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American serial killer Edmund Kemper III stalked co-eds in California at the height of the era of peace and free love, dismembering his victims and tossing their body parts in remote areas around Santa Cruz. As pieces of young women began washing up on shore and turning up alongside rural highways, female residents – especially college students – were decidedly on edge. A l American serial killer Edmund Kemper III stalked co-eds in California at the height of the era of peace and free love, dismembering his victims and tossing their body parts in remote areas around Santa Cruz. As pieces of young women began washing up on shore and turning up alongside rural highways, female residents – especially college students – were decidedly on edge. A lust killer who savored the act of decapitating his victims - and often used their severed heads for sexual pleasure - Kemper’s story is particularly twisted among historical serial killers. Still, the true crime tale of Edmund Kemper is particularly fascinating, because the man many people called “a gentle giant” was a near genius whose cunning manipulation of others made him particularly depraved and dangerous. This true crime story, a detailed biography of one of the most psychopathic serial killers of our time, shares some insight into the troubled childhood and awkward nature that led the American serial killer to take 10 lives, including those of six pretty co-eds, his paternal grandparents, his calculatingly cruel mother and his mother’s best friend. Among historical serial killers, Kemper is especially depraved, since he included necrophilia and cannibalism in his gruesome mix of sordid criminal activity. Ultimately, Kemper’s murderous inclinations and urges to kill were satisfied after he bludgeoned to death his mother, a woman he’d hated since he was eight years old, and he turned himself in. But if he hadn’t finally acted on his long-held fantasy to end his mother’s life, he might still be trolling California highways, getting away with murder. Look inside to read more!


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American serial killer Edmund Kemper III stalked co-eds in California at the height of the era of peace and free love, dismembering his victims and tossing their body parts in remote areas around Santa Cruz. As pieces of young women began washing up on shore and turning up alongside rural highways, female residents – especially college students – were decidedly on edge. A l American serial killer Edmund Kemper III stalked co-eds in California at the height of the era of peace and free love, dismembering his victims and tossing their body parts in remote areas around Santa Cruz. As pieces of young women began washing up on shore and turning up alongside rural highways, female residents – especially college students – were decidedly on edge. A lust killer who savored the act of decapitating his victims - and often used their severed heads for sexual pleasure - Kemper’s story is particularly twisted among historical serial killers. Still, the true crime tale of Edmund Kemper is particularly fascinating, because the man many people called “a gentle giant” was a near genius whose cunning manipulation of others made him particularly depraved and dangerous. This true crime story, a detailed biography of one of the most psychopathic serial killers of our time, shares some insight into the troubled childhood and awkward nature that led the American serial killer to take 10 lives, including those of six pretty co-eds, his paternal grandparents, his calculatingly cruel mother and his mother’s best friend. Among historical serial killers, Kemper is especially depraved, since he included necrophilia and cannibalism in his gruesome mix of sordid criminal activity. Ultimately, Kemper’s murderous inclinations and urges to kill were satisfied after he bludgeoned to death his mother, a woman he’d hated since he was eight years old, and he turned himself in. But if he hadn’t finally acted on his long-held fantasy to end his mother’s life, he might still be trolling California highways, getting away with murder. Look inside to read more!

30 review for Edmund Kemper: The True Story of The Co-ed Killer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    A basic look into Edmund Kemper, a serial killer in California who started killing at 15. His first victims were his grandparents, who he was living with at the time. After spending 6 years at a hospital for the criminally insane, he fooled shrinks into believing he was cured. Then he was released, and continued his killing spree.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Passenger

    Good grief, what a load of sensationalist, overemotional bollocks! The author takes comments from Kemper's interviews (which you can find on youtube) out of context, pieces them together into something unrecognizable and otherwise completely twists and obscures the facts of Kemper's extremely abusive upbringing. I am not even sure why. Among True Crime readers this is a well known fact which was corroborated by many a family member, friend and neighbor of the Kemper/Strandberg family. If you had Good grief, what a load of sensationalist, overemotional bollocks! The author takes comments from Kemper's interviews (which you can find on youtube) out of context, pieces them together into something unrecognizable and otherwise completely twists and obscures the facts of Kemper's extremely abusive upbringing. I am not even sure why. Among True Crime readers this is a well known fact which was corroborated by many a family member, friend and neighbor of the Kemper/Strandberg family. If you had hoped to gain any kind of insight into the psyche of this unusual serial killer, do yourself a favor and mark this book as "unread forever." There's more info on him in his wikipedia article, as well as his aforementioned interviews or even facebook and other social media groups devoted to studying Kemper and his crimes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Let's go ahead and get to the only draw back here and that's the books length. Yes, it's short and is full of details you could find on any true crime show. You could even pull up Kemper's interview's on Youtube and get most of this information. I've always been fascinated by serial killers and have read a lot of books on the subject. Rosewood's book focuses on the crimes themselves. This is the draw and that's what makes it so interesting. Kemper is a likeable guy and no matter what I read, the Let's go ahead and get to the only draw back here and that's the books length. Yes, it's short and is full of details you could find on any true crime show. You could even pull up Kemper's interview's on Youtube and get most of this information. I've always been fascinated by serial killers and have read a lot of books on the subject. Rosewood's book focuses on the crimes themselves. This is the draw and that's what makes it so interesting. Kemper is a likeable guy and no matter what I read, there's this odd fascination with the guy. You get a bit of that here, but the real focus is on the crimes themselves. As an introduction it's a good place to start despite its length. Rosewood wants the gore and violence to shine and it does. For fans of true crime this is a decent read until we something longer and more in depth

