Edmund Kemper

Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948), also known as The Co-ed Killer or The Co-ed Butcher, is an American serial killer, rapist, necrophile and cannibal who is known for having abducted and murdered several women in the early 1970s in Santa Cruz, as well as having murdered both of his paternal grandparents and his mother. He started his criminal life by murdering his grandparents when he was fifteen-years-old, and was subsequently diagnosed as being psychotic and a paranoid schizophrenic before being sentenced to a 5-year term as a criminally insane juvenile. Released at the age of twenty-one after convincing psychiatrists he was rehabilitated, Kemper was regarded as innocent and non-threatening by his young female victims – embodying the persona of a „gentle giant”, a facade he created using nonverbal cues, such as deliberately glancing at his watch while approaching his victims, to deceive them into entering his vehicle. He solely targeted young student hitchhikers during his murder spree, luring them into his vehicle and driving them to quiet, unfrequented areas where he would murder them before taking their corpses back to his home to be violated and desecrated, with Kemper often keeping the severed heads of his victims for several days before disposal. He then murdered his mother and one of her friends before turning himself in to the authorities. He requested the death penalty for his crimes, however capital punishment was temporarily suspended in California and he instead received eight life sentences, since when Kemper has been incarcerated in the California Medical Facility. Kemper is noted for his imposing stature and high intelligence, standing 6-foot-9-inches (2.06 m) tall, weighing over 300 lbs (136 kg) and having an IQ in the genius range, attributes that left his victims with little chance to overcome him.

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