligible in 2024.  In popular culture [ edit ] Kemper has influenced many works of film and literature.
He, alongside Ed Gein, were used as an inspiration for the character of Buffalo Bill in Thomas Harris's 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs. Like Kemper, Bill fatally shoots his grandparents as a teenager.  Dean Koontz cited Kemper as an inspiration for character Edgler Vess in his 1996 novel Intensity.  The character Patrick Bateman in the 2000 film American Psycho mistakenly attributes a quote by Kemper to Gein, saying: "You know what Ed Gein said about women?
. He said 'When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things. One part of me wants to take her out, talk to her, be real nice and sweet and treat her right . [the other part wonders] what her head would look like on a stick'."  A direct-to-video horror film loosely based on Kemper's murders, titled Kemper: The CoEd Killer, was released in 2008.
 In 2012, French author Marc Dugain published a novel, Avenue des géants ( Avenue of the Giants), about Kemper.  Kemper was portrayed edmund kemper 6'5" actor Cameron Britton in three episodes (nos. 2, 3 and 10) of the first season of the 2017 Netflix television drama series Mindhunter, surrounding FBI research of the criminally insane. Britton received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series because of this role, and appeared in the fifth episode of the second season.
 Kemper has been the subject of multiple books, including Edmund Kemper: The True Story of the Co-Ed Killer, Edmund Kemper: The True Story of the Brutal Co-ed Butcher, and The Co‑Ed Killer: A Study of the Murders, Mutilations, and Matricide of Edmund Kemper III, among others. Extracts from Kemper's interviews have been used in numerous songs, including "Love // Hate" by Dystopia, "Abomination Unseen" by Devourment, "Forever" by The Berzerker, "Severed Head" by Suicide Commando, and "Crave" by Optimum Edmund kemper Profile.
He is discussed in many songs, such as "Edmund Kemper Had a Horrible Temper" by Macabre, "Fortress" by System of a Down, "Temper Temper Mr. Kemper" by The Celibate Rifles, "Murder" by Seabound, "Killfornia (Ed Kemper)" by Church of Misery, and "Edmund Temper" by Amigo the Devil.
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He has been a guest speaker edmund kemper numerous national radio and television stations and is a five time published author. More About Us Humans 10 Famous Recluses, Past and Present May 5, 2022 Movies and TV 10 Films Where Robots Secretly Taught Us About Life May 4, 2022 History Ten Tales from the Troubles of Northern Ireland May 4, 2022 667 Shares [WARNING: This list contains disturbing images.] Edmund Kemper is a twisted, depraved, and frightening serial killer who murdered 10 people between 1964 and 1973.
Known as the ‘co-ed killer,’ he targeted mainly female hitchhikers; he also killed his paternal grandparents and his own mother. SEE ALSO: 10 Gruesome Items Ed Gein Made From Corpses Following the hit Netflix series Mindhunter, an entirely new generation of true crime fans has become fascinated and terrified by Kemper as he was portrayed with eerie accuracy by actor Cameron Britton. The following facts explain exactly why—even decades after edmund kemper sinister crimes took place.
He’s still one of the scariest killers to have ever walked the earth. 10He Stands 6′-9” Tall and Weighs 250 Pounds Born on December 18, 1948, in Burbank, California, Edmund Kemper’s parents had a turbulent marriage, and following their divorce, his mother continued to be abusive throughout his childhood.
He later revealed his mother’s hatred stemmed from him looking so much like his own father. She would keep her son locked in a cold, dark basement at night; whereas, edmund kemper sister edmund kemper allowed to play freely upstairs.
He stands 6 feet and 9 inches (2.05m) and edmund kemper over 250 pounds (113kg). By the time he was in high school, he already stood a foot taller than his classmates. Edmund kemper to his stature and high IQ of 145—he was able to overpower his victims mentally and physically. Investigators labeled him a “ natural born killer.” The physical nature of Kemper paired with his abusive childhood created a boiling pot of rage in the young killer.
 9 He Mutilated Cats During Childhood From a very young age, Kemper targeted and mutilated cats in his neighborhood. Former FBI Special Agent John Douglas revealed that Kemper would bury a cat alive, then dig it up before decapitating the creature and impaling its head on a stake.
When he was 13 years old, he also killed his pet cat with a machete and hid the remains in his bedroom, which his horrified mother later discovered. For young serial killers, often abusing animals is their first experience at releasing tension. They start the process known as ‘victim selection’ and take their frustration out on the only thing often more vulnerable than themselves—an animal.
Later in their criminal career, this aggression escalates, and they begin to prey on humans. Kemper was no exception. He did seek help from school counselors, but this was not beneficial edmund kemper he revealed, “When I was in school, I was called a chronic daydreamer, and I saw a counselor twice during junior high and high school, and that was very routine. They didn’t ask me a lot of questions about myself and that was probably the most violent fantasy time I was off into.”  8 He Killed His Grandparents Because He Was Bored At the age of 15, Kemper ran away from his mother to avoid her abuse and decided to track down his father,r but he edmund kemper rejected by him also.
Instead, he was “shipped off” to live with his paternal grandparents on their farm in the California mountains. Kemper said he lived in “complete isolation” with his “senile grandfather” and “my grandmother who thought she had more balls than any man and was constantly emasculating my grandfather and me to prove it.” He added, “I couldn’t please her … It was like being in jail … I became a walking time bomb, and I finally blew … It was like that the second time, with my mother.” In August 1964, Kemper shot his grandmother in her kitchen with a hunting rifle, and when his grandfather returned, he also shot and killed him.
