Edmund Kemper: The Co-Ed Killer

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“When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things: one part of me wants to take her home, be real nice and treat her right; the other part wonders what her head would look like on a stick.” Edmund Kemper came to be known as the Co-Ed Killer. He was born on December 18th, 1948, in Burbank, California to Edmund Jr. and Clarnel Kemper. He had two sisters, one of whom was younger and one who was older. As a child, Edmund was very close to his father and when his parents divorced in 1957 this affected Edmund considerably and he probably began to become more deranged. His mother took him and his sisters to live in Montana. Edmund had a high IQ, tested at 145 when he was an adult. But he was a sociopath even as a child. He…show more content…
But his father had remarried and had another son, upon whom he doted and this made Edmund feel pushed out and distraught. He was sent back to his mother. At 14, he was sent to live with his paternal grandparents, Edmund Sr. and Maude Kemper. They had a ranch in North Fork, California. By this time, Edmund was already 6’4” (1.93m) but he still got bullied at school. He didn’t get on with his grandma. So he shot her. He said he had done it to find out what it felt like. When his grandfather returned he shot him too saying that he wanted to spare him the sight of his dead wife. He called his mother who told him to ring the police, which he did. After being arrested, Edmund was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to the Mental Hospital at Ata Scadero for the Criminally Insane. He had a good relationship with his psychiatrist and Edmund even became his assistant. On his 21st birthday, December 18th, 1969, Edmund was released, against the advice of several psychologists, and sent back to his…show more content…
He offered a ride to two students who attended the college where his mother worked. The girls were called Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Liu. After shooting them, he drove out of the campus gates with the women in the car. He took them home where he decapitated them and dismembered them, removing the bullets from their heads. He disposed of body parts in different places and in March of the same year some hikers came across some of them. On April 19th, 1973, Edmund hammered his mother to death whilst she slept. Over the next few hours, he enjoyed dismembering her and decapitating her. He used her head for oral sex and then started to throw darts at it. He cut out her vocal chords and threw them in the garbage disposer. Still not satiated, he invited his mother’s friend 0ver, Sally Hallett, and killed her too. For the next four days, Edmund drove around in his yellow Galaxy listening to the radio for news of the murders he had committed. But the news never came, so frustrated he rang his police friends at the Santa Cruz PD and confessed to eight murders. At first, they thought that Edmund was having a sick joke and didn’t take him seriously. But Edmund persisted and kept ringing them until at last they had to take him
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