Edmund Kemper

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RUNNING HEAD

Gorank Gandhi
Mr. Mason
Criminal Science
Dec 14, 2012

EDMUND KEMPER: The Coed Butcher
Edmund Emil "Big Ed" Kemper III (born December 18, 1948), also known as "The Co-ed Killer", is an American serial killer who was active in California in the early 1970s. He started his criminal life by shooting both his grandparents when he was 15 years old. Kemper later killed and dismembered six female hitchhikers in the Santa Cruz area. He then murdered his mother and one of her friends before turning himself in to the authorities’ days later. Kemper was the middle child and only son born to Edmund Emil Kemper, Jr. (1919–1985) and Clarnell E. Strandberg (1921–1973). As a child he was extremely bright, but displayed sociopathic behavior from a young age, including cruelty to animals; he purportedly fatally stabbed a cat as a child. He acted out bizarre sexual rituals with his sisters' dolls, was a pyromaniac, and showed signs of necrophilia. Kemper had a close relationship with his father, and was devastated when his parents divorced in 1957, and had to be raised by his mother in Helena, Montana. He had a horrible relationship with his mother Clarnell, a violent woman who would constantly belittle and humiliate him. Clarnell often made her son sleep in a locked basement; she feared that he would rape his younger sister. It was alleged that she had borderline personality disorder. In the summer of 1963, Kemper ran away from home and hoped to seek his father in California. Once there, he learned that his father had remarried, and did not want anything to do with his son; the senior Kemper placed his son in the care of his paternal grandparents – Edmund and Maude Kemper. His grandparents lived on a 17-acre ranch in the mountains of North Fork, California. Kemper found it unpleasant living in North Fork, especially because he disliked his grandmother.

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On August 27, 1964, 15-year-old Edmund Emil Kemper III was with his paternal...
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