Netflix’ Mindhunter recently shed light on one of America’s most notorious personalities, Ed Kemper. As portrayed, he was used to gaining insight into the thought process of a serial killer, which served as a critical factor in the development of the modern psychological profile used in the investigation of serial killings. Here are some of the things you should know about the killer.
Who Is Ed Kemper?
Born as Edmund Emil Kemper III on December 18, 1948, in California, more precisely in Burbank, Ed is the only son of his parents, Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper and Edmund Emil Kemper II. It goes without saying that Ed Kemper had a strange and difficult childhood. His parents had a strained relationship, with his father famously declaring that suicide missions and atomic bomb tests were easier compared to life with Ed Kemper’s mother.
Apart from his reputation as a murderer, one of Kemper’s most outstanding characteristics is his stature. He is 1.82 meters tall, and the tendency toward his giant stature was evident at birth; as a newborn, he weighed 13 pounds.
Psychologists have spent years trying to figure out the mind of a psychopath, and while some consider this a dietary problem, others consider it a natural effect. Whatever it is, it began to manifest itself in Ed Kemper at the age of 10. He once buried a pet alive and then dug it up to decapitate it and put its head on a thorn.
By the time his teenage years were over, he had killed two cats and established himself as a disturbed individual with his family members. He regularly got into fights and arguments with his mother, who often locked him in a basement.
His First Victims Were His Paternal Grandparents
Frustrated with living with his mother and siblings, he ran away from home to live with his father, who was separated from his mother for a while. However, when he came to Van Nuys, his father had remarried and had another son. Dissatisfied with the knowledge of another son in his father’s life and the difficulty of living with his father’s new family, he was sent to his paternal grandparents. He would kill them later.
Ed Kemper committed his first murder at the age of 16 when he killed his grandmother after an argument. He shot her in the head with a pistol before he shot her in the back twice. When he returned from a trip to the grocery store, his grandfather was also fatally wounded. It was the rifle he had bought for Ed Kemper for hunting. After the murders, Kemper called the police on himself.
He was arrested and then detained by the California Department of Corrections after being tried as a minor. Kemper was sent back to the care of psychiatrists who recognized that he was a sociopath, albeit a highly intelligent one.
Kemper was released on his 21st birthday after 5 years in prison. Upon his release, his juvenile records were deleted after the psychiatrists determined that he had had an excellent response to treatment. After his release, he continued to live with his mother and attended a community college with the intention of becoming a police officer.
More Killings and Sleeping with Corpses
His next series of murders occurred in 1972, and after he bought a vehicle with the settlement funds he received from a civil suit, he began the habit of driving on the highway and picking up hitchhikers, most of whom were women. On May 7, 1972, he picked up two women, Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa. Kemper took the women to a remote area of the highway with which he had become familiar and killed them. After killing them, he took their bodies home and had sex with them. As he did with a cat when he was 13 years old, he dismembered their bodies and disposed of them. Over the next year, Kemper killed 6 more women, culminating in the murder of his mother and her best friend.
How He Killed His Mother
He not only murdered his mother on April 20, 1973 but also committed cruel acts on her body, including sex with her corpse. He also killed her best friend, Sally Hallett, whom he had invited into his home after his mother’s murder. He strangled her to death and decapitated her body.
Kemper turned to the police. He was tried for murder in eight cases and was sentenced to eight life sentences in a Californian medical facility, despite having applied for the death penalty. Recent news suggests that Kemper is alive and well, and is even considered a model prisoner.