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The definitive Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper, also known as the “Co-ed Killer,” began his life of crime at the age of 15 when he murdered his grandparents. After a spate of killing and cutting up female hitchhikers, he killed his mother and her friend before turning himself in. In the 1970s, the state of California feared the wrath of the imposingly tall and highly intelligent Edmund. Though he will be in jail for the rest of his life, he sparked enough fear for a lifetime.

Born: December 18, 1948

Sentenced: Life imprisonment without parole.

Victims: 10                                                  


- Edmund’s height made him an intimidating presence; he stands at 6 feet, 9 inches.

- Edmund was an only child.



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