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason Korbus

    Quick read, maybe 100 pages. It gets to the point. Check it out for the bare bones of Kemper and his crimes, but avoid if you’re looking for anything resembling deep insight.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    What a load of BS. The only readable parts of this mess are Kemper's words. The author obviously wanted a paycheck and can't write his way out of a paper bag. Sorry I read it. I apologise self. What a load of BS. The only readable parts of this mess are Kemper's words. The author obviously wanted a paycheck and can't write his way out of a paper bag. Sorry I read it. I apologise self.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    EDMUND KEMPER: The True Story of the Co-ed Killer Author: Jack Rosewood Series: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers - True Crime by Evil Killets: Volume Two Type of Book: eBook Length: 72 pages Genre: Non-Fiction, True Crime Release Date: June 22, 2015 Publisher: Wiq Media Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ * I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Edmund Kemper is probably the sickest serial killer ever to have walked the Earth. His crimes are still talked EDMUND KEMPER: The True Story of the Co-ed Killer Author: Jack Rosewood Series: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers - True Crime by Evil Killets: Volume Two Type of Book: eBook Length: 72 pages Genre: Non-Fiction, True Crime Release Date: June 22, 2015 Publisher: Wiq Media Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ * I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Edmund Kemper is probably the sickest serial killer ever to have walked the Earth. His crimes are still talked about today and his deviant behavior both fascinates and appalls many people still to this day. Edmund Kemper was born in Burbank, California in December of 1948. His was a troubled childhood with a mother that should have never been allowed to procreate. Edmund was always awkward. His body was massive; weighing almost 300 pounds and reaching a height of six feet, nine inches. His deviant thoughts started long before his killing spree did. He harbored gory and elaborate fantasies full of rage. This book is his story. Readers need to be warned that this is not a story with a happy ending, and those who have sensitive stomachs should not read this book. Kemper began his decapitation fantasies as a child and practiced by beheading the dolls of his sisters. This was soon not gratifying enough for this twisted psychopath and he moved on to torturing and killing the family's pet cats. "Kemper's rage against women - revealed first through the dolls with long, blond hair, and later through the cats - was a result of his abysmal relationship with his mother." He would eventually kill ten people; including hitchhiking co-eds, his mother and both his grandfather and grandmother. To learn how he became the vicious psychopath that he is today, you need to read this book. I have mixed feelings about this type of book. While I find deviant psychology fascinating, I hate that the killers get so much more attention than their victims. However, it is a sad truth that people are more interested in the killer than the killed. I would have liked it if there was a bit more detail about each of the victims. Despite that, the author has done a good job of condensing the story into only 72 pages. There are some editing/proof-reading errors, but once I pointed them out to the author, he has assured me that they will be fixed immediately. I rate this book as 3.5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐ To read more of my reviews visit http://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Kernene