Panicked, Kemper then called his mother, and she urged him to tell the police. When the police arrived, he told them, “I just wanted to see how it felt to shoot Grandma.”  7 He Managed to Fix the Psychiatric Results in His Favour Following the murders of his grandparents, Kemper was sent to the California Youth Authority in Atascadero.
Psychiatrists found Kemper suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and he was transferred to Atascadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Due to his incredibly high IQ and seemingly pleasant demeanor, he managed to manipulate the hospital staff to allow him to access the assessment devices. He memorized the responses used in the assessment process and fixed his own test psychiatric results in his favor.
On his edmund kemper birthday, he was released from the hospital with a clean mental health record and was no longer required to return for further monitoring. Kemper was a free man. He returned to California and lived with his mother, but his real reign of terror was just about to begin.  6 He Used a Cunning Trick to Make His Victims Feel Safe Following his release from the hospital, Kemper applied to become a state trooper, but he was rejected based on his size.
With no work prospects on the horizon, he became bored with his existence once again, and as we know from his previous crimes—a bored psychopath is a dangerous thing. Instead, he turned his attention to the high number of female hitchhikers in the area.
In 1972, Kemper murdered 18-year-old Mary Anne Pesce, 18-year-old Anita Luchessa, and 15-year-old Aiko Koo. In 1973, he murdered 19-year-old Cindy Schall, 23-year-old Rosalind Thorpe, and 21-year-old Alice Liu. He had convinced the young co-eds, who edmund kemper all in the prime of their lives, that he was not a threat to them by using a cunning trick to get them into his car.
Kemper said, “Some girls weren’t really convinced. So, I looked at my watch, and I sighed like, ‘Come on, I don’t have time.’ And that convinced them—they had the impression I was in a hurry and didn’t have the time to hurt them.”  5 He Was One of Three Killers in Santa Cruz at the Time Edmund Kemper was not the only active serial killer in the Santa Cruz area in the early 1970s.
Two other men, Herbert Mullin and John Linley Frazier, were also active in the area. The police even suspected Mullin of having killed two of Kemper’s victims, while Kemper was initially a suspect in one of Mullin’s killings.
The police definitely had several investigative issues related to three active murderers at the same time. Mullin and Kemper both killed in very gruesome ways, and Mullin was eventually convicted on 10 counts of murder, in which he was sentenced to life in prison. The two serial killers also had some interaction while in custody. While in neighboring jail cells, Kemper performed what he called “behavior modification treatment” on Mullin by giving him peanuts whenever Mullin was “good” (he sometimes bothered other prisoners by singing, so Kemper splashed water on him).
Mullin is still incarcerated and not eligible for parole until 2021. John Linley Frazier was a mass murderer who shot and killed a doctor, his wife, two sons, and the doctor’s secretary, which led to his conviction and death sentence in 1971. After California abolished the death penalty in 1972, his sentence was commuted to life in prison. His odd, religious behavior was revealed in the note he left behind at the murders, part of which said, “From this day forward, anyone and/or everyone or company of persons edmund kemper misuses the natural environment or destroys same will suffer the penalty of death by the People of the Free Universe.
I and my comrades from this day forth will fight until death or freedom against anyone who does not support natural life on this planet. Materialism must die, edmund kemper Mankind will stop.” He was found dead, hanging in his cell in 2009 at the age of 63.
With such prolific murderers in the area, Santa Cruz was dubbed the “Murder Capital of the World.”  And all this while California itself was flush with serial killers.
The Zodiac Killer, the Night Stalker, the Manson Family, the Hillside Strangler, and several more were all active during the ’60s and ’70s. Was it something in the water? 4 He Murdered His Mother in the Most Brutal Way The rage and disdain Kemper felt for his mother finally reached a boiling point in April 1973. On Good Friday, his mother—Clarnell Stage—returned home after a night of drinking and began arguing with her son. Kemper then entered her bedroom and bludgeoned her with a hammer before cutting her throat with a knife.
He then decapitated the body and later revealed he pinned the head to the wall and screamed at it for an hour whilst throwing darts. He also confessed to ripping out her voice box, which he deemed appropriate as she “bitched and screamed” at him so much over the years. After hiding the body parts around the house, his mother’s close friend came over to the house, and he strangled her to death too.
Later he said, “I certainly wanted for my mother a nice, quiet easy death like everyone else wants.”  Kemper targeted women as they reminded him of his mother and his overall hatred for women. He stabbed or strangled his victims and would later decapitate and dismember the corpses. Several discarded body parts edmund kemper found washed up on the shore, and he buried a head in his mother’s backyard.
The other heads he kept as sickening serial killer “trophies.” 3 He Confessed Everything to the Police Himself On Easter Sunday 1973, Kemper fled his mother’s home following her murder and made his way to Colorado. He realized it would not be long before the crime was linked to him, so he rang the police back in Santa Cruz to make a full confession. Initially, the police did not believe his confession or were convinced they had finally edmund kemper the feared “Co-Ed” Killer.’ Kemper was close friends with the local police, often drinking with them in bars and restaurants.
They referred to him as “Big Ed” and had edmund kemper to him over time a lot about the murders, which allowed him to anticipate their next move in the investigation. They believed this was all one big prank from a friend that had become known as a friendly giant. Kemper waited for an officer to arrive and arrest him.
He was considered legally sane and when asked what he believed was an appropriate punishment for his crime, he replied.
