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Serial Killer Profile: Edmund Kemper

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Edmund Kemper, was born on December 18, 1948 in Burbank, California and was dubbed the "Co-ed Killer". Edmund Kemper first killed at the age of 15 when on August 27, 1964, he shot and killed both of his grandparents. When the police asked him why he did it, Edmund Kemper simply answered that he "just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma and Grandpa." He was sent to a state hospital where he spent some time before being released against the recommendations of a number of doctors.

Those doctors were proved right when in the period between May 1972 and February 1973, Edmund Kemper went on a murder spree where he picked up hitchhiking female college students and kill them. He stabbed, shot, and smothered his victims before taking their bodies back to his apartment where he then chopped them up and had sexual intercourse with the remains. He would often dump the 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."

Edmund Kemper killed six girls before April 1973 when he killed his mother by beating her with a hammer while she slept. Once he killed his mother Edmund Kemper decapitated her, and used her head as a dartboard after putting her vocal cords in the garbage disposal. He then invited one of his mother's friends over to the house and killed her too before calling the police and confessing to what he had done.

Edmund Kemper's victims were:

* 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

At his trial Edmund Kemper was found guilty on eight counts of murder and because the death penalty wasn't active at the time he was sentence to life imprisonment.

Edmund Kemper has become something of a folk figure. The character of Buffalo Bill in the book The Silence of the Lambs in based in part on Kemper and one of the characters in the book American Psycho quotes one of Edmund Kemper's more horrific quotes. The quote was "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."