    Edmund Kemper is a serial killer who killed his grandparents, his mother (the focus of his internal rage) and several young women in California. This book talks about Ed and his crimes, including his juvenile crimes (killing his grandparents) and the time he spent at Atascadero State Hospital, which is for the criminally insane. The author gets straight to the facts and has no filler, just the facts. It is well-written and well researched. This book makes no excuse for anything that Ed did, just Edmund Kemper is a serial killer who killed his grandparents, his mother (the focus of his internal rage) and several young women in California. This book talks about Ed and his crimes, including his juvenile crimes (killing his grandparents) and the time he spent at Atascadero State Hospital, which is for the criminally insane. The author gets straight to the facts and has no filler, just the facts. It is well-written and well researched. This book makes no excuse for anything that Ed did, just told it like it was. He did make some conclusions, but those were based on the facts given. I have enjoyed all of the books that Jack Rosewood has written that I have read, and this one is no exception.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    I have long been fascinated by Edmund Kemper III, abandoned and betrayed by his father and emotionally destroyed by his mother. If he had been raised in a normal household with loving parents, would the outcome have been different? Kemper murdered ten people, beginning with his grandparents when he was an adolescent and ending with his mother and her friend. Most tragic of all were the six young women who paid for his mother's sins. The author presents a very good account of the Ed Kemper story. T I have long been fascinated by Edmund Kemper III, abandoned and betrayed by his father and emotionally destroyed by his mother. If he had been raised in a normal household with loving parents, would the outcome have been different? Kemper murdered ten people, beginning with his grandparents when he was an adolescent and ending with his mother and her friend. Most tragic of all were the six young women who paid for his mother's sins. The author presents a very good account of the Ed Kemper story. The deduction of a star is for the 20 or more errors. Also Kindle's dictionary and Wikipedia features do not work with Mr. Rosewood's books; Wikipedia comes up in Russian.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I've never heard of Edmund Kemper. I guess I don't keep up on serial killers too much, but when I read that he had once lived where I now live, "Helena, Montana," and I've Also lived in Santa Cruz, California, well I thought I'd give it a read. This is the second short book that I've read by Mr. Rosewood, and I like the fact that he keeps his books short, but throws in a lot of information without being repetitive as some of these true story authors can be. Kemper was a nutburger for sure. Too b I've never heard of Edmund Kemper. I guess I don't keep up on serial killers too much, but when I read that he had once lived where I now live, "Helena, Montana," and I've Also lived in Santa Cruz, California, well I thought I'd give it a read. This is the second short book that I've read by Mr. Rosewood, and I like the fact that he keeps his books short, but throws in a lot of information without being repetitive as some of these true story authors can be. Kemper was a nutburger for sure. Too bad he's still alive and kicking, and getting all the attention he could ever want. Yep, I'd recommend this story and author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Short story I think this could have been an interesting Book...but instead we have a short story. If more research had been done, direct interviews, and time, invested it would make a big difference. I think the author relied too much on the work and interviews of others . I could probably pull up the same info in a Google search of Edmund Kemper

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    At 91 pages, it's one of those 'Kindle Singles' type books. Enough to give you a sense of the case but obviously not the definitive work. Quotes extensively from Front Page Detective Magazine. At 91 pages, it's one of those 'Kindle Singles' type books. Enough to give you a sense of the case but obviously not the definitive work. Quotes extensively from Front Page Detective Magazine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Reads like a term paper. Basic facts and story line.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emerson

    This book answered a lot of questions for me that I have had as long as I can remember. My life has been a search to figure out while serial torturers, rapists, and killers do what they do. For that, I am grateful. It doesn't make it right, but I know how they were molded now. That was the most interesting part of this book for me. I have to say I really enjoyed the bonus chapter, which also went into the events and mental states that they all have in common. Now, what I need to know is why some This book answered a lot of questions for me that I have had as long as I can remember. My life has been a search to figure out while serial torturers, rapists, and killers do what they do. For that, I am grateful. It doesn't make it right, but I know how they were molded now. That was the most interesting part of this book for me. I have to say I really enjoyed the bonus chapter, which also went into the events and mental states that they all have in common. Now, what I need to know is why some victims/survivors turn out this way, and others become empathetic, with no compunction to hurt anyone or anything. I also need to know why the life history that makes serial killers breaks some people, while making others stronger. What is that line between nature and nurture? I'm sure more delving into the subject will shed more light on this. - Was it a great book? Not really. It was repetitive, as others have mentioned, but it gets three stars for the illumination.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Intrigued to read because of Mindhunters I picked up this book to read for two reasons. One my coworker read it and she loves true crime and two I watch the Mindhunters show on Netflix and I was really intrigued. Well this book was short and easy to read I felt it was a little flat. Maybe that's because I'm used to reading fiction that involves more story and exaggeration then this nonfiction. At times I thought the story was so high-level that it was like oh he murdered this girl and then this g Intrigued to read because of Mindhunters I picked up this book to read for two reasons. One my coworker read it and she loves true crime and two I watch the Mindhunters show on Netflix and I was really intrigued. Well this book was short and easy to read I felt it was a little flat. Maybe that's because I'm used to reading fiction that involves more story and exaggeration then this nonfiction. At times I thought the story was so high-level that it was like oh he murdered this girl and then this girl and then this girl and then he had a beer with a cop. I guess I was looking for more of a story to link everything together and paint the picture of the serial killer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elliot Julian