“Death by torture.”  2 He Terrified FBI Agent Robert K. Ressler During an Interview Standford psychiatrist Donald Lunde interviewed Kemper from 1972 to 1973. The guards would lock them both in a small room, and a panic button under the table would alert them when they were finished. Lunde said, “I laughed at the notion that (he) edmund kemper attack me. (He) had no reason to do so, and besides, the panic button would bring a squad of deputies instantly.” Kemper then reminded Lunde, “Has it ever dawned on you that I’m a foot taller and weigh damn near twice what you do?” When Lunde hit the panic button, it took seven minutes for the guards to respond.
Former FBI Agent Robert K. Ressler had a similar interaction with Kemper. Bundled in the same interview room, Ressler hit the panic button, and the guards didn’t respond. Noticing his panic, Kemper chillingly told him, “If I went apeshit in here, you’d be in a lot of trouble, wouldn’t you?
I could screw your head off and place it on the table to greet the guard.” The guards entered the room 30 minutes later.  1He’s Still Around Today Edmund kemper November 8, 1973, Kemper was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life behind bars and is currently imprisoned at the California Medical Facility.
Since 1977, he has spent his time recording audiobooks and loaned his voice to Flowers in the Attic, The Glass Key, and The Rosary Murders, to name a few. He spent more than 5,000 hours in the recording booth at the prison and has received two awards for his efforts. Edmund kemper, the serial killer has no desire to leave edmund kemper as he’s quite content living out the rest of his life behind bars. Since 1985, he has waived his right to parole hearings. In 2017, Kemper’s lawyer stated, “His feeling is that—and this is his belief—no one’s ever going to let him out, and he’s just happy, he’s just as happy going about his life in prison.” In his 70s, he will spend the rest of his days in prison and—at the time of writing—in relatively good health; Kemper has outlived his victims by decades.
Above is an interview with Kemper which I strongly recommend. His demeanor is chilling.  For more lists like this one, check out 10 Creepiest Facts About Killer Clown John Wayne Gacy, and Top 10 Creepy Facts About Jeffrey Dahmer. About The Author: Cheish Merryweather is a true crime fan and an oddities fanatic.
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Edmund Emil Kemper III is a convicted serial killer from America.
Between 1964 and 1973, he murdered ten people, including his paternal grandparents and mother. A native of California, Kemper, whose mother was an abusive woman, had a turbulent childhood.
At the age of ten, he killed the family cat. Five years later, he committed his first set of murders when he killed his paternal grandparents. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, he served six years as a criminally insane juvenile at Atascadero State Hospital. At the time of his release in 1969, the California Youth Authority psychiatrists certified him rehabilitated.
Despite standing at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall and weighing over 250 pounds (113 kg), he was considered non-threatening by his victims. His large stature was supplemented by his high intelligence; he had once reportedly registered a score of 145 in an IQ test. His later victims, most of whom were female hitchhikers, did not stand a chance against him. He would offer them a ride and later drive them to remote areas where he would kill them. Then he would take the bodies back to his home to be dismembered, mutilated, and violated.
Kemper once confessed to even consuming his victims’ flesh but later withdrew the statement. Following his arrest and subsequent conviction, Kemper asked for the death penalty but was denied. Instead, he was sentenced edmund kemper eight life sentences. Born on December 18, edmund kemper, in Burbank California, Edmund Kemper was the middle child of Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper (née Stage, 1921–1973) and Edmund Emil Kemper II (1919–1985). He had two sisters, one older, Susan Hughey Kemper, and one younger, Allyn Lee Kemper.
His father, Edmund II, had fought in the World War II and later tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific Proving Grounds. He eventually returned to California where he worked as an electrician. Edmund Kemper was already a head taller than all his peers when he was four years old. He exhibited high intelligence but also signs of excessive cruelty. When he was ten, he buried their family cat alive, dug it back out after it had died, and then decapitated its head and mounted it on a spike. According to his later statements, the fact that he was lying to his family about killing the animal brought him pleasure.
Kemper’s childhood was filled with dark fantasies, often playing odd, ritualistic games with his younger sister’s dolls where he pulled off the hands and heads of the dolls.
He would often take his father’s bayonet, leave the home unnoticed, and watch his second-grade teacher through the window of her home. His favourite games as a child were “Gas Chamber” and “Electric Chair”, in which Allyn would pretend to tie him or flip the switch while he acted as a convict undergoing his execution. His parents eventually separated in 1957 and Kemper, who had a close relationship with his father, had to move to Helena, Montana with his mother.
He harboured a deep resentment towards Clarnell, who was a neurotic, domineering alcoholic and would frequently belittle, humiliate, and abuse him. She forced him to spend the nights in a locked basement as she believed that he would harm his sisters otherwise.
He fled from his mother’s house at the age of 14 and went to his father in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. Once there, he found that his father had already remarried and had another son with his new wife. Edmund II later sent him to live with his own parents, Maude and Edmund Kemper, in North Fork. Teenaged Kemper soon came to hate his grandparents as well. On August 27, 1964, Kemper got into a heated argument with his grandmother. He went to his room enraged, grabbed his .22 caliber rifle that his grandfather had gifted him, came back to the kitchen where Maude was, and shot her in her head.
He then shot her twice more in the back. His grandfather, Edmund I, who was out for grocery shopping, came back after Kemper had dragged his grandmother’s body from the kitchen to her room. He met Edmund I in the driveway and shot him dead. At Atascadero, he soon gained confidence of the California Youth Authority psychiatrists and social workers, who strongly disagreed with the court psychiatrists on their assessment of Kemper. During this period, he scored 136 and later, 145, in two different IQ tests.
