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Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948) is an American serial killer, serial rapist, cannibal,[1][2] and necrophile who murdered ten people, including his paternal grandparents and mother. He is noted for his height of 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m), and for his high intellect, possessing an IQ of 145. Kemper was nicknamed the Co-ed Killer, as most of his victims were female college students.

Born in California, Kemper had a troubled upbringing. His parents divorced; as a child, he moved to Montana with his abusive mother before returning to California, where he murdered his paternal grandparents when he was 15. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by court psychiatrists and sentenced to the Atascadero State Hospital as a criminally insane juvenile.

Released at the age of 21 after convincing psychiatrists he was rehabilitated, Kemper was regarded as non-threatening by his future victims. He targeted young female hitchhikers during his killing spree, luring them into his vehicle and driving them to secluded areas where he would murder them before taking their corpses back to his home to be decapitated, dismembered, and violated. Kemper then murdered his mother and one of her friends before turning himself in to the authorities.

Found sane and guilty at his trial in 1973, Kemper requested the death penalty for his crimes. Capital punishment was suspended in California at the time, and he instead received eight concurrent life sentences. Since then, he has been incarcerated in the California Medical Facility.[3]

Edmund Emil Kemper III was born in Burbank, California, on December 18, 1948.[4] He was the middle child and only son born to Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper (née Stage, 1921–1973) and Edmund Emil Kemper Jr. (1917–1985).[5][6] Edmund Jr. was a World War II veteran who, after the war, tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific Proving Grounds before returning to California, where he worked as an electrician.[7][8] Clarnell often complained about Edmund II's "menial" electrician job,[8] and he later said "suicide missions in wartime and the atomic bomb testings were nothing compared to living with her" and that Clarnell affected him "more than three hundred and ninety-six days and nights of fighting on the front did."[9]

Weighing 13 pounds (5.9 kg) as a newborn, Kemper was a head taller than his peers by the age of four.[10] Early on, he exhibited antisocial behavior such as cruelty to animals: At the age of 10, he buried a pet cat alive; once it died, he dug it up, decapitated it, and mounted its head on a spike.[11][12] Kemper later stated that he derived pleasure from successfully lying to his family about killing the cat.[13] At the age of 13, he killed another family cat when he perceived it to be favoring his younger sister, Allyn Lee Kemper (born 1951), over him; and he kept pieces of it in his closet until his mother found them.[14][15]

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