Kemper was nicknamed the "Co-ed Killer" as most of his victims were students at co-educational institutions. Born in California, Kemper had a disturbed childhood. He moved to Montana with his abusive mother at a young age before returning to California, where he murdered his paternal grandparents when he was He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic 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 started a new job working for TNT as a delivery driver. 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 , 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.
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Since then, he has been incarcerated in the California Medical Facility. Kemper has waived his right to a parole hearing several times and has said he is happy in prison. Weighing 13 pounds 5. Kemper had a dark fantasy life: he performed rituals with his younger sister's dolls that culminated in him removing their heads and hands,  and, on one occasion, when his elder sister, Susan Hughey Kemper — , teased him and asked why he did not try to kiss his teacher, he replied: "If I kiss her, I'd have to kill her first. Kemper had a close relationship with his father and was devastated when his parents separated in , causing him to be raised by Clarnell in Helena, Montana.
He had a severely dysfunctional relationship with his mother, a neurotic , domineering alcoholic who would frequently belittle, humiliate, and abuse him. At the age of 15, Kemper ran away from home in an attempt to reconcile with his father in Van Nuys , California. Kemper stayed with his father for a short while until the elder Kemper sent him to live with his paternal grandparents, who lived on a ranch in the mountains of North Fork.
Enraged, Kemper stormed off and retrieved a rifle that his grandfather had given him for hunting. He then returned to the kitchen and fatally shot his grandmother in the head before firing twice more into her back. Kemper then called the police and waited for them to take him into custody. When questioned by authorities, Kemper said that he "just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma," and that he killed his grandfather so that he would not have to find out that his wife was dead.
At Atascadero, California Youth Authority psychiatrists and social workers strongly disagreed with the court psychiatrists' diagnoses. Their reports stated that Kemper showed "no flight of ideas, no interference with thought, no expression of delusions or hallucinations, and no evidence of bizarre thinking,"  and recorded that he had an IQ of Kemper endeared himself to his psychiatrists by being a model prisoner, and was trained to administer psychiatric tests to other inmates. He really took pride in his work.
On December 18, , his 21st birthday, Kemper was released on parole from Atascadero. If I were to see this patient without having any history available or getting any history from him, I would think that we're dealing with a very well adjusted young man who had initiative, intelligence and who was free of any psychiatric illnesses It is my opinion that he has made a very excellent response to the years of treatment and rehabilitation and I would see no psychiatric reason to consider him to be of any danger to himself or to any member of society My mother and I started right in on horrendous battles, just horrible battles, violent and vicious.
I've never been in such a vicious verbal battle with anyone. It would go to fists with a man, but this was my mother and I couldn't stand the thought of my mother and I doing these things. She insisted on it, and just over stupid things. I remember one roof-raiser was over whether I should have my teeth cleaned. When he had saved enough money, Kemper moved out to live with a friend in Alameda.
Here he still complained of being unable to get away from his mother, as she regularly phoned him and paid him surprise visits. The same year he began working for the Highway Department, Kemper began dating a year-old Turlock High School student to whom he would later become engaged. While driving around in the Ford Galaxie he bought with his settlement money, he noticed a large number of young women hitchhiking , and began storing plastic bags, knives, blankets, and handcuffs in his car.
He then began picking up girls and peacefully letting them go—according to Kemper, he picked up around such hitchhikers  —before he felt homicidal sexual urges, which he called his "little zapples,"  and began acting on them. Between May and April , Kemper killed eight women in a murder spree that ended with the deaths of his mother and her best friend.
He would pick up female students who were hitchhiking and take them to isolated areas where he would shoot, stab, smother or strangle them. He would then take their bodies back home where he would decapitate them, perform irrumatio on their severed heads, have sexual intercourse with their corpses , and then dismember them.
Kemper has stated in interviews that he would often go hunting for victims after his mother's outbursts towards him, including her refusal to introduce him to women attending the university where she worked. He recalled: "She would say, 'You're just like your father. You don't deserve to get to know them'.