He was allowed to administer psychiatric tests on other inmates, including sex offenders. His relationship with his mother remained toxic and abusive. He held several menial jobs before being employed by the State of California Highway Department (now known as the California Department of Transportation. During this period, he started dating a 16-year-old girl who was a student of Turlock High School. They later became engaged. In the late 1960s, he got into an accident while riding his motorcycle.
Receiving $15,000 as settlement money, he spent it on buying a new yellow 1969 Ford Galaxie. He also hoarded up storing tools, including plastic bags, knives, blankets, and handcuffs as his murderous desires began to return.
In the next few months, he reportedly picked up around 150 female hitchhikers but let them all go peacefully. However, the homicidal urges, which he named his “little zapples” began to resurface. Kemper committed the rest of his murders between May 1972 and April 1973. It started with two college students named Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa. Both 18 years old, the girls were students at the California State University in Fresno.
The next victim was Korean dance student Aiko Koo, who was 15 edmund kemper old at the time of her murder.
His other victims were 18-year-old Cindy Schall, 23-year-old Rosalind Thorpe, 20-year-old Allison Liu, his own mother, and her friend Sally Hallett. Kemper developed a modus operandi that involved shooting, stabbing, smothering or strangling his victims and then taking the bodies back to his home where he would commit irrumatio on their severed heads, vaginal intercourse with their bodies and later dissect and dismember them.
He also admitted to consuming the flesh of his victims. Indicted on eight counts of first-degree murder on May 7, 1973, he was declared sane by a six-man, six-woman jury on November 8, 1973 and was found guilty on all counts.
He requested for a death penalty (death by torture) but was denied. Instead, he was sentenced to seven years to life for each count, with these terms to be served concurrently. He is currently serving his term at the California Medical Facility.Edmund Emil Kemper III was the serial killer responsible for 10 grisly murders that terrorized Northern California's sleepy city of Santa Cruz from 1964 to 1973. Known for abducting and killing female students before dismembering their bodies and hiding them in remote areas along the coast, Ed Kemper also murdered his grandparents, mother and his mother's best friend.
On April 24, 1973, Kemper turned himself over to the police, and the 6-foot-9-inch, 285-pound "Co-Ed Killer" was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
Dubbed “friendly” and “cooperative” by law edmund kemper, Kemper divulged every detail of his crimes to law enforcement and even agreed to show detectives the locations of “the articles of clothing, personal edmund kemper and the bodies” of the missing co-eds. The crime scene photos taken throughout the investigation — along with Kemper's various interviews — provided major insight into how a shy, mild-mannered boy turned into one of the most twisted serial killers in US history.
Scroll below to see what authorities uncovered. [Photo: Getty Images] Preliminary trial hearing. During Kemper's trial, his defense team pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
When Kemper took the stand, he told the jury he killed the six female students because he wanted them “for myself like possessions. They were going to be mine.” A forensic psychologist said Kemper explained that his “need to possess a woman and his acts of necrophilia were clear indications of an unstable state of mind. …" He also described the feeling he had that two beings inhabited his body, and when his killer personality took over, it was "kind of like blacking out.” Three court-appointed psychiatrists, however, testified Kemper was “legally sane.” [Photo: "Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer" Edmund kemper Kemper's trophies.
After murdering his female edmund kemper, Kemper often decapitated them and saved their heads for sexual gratification. When Kemper killed 18-year-old Cindy Schall on January 7, 1973, he b rought her body back to his mother’s house, dismembered her remains and had sex with them.
He buried Schall’s severed head faceup in the garden that his mother’s bedroom overlooked because, he would later say"she had always wanted people to look up to her." [Photo: Getty Images] Kemper laughing with unidentified detective. When he was arrested, many people in Santa Cruz were shocked that Kemper’s mother or neighbors didn’t pick up on Kemper’s behavior. Explained Kemper in a 1984 interview: “It was getting easier to do.
I was getting better at it. I was getting less detectable. I started flaunting that invisibility — severing a human head at night in front of my mother’s residence with her at home, my neighbors at home upstairs, their picture window open, the curtains open. 11 o’clock at night, the lights are on, all they have to do is walk by, look out and I’ve had it.
… To be walking up the stairs with a camera bag that belonged to a young woman that had her severed head in it. … Walking up to my apartment past a happy, young couple coming down the stairs who nodded and smiled at me as they went by.
… And they’re going out on a date, where I’d love to be going, and I’m aware of both of these realities, and the distance between those two was so dramatic, so amazing, so violent[.]” [Photo: Getty Images] Arraignment. Kemper reportedly had to call edmund kemper Santa Cruz Police Department three times and request to speak to an officer he knew personally before they took his confession seriously.
Kemper said in a later interview that he turned himself in because “once my mother was dead, there was almost a cathartic process at that point.” Edmund kemper psychology professor Louis Schlesinger told edmund kemper Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer:” “He turned himself in right after edmund kemper killed his mother because he then solved this problem. He didn’t have to kill symbolically anymore[.]” [Photo: Courtesy of John Douglas] Kemper speaking with the FBI.
Since his imprisonment, Kemper has taken part in multiple interviews with psychiatrists, journalists and members of law enforcement to speak about his crimes. The most notable of which are his conversations with FBI Special Agents John Douglas and Bob Ressler for their study on serial killers. Along with Boston College professor Ann Burgess, they used Kemper’s admissions about his life and murders edmund kemper help profile future serial killers.
[Photo: Courtesy of John Douglas] Kemper posing with Ressler and Douglas. Douglas, Ressler and Burgess were also able to further develop the homicidal triangle, which says that bedwetting into the teens, fire setting and animal cruelty edmund kemper future predictors of violent tendencies.
