Edmund Kemper, who is popularly known as “The Co-Ed Killer,” is one of the most monstrous serial killers of American descent that is often overlooked. At 6’9″, Edmund Kemper was an intimidating serial killer with an IQ of 145.
And just like it is with most serial killers, Edmund’s serial killing tendencies can be attributed to his troubled childhood. He exhibited this trait at a very young age when he stalked his second-grade teacher with a bayonet and decapitated his sisters’ dolls.
Edmund Kemper Had A Troubled Childhood
In 1948, Edmund Kemper was born in Burbank, California, to Edmund Emil Kemper II and Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper.
His father, Edmund Emil Kemper II, was a World War II veteran who worked on nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific, and his mother, Clarnell, who suffered from a borderline personality disorder, was an alcoholic.
Emil Kemper II and Clarnell Elizabeth’s marriage can be best described as a “damaging and loveless” one. Clarnell often chastised her husband because of his “menial” job and would never hug Kemper for fear that it would “turn him gay.”
According to Emil Kemper II, living with his wife Clarnell, was nothing compared to all his suicide missions during wartime, he said:
“Suicide missions in wartime and the later atomic bombs testing were nothing compared to living with Clarnell.”
At the same time, Kemper demonstrated dark fantasies relating to death and s*xuality. His serial killing adventure began when he stalked his second-grade teacher outside her house and decapitated his sister’s dolls in elaborate rites.
Although he began to display these traits from an early age, his parents were ill-prepared to deal with his problems.
In 1958 when Kemper was 10, he killed his family’s cat. Three years later, he also killed his family’s pet cat, but this time, he kept pieces of the cat in his closet until his mother eventually found them.
Edmund’s father left him in the company of Clarnell and his two sisters in 1957. This made Clarnell more aggressive towards him as she constantly berated and insulted him. She believed that no woman would ever love him, and she never shied away from telling him this at every chance she got.
By the age of 15, Edmund was already 6’4″ tall, and Clarnell feared him, not particularly because of his intimidating height. She feared that he could harm his sisters, so she often made him sleep in a locked basement.
During one of his interviews, Edmund described his mother as a “sick angry woman.” It was later established that Carnell suffered from a borderline personality disorder.
When he was 14, Edmund fled from his mother’s house to live with his father, Edmund Emil Kemper II in California. But his father had remarried at this point, and so he sent him to live with his paternal grandparents on their ranch.
Edmund Kemper’s First Murders
On August 27, 1964, Edmund got into a heated argument with his grandmother Maude Matilda Hughey Kemper. The enraged 15-year-old fatally shot his grandmother in the head before firing twice more into her back with a .22 caliber rifle that his grandfather had given him for hunting.
Some reports suggest that Maude Matilda Hughey Kemper was stabbed severally with a kitchen knife after she died.
When his grandfather, Edmund Emil Kemper, returned from grocery shopping, Edmund also killed him as he was walking up the driveway towards the house. Edmund claims that he killed his grandfather so that he would not have to find out his wife was dead.
After killing his grandparents, Edmund was unsure of his next line of action, and so he called his mother. Carnell urged him to report to the local police. He then called the police, who eventually took him into custody.
Because Edmund was only 15 years old when he murdered his grandparents, his crimes were considered incomprehensible.
He was also diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic by court psychiatrists who sent him to Atascadero State Hospital, where it was established that he had an above-average IQ of 145.