    A very gruesome killer, one that you try to forget but just can’t because of how absurd his crimes still are. This was a relatively informative read, until they demonized certain disorders at the end there. Serial killers being mentally ill is a no brainer, they all display (significant) childhood trauma and a lot of serious disorders stem from just that. This very much still means that serial killers acts are separate from their disorders, and should in no way be making certain disorders more “ A very gruesome killer, one that you try to forget but just can’t because of how absurd his crimes still are. This was a relatively informative read, until they demonized certain disorders at the end there. Serial killers being mentally ill is a no brainer, they all display (significant) childhood trauma and a lot of serious disorders stem from just that. This very much still means that serial killers acts are separate from their disorders, and should in no way be making certain disorders more “vile” or “dangerous”. 2/5 ⭐️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I give this book one star for a few reasons. I wouldn’t consider 89 pages a “book” worth $10.95. Had I noticed the book was only 89 pages I would not have purchased it. I found many typographical errors throughout. This book could have been written by a 3rd grader using Wikipedia. I learned more about Ed Kemper from watching Mindhunter. Completely disappointing. I read it in an hour.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    Edmund Kemper: The True Story of The Co-Ed Killer (True Crime by Evil Killers #2) was a good true crime read by Jack Rosewood. He was a serial killer who stalked co-eds in California. He dismembered their bodies and spread the body parts around Santa Cruz. This was a good true crime read by the author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aimée O'Brien

    Short but very informative Jack Rosewood tells the story of Edmund Kemper in a brief, but very informative and interesting way. It's an easy read with bonus material about serial killers in general. Short but very informative Jack Rosewood tells the story of Edmund Kemper in a brief, but very informative and interesting way. It's an easy read with bonus material about serial killers in general.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meika

    I have always heard about him and listening to a true crime podcast finally lead me here. General facts were given and what you would expect when reading a biography. If you wanted to know the “basic” info of his life, this is the book to go.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sam Tate

    A simple, straight to the point biography. Easy to read with plenty of references to books related to this particular killer. Serves it's purpose :) Satisfied overall. A simple, straight to the point biography. Easy to read with plenty of references to books related to this particular killer. Serves it's purpose :) Satisfied overall.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt Partain

    Great storytelling and writing, just super short, so not as many details as I look for

  22. 4 out of 5

    Narsames Maiky

    I had to give this book 5 stars, because not only it is straight to the point as it is just complete.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Preethika Anbalagan

    It’s quite a small book that talks about Edmund Kemper and his psychological aspects while quoting his words from the interview. A good read if you’re someone fascinated by serial killers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darth Jader

    Very good, short history on this depraved man. Some spelling issues and random blank pages throughout, but overall it's a pretty decent book if you want some background on this killer. Very good, short history on this depraved man. Some spelling issues and random blank pages throughout, but overall it's a pretty decent book if you want some background on this killer.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    This review is for the second of two KINDLE Edition of books written by the author I recently received through a giveaway on LibraryThing.com and the following is my honest opinion. Not only did Edmund Kemper, whose story is told in the pages of this book, become a sexual serial killer of six young co-eds; and due to his depraved indifference he also murdered members of his own family: his paternal grandparents, his shrewd cruel mother and her best friend. Killing those six co-ed wasn’t enough, he This review is for the second of two KINDLE Edition of books written by the author I recently received through a giveaway on LibraryThing.com and the following is my honest opinion. Not only did Edmund Kemper, whose story is told in the pages of this book, become a sexual serial killer of six young co-eds; and due to his depraved indifference he also murdered members of his own family: his paternal grandparents, his shrewd cruel mother and her best friend. Killing those six co-ed wasn’t enough, he chopped up his victims and scattered their parts throughout various remote areas around Santa Cruz. And in order to quell his morbid desire to fulfill his sexual fantasies, he used their heads in the process. Instead of reading this story in a helter-skelter manner as you would have if you had read the events surrounding the events of this heinous crime in a newspaper or on television/cable, Mr. Rosewood, has once again taken us back through the book’s pages to a story which had gripped the nation for months, in a proficient manner, adding information about this individual’s psyche along the way. Having written numerous items for a community newspaper, I can understand and appreciate the efforts the author has made in putting everything in the organized and insightful manner; I’m giving this book 5 STARS.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela Miles