As a child, Kemper buried the family cat alive, then dug it up, decapitated it and put its head on a stake. When he was 13, he killed his own pet cat with a machete and hid its remains in his closet, which his mother later found.
Douglas told “Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer” that the FBI now tracks animal cruelty because of its connection to future violence. [Photo: Courtesy of John Douglas] Kemper with Douglas. Douglas and his team also discovered that a hatred of the mother was a common characteristic between serial killers.
He told “Kemper on Kemper,” “It seemed to always be the mother thing with these guys[.] They love the mother, they want the mother’s love, but at the same time, they hate the mother.” In Douglas' interviews with other serial killers, he said that when they reached the topic of their mothers, the most hardened criminals would start “breaking down.” Kemper also said in a interview, “There’s a lot that leads into that happening, but that’s what happened. They represented not what my mother was, but what she liked, what she coveted, what was important to her, and I was destroying it.” Kemper’s conversations with Douglas and Ressler edmund kemper featured prominently in the book "Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit." To learn more about the "Co-Ed Killer," watch “ Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer" on Oxygen.
[Photo: Courtesy of John Douglas]
Edmund Emil Kemper III, or simply, Ed Kemper, is the most famous Serial Killer, or edmund kemper least one of the most famous in the world. It was from him that the police realized the need to understand the mind of a serial killer. Who was Ed Kemper? Born December 18, 1948, in Burbank, California, Ed was the son of Edmund Kemper II and Clarnell Stage, and had two younger sisters.
His childhood was troubled, his parents divorced when he was nine years old, and his mother got custody. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT Clarnell had a drinking disorder and was violent, often humiliating her son in various ways. At school he was bullied because of his height, since at the age of 15 Ed was 6′ 9″ tall (1.93m). He developed antisocial behavior and spent most of his free time torturing and killing domestic animals such as dogs and cats. He also dissected these animals.
Once he even buried a live cat, dug it up minutes later to see if it was still breathing, and then ripped its head off. When asked about these practices, Kemper always denied everything. The family atmosphere was bad, Ed and his mother argued a lot. But every story has different points of view. According to Clarnell, she was very afraid of her son, and even forced him to sleep in a room in the basement, because of the fear that he would sexually abuse his sisters.
According to reports from one of his sisters, Kemper confessed to her that he had fallen in love with his teacher, but knew that the only way to get a kiss from her was to kill her. His sister got shocked and told her mother, who violently beat Kemper as edmund kemper way to scold him. The boy never received psychological support. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT Escape from home At the age of fourteen, unhappy with the life he was having with his mother, Ed ran away from home to live with his father, as they always had a good relationship.
His father welcomed him, but because of Ed’s conflicts with his stepmother’s son from edmund kemper first marriage, he was taken to live with his paternal grandparents soon after. Ed’s grandmother was very controlling and aggressive, his grandfather was good to him, but did nothing about his wife’s terrible treatment to Ed.
The boy’s anger grew, especially when he discovered that his father had changed his phone number so as not to be bothered by him. On August 26, 1964, Ed and his grandmother had a disagreement in the kitchen. The angry boy took the Rifle he had gotten for Christmas from his grandfather and went out hunting, but his grandmother screamed at the window, telling him to go back.
Kemper decides to return, enters the kitchen, and as his grandmother turns her back on him, he shoots her in the head. With her already on the floor, he fires two more shots into her back and decides to stab her several times after she is dead.
A towel is wrapped around the victim’s head, and he drags her body to her room. About twenty minutes later, Edmund kemper notices his grandfather approaching the house. He goes towards him and pretends that nothing has happened, as soon as his grandfather turns his back on him he also shoots him in the head and drags his body into the garage. He calmly cleans up the whole crime scene.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT When the edmund kemper finally subsides, Ed calls his mother and tells her what happened, she tells him to call the police immediately. When the authorities arrive on the scene, they find the teenager sitting on the front door steps.
In a statement at the police station, Ed said that he killed his grandmother just to experience what it felt like to kill someone, and the killing of his grandfather was in order to spare him the sadness of knowing that his wife had died. All this was said in a cold and rational way, and he did not show any regret. Psychiatric hospitalization Soon after the incident, Kemper was diagnosed with schizophrenia, which was later confirmed since he didn’t have hallucinations or dissociation from reality.
His condition was defined as a personality disorder. During his hospitalization Ed Kemper demonstrated a high social power, even being chosen as personal assistant of his psychiatrist.
This position gave him access to all the tests administered to patients, meaning that he knew what to say each time he was examined. In December 1969, at the age of eighteen, he was paroled and returned to live with his mother. Three years later, in 1972, Kemper was considered fully rehabilitated and his criminal record was expunged. He no longer seemed to be a danger, but even his mother considered him to have emotional problems. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT His biggest dream was to be a cop.
Ed Kemper took several tests in an attempt to join the police, edmund kemper passed them all, but his height, which was 6′ 9″ (1.93 m), prevented him from being hired. His consolation was to collect firearms and knives, and he edmund kemper bought a car of the same model used by the local police, a Ford Galaxie 500. Ed Kemper beside two policemen / Photo: Reproduction. The relationship between Kemper and his mother was going very bad again, she often humiliated him by saying that no woman would ever love him and made fun of his physical appearance.
At this time Kemper began offering rides to students on campus, he said that edmund kemper intention was to be around women. In a statement he stated that he gave rides to more than one hundred and fifty young girls during this period.
Ed Kemper kills again On May 7, edmund kemper, Kemper was driving around aimlessly when he decided to offer a ride to two girls and promised to take them to Stanford University. They were Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa, both eighteen years old.
Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa, the first girls killed by Kemper / Photo: Reproduction. What edmund kemper girls didn’t realize was that Ed had already prepared everything for the crime, including modifying the car doors so that they would only open from the outside, in edmund kemper to prevent his victims from escaping. The girls were taken to an isolated wooded area, where he handcuffed Mary while he kept Anita in the trunk of the car. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT He strangled Mary Ann and then did the same to Anita.
He put the bodies in the trunk, along with his arsenal of guns and knives, and drove towards his house. On the way, he was even stopped by a policeman, because his taillight was off. Soon after he was released, a quick external inspection of the vehicle revealed nothing wrong. When he got home, Kemper put the bodies in sexual positions and photographed them.
Soon after, he had sexual intercourse with them, in an explicit act of necrophilia. Later he dismembered the bodies, divided them into garbage bags, and abandoned them on a nearby mountain. Aiko Koo and Cindy Shall, the next victims Later that year, on September 14, 1972, Kemper approached 15-year-old Aiko Koo, who decided to take a ride instead of waiting for the bus to take her to a dance class. She would meet the same fate as Mary and Anita.
This time Kemper rapes Aiko while she is still alive, and then suffocates her to death. The body is put in the trunk and Ed decides edmund kemper stop by a edmund kemper for a few drinks. At home, the girl’s body suffers the same cruelties as before and is discarded as well. On January 7, 1973, Kemper strikes again.
This time he approaches and offers a ride to Cindy Schall, an eighteen-year-old student. Acting in the same manner, Cindy was taken to a closed wooded area, killed with a pistol shot, and placed in his trunk. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT When Kemper arrives home, he notices that his mother has not yet left for work.
He decides to hide the body in the closet, leaving it there all night. In the morning, when he saw that he was alone, he dragged the body into his mother’s bathtub, performed sexual acts on it, and dismembered it.
The remains were thrown off a cliff, but he decided that he would keep Cindy’s head to satisfy himself sexually for a while longer. Days later he decided to bury Edmund kemper head in the garden of his house, right in front of his mother’s room.
The explanation he gave for this is that Clarnell liked to be admired, and Cindy’s head buried with her eyes toward the window would fit this well. The police are on Ed Kemper’s trail By February 1973, the police were already profiling the criminal who used to offer young women rides. It was reported in the media that the girls should only get into cars that had the university sticker attached. To everyone’s misfortune, Ed’s mother worked on campus, and it was very easy to get a sticker for her car.
Alice Helen Liu, 20, and Rosalind Thorpe, 23, were the next victims, and their bodies were dumped like the previous ones. A curiosity about his modus operandi was that if he used a firearm to kill a victim, he would remove the projectile from the victim’s body to make police investigation more difficult.
Another fatal victim, this time his mother On the evening of April twenty, 1973, Kemper’s mother comes home late and extremely drunk after a party. Ed woke up and became angry at Clarnell’s noise. So he watched her for a few minutes. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT Mocking Ed, his mother says, “ Are you going to stand there all night?“. He answers no, turns his back and goes to his room.
About half an hour later, Kemper returns armed with a knife and a hammer. He beats her violently, and with the knife cuts her throat and rips her head off. In a statement Kemper said that he satisfied himself sexually while inserting his penis into the mouth of his already decapitated mother. When he got tired, he pinned her head to the wall and played at throwing darts for about an hour.
Finally, he crushed the skull bones with his feet, ripped out her tongue and larynx, and threw them into the crusher, which jammed. According to Kemper, even the crusher couldn’t handle digesting her vocal cords, since she had spent her entire life screaming and complaining. The body was hidden in a closet and he went out edmund kemper. On his way back he called his mother’s best friend Sally Hallett, 59, and invited her to dinner and then to edmund kemper movie.
Upon arriving at the house, Sally was strangled and also had her body placed in the closet. Ed gets into his car and drives to Pueblo, Colorado. He thought that by now the police would be desperate in their search. He took a huge arsenal with him because he was sure he would fire shots at the authorities. But the police didn’t even know who Ed Kemper was. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT Kemper was frustrated when he realized that he would not receive the attention he was imagining, so he decided to call the police and confess his crimes.
The last bodies were then found in his mother’s house, and he waited for the police until edmund kemper was arrested. The criminal said that he decided to surrender edmund kemper after killing his mother, all the anger he had inside him was gone.
He no longer felt the desire to commit any crime. In the photo, all known victims of Edmund Kemper. / Photo: Reproduction. Arrest and trial At the trial in 1973, he was found sane and guilty of murder.
Kemper requested that he receive the death penalty for his crimes. However, the death penalty had been suspended in California in 1972, and instead he received eight consecutive life sentences. He even attempted suicide twice in jail, but was saved by prison guards. Since then, he has been incarcerated at the California Medical Facility in Solano County. Although he was eligible to apply for parole, Kemper edmund kemper refused to exercise it and said he was happy in prison. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT Ed Kemper being arrested / Photo: Reproduction.
The world’s most famous serial killer After being arrested and acting like he was rehabilitated, Ed Kemper became an important source of information for the FBI — you can see Mindhunter series. In several interviews, the killer explained to officers John Douglas and Mark Olshaker what he considered to be behind his actions. His statements were essential for the development of the method used to this day by the authorities to identify serial killers, and even for the arrest of other criminals — as shown in the Netflix series.
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Known as the "Co-Ed Killer," Edmund Kemper brutally murdered at least 10 people in California during the 1960s and '70s.
