When you hear of serial killers, you probably think of crazed eyes and delusions. You most certainly won’t have Edmund Kemper’s calm, seemingly harmless face in mind. Neither did his victims.
Dubbed the infamous ‘co-ed killer,’ Kemper’s story may elicit emotions of hate and sometimes pity. After all, who would think this big, friendly giant dangerous?
But, those kind, intelligent eyes held an evil that sprouted and grew from a very young age. An evil that almost consumed his family.
10 He Had A Terrible Childhood
Edmund Kemper’s early life was tumultuous. Born on 18 December 1948 to Edmund Emil Kemper II, a World War II veteran, and Clarnell Stage, Ed’s parent’s marriage was less than rosy.
They were always quarreling, with Clarnell continually complaining about Ed’s father’s ‘menial’ job as an electrician. In 1957, his parents divorced. Kemper then left Burbank, California, with his mom and relocated to Helena in Montana.
9 An Early Start To Killing
Kemper started showing violent, murderous tendencies at a tender age. At age 10, he killed his family cat by burying it alive.
He wasn’t done, though. Kemper exhumed the cat’s body, decapitated it, and impaled its head on a spike.
That would not be the only family cat to die at his hands. At age 13, he killed another and stored its remains in his closet. He also played bizarre, dark games with his younger sister’s dolls, which ended in their beheading.
According to interviews he gave later, he also played a ‘game’ where he’d sit on a chair, tell his sisters to pull a switch, and he’ll fall off the chair writhing in ‘pain’ from pretend ‘gas’ or ‘electrocution.’ He called the games “Gas Chamber” and “Electric Chair.”