Kemper put both of the women's bodies in the trunk of his Ford Galaxie and returned to his apartment. He was stopped on the way by a police officer for having a broken taillight, but the officer did not detect the corpses in the car. He then put the body parts into plastic bags, which he later abandoned near Loma Prieta Mountain. An extensive search failed to turn up the rest of Pesce's remains or a trace of Luchessa. On the evening of September 14, , Kemper picked up a year-old dance student of Korean and Latvian heritage named Aiko Koo, who had decided to hitchhike to a dance class after missing her bus.
However, Koo let him back inside Kemper had previously gained the year-old's trust while holding her at gunpoint. Back inside the car, he proceeded to choke her unconscious, rape her, and kill her.
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Back at his apartment, he had sexual intercourse with the corpse before dismembering and disposing of the remains in a similar manner as his previous two victims. On January 7, , Kemper, who had moved back in with his mother, was driving around the Cabrillo College campus when he picked up year-old student Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Schall. He drove to a sequestered wooded area and fatally shot her with a.
He then placed her body in the trunk of his car and drove to his mother's house, where he kept her body hidden in a closet in his room overnight. When his mother left for work the next morning, he had sexual intercourse with, and removed the bullet from, Schall's corpse before dismembering and decapitating her in his mother's bathtub. Kemper kept Schall's severed head for several days, regularly engaging in irrumatio with it,  before burying it in his mother's garden facing upward toward her bedroom — later remarking that his mother "always wanted people to look up to her.
On February 5, , after a heated argument with his mother, Kemper left his house in search of possible victims. Kemper had such a sticker as his mother worked at University of California, Santa Cruz. According to Kemper, Thorpe entered his car first, which reassured Liu to also enter.
Kemper again brought his victims back to his mother's house; this time he beheaded them in his car and carried the headless corpses into his mother's house to have sexual intercourse with them. You know, the head is where everything is at, the brain, eyes, mouth. That's the person. I remember being told as a kid, you cut off the head and the body dies. The body is nothing after the head is cut off On April 20, , after coming home from a party, year-old Clarnell Elizabeth Strandberg awakened her son with her arrival. While sitting in her bed reading a book, she noticed Kemper enter her room and said to him, "I suppose you're going to want to sit up all night and talk now.
He subsequently decapitated her and engaged in irrumatio with her severed head before using it as a dart board ; Kemper stated that he "put [her head] on a shelf and screamed at it for an hour However, the garbage disposal could not break down the tough vocal cords and ejected the tissue back into the sink.
Kemper then hid his mother's corpse in a closet and went out to drink. It read:. No need for her to suffer any more at the hands of this horrible "murderous Butcher". It was quick—asleep—the way I wanted it. Not sloppy and incomplete, gents. Just a "lack of time".
I got things to do!!! Kemper then fled the scene, driving to Pueblo, Colorado. He confessed to the murders of his mother and Hallett, but the police did not take his call seriously and told him to call back at a later time. Kemper confessed to that officer of killing his mother and Hallett, and waited for the police to arrive and take him into custody, where he also confessed to the murders of the six students.
It wasn't serving any physical or real or emotional purpose. It was just a pure waste of time Emotionally, I couldn't handle it much longer.
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Toward the end there, I started feeling the folly of the whole damn thing, and at the point of near exhaustion, near collapse, I just said to hell with it and called it all off. Kemper was indicted on eight counts of first-degree murder on May 7, Due to Kemper's explicit and detailed confession, his counsel's only option was to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges. Kemper twice tried to commit suicide in custody.
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His trial went ahead on October 23, Three court-appointed psychiatrists found Kemper to be legally sane. One of the psychiatrists, Dr. Joel Fort, investigated his juvenile records and the diagnosis that he was once psychotic. Fort also interviewed Kemper, including under truth serum , and relayed to the court that Kemper had engaged in cannibalism , alleging that he sliced flesh from the legs of his victims, then cooked and consumed these strips of flesh in a casserole.
California used the M'Naghten standard , which held that for a defendant to "establish a defense on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of mind, and not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or if he did know it, that he did not know he was doing what was wrong.
He testified that he killed the victims because he wanted them "for myself, like possessions,"  and attempted to convince the jury that he was insane based on the reasoning that his actions could only have been committed by someone with an aberrant mind. You do not currently have access to this article. Download all figures. Sign in. You could not be signed in. Sign In Forgot password? Don't have an account? Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
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