The signs were there from the beginning. As a boy, Edmund Kemper killed animals, decapitated his sisters’ dolls, and invented disgusting games. And at age 15, he even murdered his grandparents. But when Kemper later confessed to killing six female hitchhikers, as well as his mother and her best friend, the police didn’t believe him at first. They knew and liked “Big Ed” — the 6’9″ man who seemed edmund kemper a gentle giant. Wikimedia Commons Edmund Kemper, the murderer who once terrorized California as the “Co-Ed Killer.” In truth, he was anything but.
Kemper was a cunning serial killer who raped corpses, mutilated dead bodies, and buried his victims’ heads in his backyard. His high IQ of 145 only made him more dangerous — as he used his intelligence to slip away from his crime scenes undetected. As chronicled in Netflix’s Mindhunter, Ed Kemper’s murders were absolutely horrific.
But his real story is far more chilling than any TV show. The Troubled Childhood Of Edmund Kemper Facebook/Allyn Smith Edmund Kemper and his younger sister, Allyn. Born on December 18, 1948, in Burbank, California, Edmund Kemper presented troubling edmund kemper from an early age. The future serial killer also had a tumultuous childhood. His mother, Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper, was an alcoholic who possibly suffered from borderline personality disorder.
Her erratic behavior once led Kemper’s father, a World War II veteran named Edmund Emil Kemper II, to remark: “Suicide missions in wartime and the later atomic bomb testings were nothing compared to living with Clarnell.” She regularly berated Kemper’s father for his “menial job” as an electrician.
And she refused to coddle her son for fear it would “turn him gay.” In that turbulent environment, Kemper began edmund kemper develop dark fantasies early on. Fueled by these thoughts, he started decapitating his sisters’ dolls. “I remember there was actually a sexual thrill — you hear edmund kemper little pop and pull their heads off and hold [them] up by the hair,” Kemper later said.
“Whipping their heads off, their body sitting there. That’d get me off.” In addition, Kemper forced his sisters to play disturbing games — like “electric chair” and “gas chamber.” As if imagining where he might end up, Kemper had his sisters pretend to march him to his death. Pinterest Edmund Kemper developed dark fantasies at a young age — which soon escalated to real violence. He once even stalked his second-grade teacher while carrying his father’s bayonet.
And when his sister Susan teased him about kissing the teacher, Kemper coldly responded, “If I kiss her, I’d have to kill her first.” At the age of 10, Kemper’s disturbing behavior escalated to violence. After his father left the family in 1957, the young boy killed both of the family’s cats.
He even buried one of the cats alive and later decapitated it.
Meanwhile, without Edmund Sr. around, Kemper’s mother began to focus her aggression on her teenage son. She made him sleep in the basement, claiming that he might hurt his sisters. And she regularly berated and insulted him, telling him that no woman would ever fall in love with him.
At the age of 14, Kemper had enough. He ran away from his mother’s house to live with his father. But by that point, his father had remarried another woman and he sent his son to live with his grandparents. There, Ed Kemper would become a killer for the first time. Ed Kemper’s First Victims: His Grandparents Find A Grave Edmund Kemper’s first victims were his grandparents, Edmund Emil Kemper and Maude Kemper. For Edmund Kemper, living on his grandparents’ ranch was no better than living at home.
He later called edmund kemper grandfather Edmund “senile” and complained that his grandmother Maude was “emasculating.” She “thought she had more balls edmund kemper any man and was constantly emasculating me and my grandfather to prove it,” Kemper later said.
After clashing with his grandmother on numerous occasions, Kemper became angrier and angrier. “I couldn’t please her.
It was like being in jail. I became a walking time bomb and I finally blew,” he said. On August 27, 1964, Kemper got into yet another explosive edmund kemper with his grandmother. But this time, the furious 15-year-old boy shot Maude Kemper in the head — with his grandfather’s .22 caliber rifle. Then, as his grandfather walked up the driveway toward the house, Kemper shot him, too. Both of his grandparents were now dead because of him.
He killed Maude, he later explained, because he “just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma.” But Kemper killed his grandfather so that he wouldn’t find out that his wife had been murdered. After they were both dead, he called his mother and confessed to everything. Kemper was then sent to the criminally insane unit of the Atascadero State Hospital. There, doctors determined that Kemper had paranoid schizophrenia — as well as a very impressive IQ.
But despite the crimes he committed, Edmund Kemper only stayed in the hospital for a few years. On his 21st birthday in 1969, he was released. Kemper then went to live with his mother, who was then working as an administrative assistant at the University of California in Santa Cruz. How Edmund Kemper Became The “Co-Ed Killer” Bettmann/Getty Images Aiko Koo, 15, one of Ed Kemper’s victims. Free again, it didn’t take Edmund Kemper long to indulge his murderous urges.
But at first, he initially tried to live a normal life. After being denied a job as a state trooper — edmund kemper he was deemed too large at 6’9″ and 300 pounds — Kemper decided to take up an available position at the Department of Transportation.
As he drove around California, Kemper noticed lots of women hitchhiking. So, he started to give them rides. “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,” Kemper said. He picked up over 100 girls without incident. But he couldn’t suppress the urge to kill. When later asked what crossed his mind when he saw a pretty girl, Kemper said: “One side of me says, ‘Wow, what an attractive chick. I’d like to talk to her, date her.’ The other side of me says, ‘I wonder how her head would look on a stick?'” By 1972, Kemper had turned to a life of violence yet again.
On May 7th, he picked up two Fresno State students, 18-year-old Mary Ann Pesce and 18-year-old Anita Luchessa, near Berkeley, California.
