If you are a fan of the popular Netflix series Mindhunters, then you must have heard of the wicked serial killer Edmund Kemper.
With a height of 6.9 feet and an IQ of 145, he surely was a terrifying killer. The reason for the disturbed state of mind can be linked back to his childhood and his peculiar family life.
The Disturbed Childhood Of Edmund Kemper
The infamous serial killer was born in the year 1948 in Burbank, California. His father Edmund Emil Kemper II was a veteran of World War II and had a troubled marital life with his wife Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper.
Clarnell was a patient of borderline personality disorder and an alcoholic as well. There was no love between the two and Clarnell would occasionally insult her husband for his low-grade job.
On one occasion, the father is reported to have said that fighting in World War II was nothing as compared to living with Clarnell.
All these problems made his parents incompetent to look after the boy properly.
His mother never cared for him or looked after him fearing that it would turn him gay.
This was the time when Kemper began to take interest in s*xuality and death.
He would cut off the heads of his sister’s doll and would stalk his teacher carrying the knife of his father.
He even killed the family’s cat twice at the age of ten and thirteen.
He kept the remains of the cat in his cupboard until his mother found them out one day.
All these signs were the indication of his dark fantasies to which his parents paid no heed.
The father abandoned the family in the year 1957 when he could not bear living with Clarnell anymore.
Kemper was then left at the mercy of his mother who would occasionally insult and beat him and kept him locked up in the cellar for she feared that he would hurt his sisters.
She kept demoralizing the boy telling him that he would never be able to get love from any woman.
All of it became too much for Kemper and he ran away one day to live with his father who was residing in California.
Life With Grandparents And The First Murder
When Edmund went to live with his father in California, he found out that his father had married again, therefore he could not keep Edmund with him.
So he sent him to live with his grandparents on a ranch they owned and lived.