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Serial killers who surrender

It’s commonly believed that serial killers cannot stop because their compulsion is so strong that they’re literally addicted to murder. In some cases, however, they’ve turned themselves in to stop the killing. On April 23, 1973, serial killer Edmund Kemper called police and confessed his crimes. An examination of what motivates the few who stopped themselves.

The definitive Edmund Kemper

A deeply troubled but intelligent teenager, Edmund Kemper killed his grandparents, then six female hitchhikers, then his mother and her friend. He turned himself in on April 23, 1973, and is now spending the rest of his days in a California prison. Find all the information on Kemper that Crime Library has to offer here, all in once place.

Video: Serial Killer Edmund Kemper Describes Murdering His Mother

Also known as the Coed Killer, Edmund Kemper started out by murdering his grandparents at age 15. He went on to kill and decapitate six female hitchhikers, in order to have sex with their severed heads, often after an argument with his mother, Clarnell. Ultimately he killed and decapitated her too. In the following audio recording of Kemper describes her murder.

Today in Crime History: Edmund Kemper Confesses to Murder

On April 23, 1973, the Santa Cruz police received a call that they could not quite believe. It was from a phone booth in Pueblo, Colorado, from a twenty-four-year-old man who had eaten with them, drank with them, and talked with them for hours: Big Ed, or Edmund Kemper. And now he was telling them that he had committed murder.

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