Edmund Kemper

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
The Co-Ed Killer, Big Ed10MaleCaucasianUSANomadicSexual1948/12/18 (Burbank, California, USA)n/a

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Co-ed Killer, TheMargaret CheneyAmazon
Why?: The Serial Killer in AmericaMargaret CheneyAmazon

Videography

TitleSources
KemperAmazon (DVD), Amazon (Video on Demand)
Most Evil: Masterminds (Episode 2x08)
Most Evil: The Killer's Brain (Episode 3x08)
Twisted: The Co-Ed Butcher (Episode 3x04)

Edmund Kemper killed ten people in the early 1970s. Most of his victims were female hitchhikers, but he also killed two of his grandparents, his mother, and a friend of his mother’s.

Blog Posts

Victim Studies 018: Edmund Kemper

on May 2nd, 2012 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies by | No Comments

Edmund Kemper, otherwise known as the Co-ed Killer, was found guilty for the murders of eight people in the Santa Cruz area of the United States. Kemper’s murder series is believed to have started in early May of 1972, at the age of 24, and continued until April 20, 1973….

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Episode 052: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 2

on October 28th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Last week, we looked at 4 of the 7 phases of the serial killer cycle: the aura phase, the trolling phase, the wooing phase, and the capture. This week, we look at the last three phases: the murder, the totem phase, and the depression phase. By the way, this episode…

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Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Episode 050: Herbert Mullin, Part 4

on October 14th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | 1 Comment

When we concluded last week, Herbert Mullin had just killed his former friend and marijuana dealer James Gianera, James’ wife, and three people that lived where James had used to. This week, we draw Mullin’s story to its close. Mentioned in this Episode: Edmund Kemper You can also download the…

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Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

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Episode 023: Mutilation, Part 2

on April 1st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Last week, we began exploring a question from Lalith about why serial killers mutilate their victims in different ways. We looked at a couple of psychological motivations, as well as mutilation for forensic countermeasures and trophy hunting. This week, we continue (and conclude) this exploration. First up, cannibalism. Mentioned: Marti…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Episode 021: Questions & Answers I

on March 18th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes by | 3 Comments

This week we have our first Questions and Answers episode. The questions asked and answered are: Who’s your favorite serial killer? What serial killers do you find least interesting, and why? What type of serial killer scares you? Do you think serial killers are created by nature or nurture? Have…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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