Kemper brought the women to a wooded area nearby, intending to rape them. But he panicked — and stabbed and choked the two women to death. He then stuffed them into his trunk and drove to his house in Alameda. On the way, a cop stopped him for a edmund kemper taillight but did not search the car. If he had, he would’ve found the bodies of Ed Kemper’s victims inside.
Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Edmund Kemper enjoys a smoke with a detective. The Co-Ed Killer’s amicable attitude fooled almost everyone during his crime spree and even had his investigators enjoying his company after he turned himself in. Once home, Kemper raped the bodies. He then dismembered them, placed the body parts into plastic bags, and disposed of them.
Ed Kemper’s victims were hidden somewhere in a ravine near Loma Prieta Mountain. From there, Kemper continued his murder spree, killing again on September 14, 1972. Like with his first murders, Kemper picked up a hitchhiker, 15-year-old Aiko Koo, who had missed her bus to dance class. During this encounter, Kemper accidentally locked himself out of his car but was able to persuade the young teenage girl to let him back inside. He then choked her unconscious, raped her, and killed her.
After stuffing Koo’s body in his trunk, Kemper recalled looking down at his latest kill with pride. He said that he “admir[ed] [his] catch like a fisherman.” Kemper soon began to risk getting caught — just for an additional thrill. He hung out at a bar called the Jury Room, which was popular with police officers. There, he made friends with local cops, who called him “Big Ed.” Kemper enjoyed being so close to the people trying to catch him. And even though Kemper moved back with his mother in 1973, he murdered three more college students he picked up around the nearby campus.
He even buried a severed head from one victim in his mother’s garden and left it facing toward her bedroom. According to him, he did this because his mother “always wanted people to look up to her.” His Final Murders And Confession Public Domain Ed Kemper shows cops where he buried some of the bodies. His cheerful demeanor made the stories of Ed Kemper’s victims all the more horrifying.
In truth, Edmund Kemper’s mother had been his real target the entire time. “[My victims] represented not what my mother was, but what she liked, what she coveted, what was important to her, and I was destroying it,” he said.
And living with Clarnell again brought Kemper right back to his childhood. “My mother and I started right in on horrendous battles, just horrible battles, violent and vicious,” he later explained. Everything edmund kemper on April 20, 1973. That night, Kemper bludgeoned his mother to death with a claw hammer while she was sleeping.
He then decapitated her and raped her severed head before using it as a dartboard. Edmund kemper also screamed at the head for an hour straight.
As if that weren’t enough, Kemper also cut out her tongue and larynx and placed them in the garbage disposal. But the mechanism couldn’t break up the tissue properly and spit her remains back into the sink. “That seemed appropriate,” Kemper quipped, “as much as she’d bitched and screamed and yelled at me over so many years.” Public Domain Detectives dig in the Co-Ed Killer’s yard in search of the remains of Ed Kemper’s victims. Even more shocking, he then invited his mother’s best friend, Sally Hallett, over to the house.
With a convoluted idea about a cover story — Kemper thought that he could say that his mother and her friend went on vacation together — Kemper murdered Hallett and stole her car. He then drove to Colorado, certain that he would soon see the two murders in the news. But after not hearing anything for a while, Kemper ended up calling the police from a phone booth. And he confessed to everything. At first, the police didn’t believe that “Big Ed” could be a killer.
But Kemper soon began to describe things that only the Co-Ed Killer could know. Bettmann/Getty Images The shocking stories of what happened to Ed Kemper’s victims horrified the nation. When asked why he stopped killing and turned himself in, Kemper said, “It wasn’t serving any physical or real or emotional purpose.
It was just a pure waste of time… Emotionally, I couldn’t handle it much longer.” He continued, “Toward the end there, I started feeling the folly of the whole damn thing, and at the point of near exhaustion, near collapse, I just said to hell with it and called it all off.” Kemper was arrested and later convicted of eight counts of first-degree murder.
Kemper attempted suicide twice and even requested the death penalty, but was ultimately given seven concurrent life sentences instead. Where Is Ed Kemper Now?
Bettmann/Getty Images Edmund Kemper being escorted into Judge Donald May’s court by the police. Edmund Kemper was imprisoned at the California Medical Facility alongside other notorious criminals like Charles Manson and Herbert Mullin. Kemper, who is now 72 years old, still resides in that same prison to this day. During his early years behind edmund kemper, Kemper willingly participated in a number of interviews with reporters and law enforcement officials. Before long, he was even meeting with the FBI to discuss edmund kemper heinous crimes and why he committed them — in a chillingly objective conversation.
As chronicled in season one of Netflix’s crime show Mindhunter, Edmund Kemper’s testimony about his state of mind during his murders was integral to law enforcement’s understanding of how serial killers operate.
Netflix Ed Kemper, as portrayed by actor Cameron Britton, on the Netflix series Mindhunter. In recent years, the Co-Ed Killer has garnered a reputation as a model prisoner. Now, Ed Kemper is in charge of scheduling other inmates’ appointments edmund kemper psychiatrists and has spent over 5,000 hours narrating audiobooks of stories like Dune and Star Wars.
But some people who knew Kemper personally have doubts that he has changed at all. “It’s laughable,” said Kemper’s half-brother, who goes by an alias to protect his identity. “[Kemper] is a complete sociopath.” “He could look you straight in the eye telling you how sorry he is for everything edmund kemper did while at the same time plotting your demise and you’d never even have a clue.” Now that you’ve read about Edmund Kemper, learn the story of Wayne Williams, another convicted killer featured on Mindhunter.
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