Dirty Little Secret (Ed Kemper)

On April 25th 1973 the Santa Cruz California police department received a strange call from a phone booth in the little town of Pueblo Colorado. Ge claimed to have killed his mother and her best friend, and then gone on the run, but that was just the beginning of it. Edmund Kemper, also known as (shudder) the coed killer, is the most notorious serial killer you may have never heard of. Ed brutally murdered eleven women and one man, but he didn’t just kill them, oh no, he had a particular interest in decapitation and necrophilia. Ed’s crime’s began when he murdered his grandparents at just fifteen years old and ended with his mother’s hideously gruesome murder just 9 years later. Ed is not just a cold blooded murderer though, he is master manipulator, a legal genius and the reason criminal profiling is as advanced as it is today. Edmund Kemper is arguably the most influential case is modern crime, and one that is referenced time and time again. File this one away in your crime primer fiends because you’ll see pieces of it appear time and time again. Ed is credited as one half of the inspiration for the character of Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs (the other half being one of our former subjects, the ghoul of Plainfield, Ed Gein) and his story is prominently featured in the hit Netflix true crime drama series Mindhunter. 

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1984 prison interview 

1991 extended prison interview

Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

 

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