Edmund Kemper (The Co-ed Killer)
Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer: Edmund Kemper
Edmund Kemper is one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. Born in 1948, he was responsible for the deaths of at least eight people in California between 1964 and 1973. His gruesome acts earned him the nickname “The Co-ed Killer” because all but two of his victims were college students. But what made Kemper so dangerous? Let’s take a look inside the mind of this notorious killer.
Early Life and Mental Illness
Kemper grew up in a dysfunctional home with his father, who was an alcoholic and abusive towards both his mother and himself. The young Kemper suffered from severe depression and anxiety as well as sociopathy, which is characterized by a lack of empathy or remorse for others. At just 15 years old, he shot both his grandparents — an act that would ultimately land him behind bars for over five years before being released on parole in 1969.
Shortly after being released from prison, Kemper began to kill again. His first victim was Mary Ann Pesce, whom he abducted from Stanford University in May 1972. He then killed her friend Anita Mary Luchessa shortly after her disappearance and dumped their bodies at different locations near Santa Cruz, California. Over the course of several months, he went on to murder six more people — five women and one man — whose bodies were also found in various locations around Santa Cruz County. Most of these victims were hitchhikers who had accepted rides from Kemper while he was out driving late at night looking for potential prey.
Capture and Imprisonment
It wasn’t until April 1973 that police finally captured Kemper after he murdered his mother and her best friend while they were asleep at home one night. He turned himself into police immediately afterward and confessed to all eight murders during questioning without any signs of remorse or regret. He was found guilty on all charges in November 1973 and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole at Vacaville Medical Facility where he remains to this day.
Edmund Kemper is one of America’s most infamous serial killers whose heinous acts shocked even hardened detectives when they discovered what had happened behind closed doors during his killing spree from 1972 – 1973. Despite growing up with an abusive father who caused him significant emotional trauma as a child, few could have predicted that this would lead him down the path to becoming one of America’s most dangerous criminals – a path that has now left him facing life in prison without parole for his crimes against humanity. While we may never understand why someone like Edmund Kemper commits such disgusting acts against innocent people, it serves as a reminder to us all that even those closest to us can be capable of unthinkable evil if given access to opportunity or resources to do so. It is important that we remain vigilant against such evil no matter how unlikely it may seem so that we can continue living peacefully with our neighbors well into the future.