Bobby's School of Criminology Part 9 - Edmund Kemper

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Edmund Kemper, also known as the Co-ed Butcher, is a necrophilic Californian serial killer. He killed 10 people, including his mom and grandparents. He was mostly active in the early 1970s in Santa Cruz. What was going on in his mind as he committed these acts?

Edmund Emil Kemper III was born December 18, 1948 in Burbank, California. As a child, he exhibited psychopathic behavior, such as torturing and killing animals. He reportedly stabbed and buried cats alive. He had a close relationship with his father though he was raised in Montana by his mother. He had a volatile relationship with his mentally unstable alcoholic mother, who would force him to sleep in the basement. After he ran away to Van Nuys, his mother sent him to live with his grandparents in North Fork, California.

On August 27, 1964, he shot his grandma in the head as they argued in the kitchen. When his grandpa came home, he shot him in the driveway. He called the police and was eventually sent to a mental hospital. He was released in 1969 and worked a series of jobs.

Kemper, who now was almost seven feet tall, embarked on a killing spree from May 1972 to April 1973. He mostly killed female hitchhikers, whom he would rape and dissect after they were dead. He killed six of them and never was suspected.

On May 7, 1972, he killed two college students, Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa. He stabbed them to death before raping and dismembering the bodies. In September, he killed Aiko Koo, whom he strangled and then raped. He shot and killed Cindy Schall the following year before dismembering and burying her. He killed two more college students in February. He shot Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Liu before raping and dismembering them.

His final murders were of his mother and her friend. He beat her to death with a hammer before decapitating her and using her as a dart board. He also cut out her vocal cords. When her friend came over, he strangled her to death. He fled the state before turning himself in in Pueblo, Colorado.

At his trial, he pleaded insanity. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. He is incarcerated at California Medical Facility in Vacaville. At the time of his arrest, Santa Cruz became the Murder Capital of the World. This was due to another serial killer at the exact same time, Herbert Mullin.

So what can you tell from this story. It seems he was born to kill and his mother just fueled the fire. I don't think he's the most evil serial killer. I sense a small dose of humanity in his soul. He has been incarcerated for over forty years though, even if he is fully rehabilitated as it seems, he will probably never be released. It's fine with him though cause he never wants to be released. That speaks to his guilty conscience.

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