    Well told story, faint of heart, avoid this book.m Spoilers ahead!! Pass this review by if you don't want a few details. This story is not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for real insight here into why this man committed these heinous acts, you won't find much explanation. If you are seeking a lot of background fluff, it isn't here. No references to other documents here. None of the above is criticism, merely stating facts. This is a raw account of what Kemper did, the reasons he gave an Well told story, faint of heart, avoid this book.m Spoilers ahead!! Pass this review by if you don't want a few details. This story is not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for real insight here into why this man committed these heinous acts, you won't find much explanation. If you are seeking a lot of background fluff, it isn't here. No references to other documents here. None of the above is criticism, merely stating facts. This is a raw account of what Kemper did, the reasons he gave and the names of those he is known to have killed. The writing is solid, there are almost too many details at times about the killings and what was done with the remains. He passed himself off as a slightly odd but normal person, typical of psychopathic people. He had a bad childhood, bad adulthood and blames everything on his mother. He was a necrophiliac and self-proclaimed cannibal. Want to know why you shouldn't get in the car with strangers? This is the book to define that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Richardson

    “Edmond Kemper had a horrible temper. He cut off young girls’ heads and took them home to bed.” Macabre song lyrics I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review. I like nonfiction books and true crime books fascinate me. What makes a person want to kill another? Is there any clues or mistakes we make that could make us a victim? Jack Rosewood does a great job giving us the facts on Edmund Kemper who killed his grandparents, his mother and her friend and six young women. He also had sex “Edmond Kemper had a horrible temper. He cut off young girls’ heads and took them home to bed.” Macabre song lyrics I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review. I like nonfiction books and true crime books fascinate me. What makes a person want to kill another? Is there any clues or mistakes we make that could make us a victim? Jack Rosewood does a great job giving us the facts on Edmund Kemper who killed his grandparents, his mother and her friend and six young women. He also had sexual problems that caused him to kill young women. This book is not for the faint hearted for it does not hide or sugarcoat any evil this man did. It also does not glorify the killer, which is something I detest in tabloid books. Mr. Rosewood seems to have researched his subject and his account is highly readable and concise in the facts. If you enjoy Ann Rule than I believe “Edmund Kemper” by Jake Rosewood will be another author to put on your to read list. I plan to read more of his work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katherine McCarthy

    Excellent read! A concise and well written account of a serial sexual sadist/killer Edmund Kemper. All the important details that led to the unearthing and eventual capture of this twisted psychopath is here: the troubled upbringing and early signs, his time in a psychiatric institution, details about the actual murders, the sordid things he did afterward, his arrest, the trial and the aftermath. That's a whole lot of detail packed in just 72 pages. It takes a skillful writer to recount that muc Excellent read! A concise and well written account of a serial sexual sadist/killer Edmund Kemper. All the important details that led to the unearthing and eventual capture of this twisted psychopath is here: the troubled upbringing and early signs, his time in a psychiatric institution, details about the actual murders, the sordid things he did afterward, his arrest, the trial and the aftermath. That's a whole lot of detail packed in just 72 pages. It takes a skillful writer to recount that much, as superbly as it was, in so few pages. Kudos to the author! I discovered a few things I didn't know before about this serial killer too...that Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs was loosely based on Kemper. How did I not know that? That's one of my all time favourite movies. Great writing style and will be following this author on Amazon for sure. Highly recommend this short read to all my fellow fans of True Crime.

  29. 5 out of 5

    L J Field

    This is an excellent book and very well researched. Although the volume is fairly thin, it is packed with information, much of which I'd never read before. If you're looking for a pretty in-depth study of Kemper, you can't do much better than this one. The proofreading is excellent and the text is laid out nicely and coherently. I wish there were some photos, though. Not of the crime scene, but of the people that played a part in this nightmare. Victims tend to become just names, but they become This is an excellent book and very well researched. Although the volume is fairly thin, it is packed with information, much of which I'd never read before. If you're looking for a pretty in-depth study of Kemper, you can't do much better than this one. The proofreading is excellent and the text is laid out nicely and coherently. I wish there were some photos, though. Not of the crime scene, but of the people that played a part in this nightmare. Victims tend to become just names, but they become more human and "real" if you see them as they were before the tragedy caught up with them. Were I able, I would give this book 4 1/2 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    I received this ebook for free from the Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. I found it to be a very concise and informative book about a serial killer and his victims. I especially found it interesting the 10 things that law enforcement find in common among most, if not all serial killers. The author once again takes the reader into the mind of a serial killer and how they view themselves. The only problem with this work was that there were a few typos in it. However, overall, it was a very well re I received this ebook for free from the Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. I found it to be a very concise and informative book about a serial killer and his victims. I especially found it interesting the 10 things that law enforcement find in common among most, if not all serial killers. The author once again takes the reader into the mind of a serial killer and how they view themselves. The only problem with this work was that there were a few typos in it. However, overall, it was a very well researched and concise version of these tragic co-ed murders.

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