On October 13th, 2017 millions of Netflix subscribers will watch the TV show Mindhunter. This is the adaptation of the New York Times Bestseller Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. One of the first serial killers John Douglas talks about in the book is Ed Kemper or the Coed Killer. Edmund Kemper killed eight people with five being college girls. He killed both his grandmother and grandfather while also killing his mother. To say Ed Kemper had “mommy issues” is to put it lightly.
If you are watching the Netflix show Mindhunter you may wonder if it is based on a true story and if Ed Kemper is real. The show is based on a true story and Ed Kemper is real. You can find out much more about him on the Edmund Kemper Wikipedia page. You can also find the book Edmund Kemper: The True Story of The Co-ed Killer on Amazon. If you want the story behind Ed Kemper from the Mind Hunter himself read Mind Hunter by John Douglas.
So, is is true the Ed Kemper killed his grandmother and then killed his grandfather because he didn’t know what to tell him? Yes. Did Ed Kemper really cut off his mother’s head and physically abuse her decapitated body? Yes. Did Ed Kemper really pick up six different college girls and kill them? Yes.
He was a very deranged man that had issues growing up. His mother locked him in a windowless basement and he really didn’t have a father figure.
The College Girls Ed Kemper Killed
Below are the names of the college girls Ed Kemper killed:
- Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa
- Aiko Koo
- Cindy Schall
- Rosalind Thorpe and Allison Liu
He also killed his mother, Clarnell Strandberg and her friend, Sally Hallett. The story of his mother is very sickening and you can read about it more in the aforementioned books or on his Wikipedia page.
One of the most talked about facts about Ed Kemper was his size. He was 6’9″ and around 250 pounds which made it very easy to control these young women and kill them.
It will be interesting to see how this is depicted in the Netflix TV Show Mindhunter.