Intro to Victimology
Can a man be born evil? Or does he simply become evil due to the nature of the environment he is raised in? Is the urge, the sensation, the dreams, to murder and rape? Is he born with it in his DNA? Or is it just waiting for the right woman, man, child, to attract, causing one to commit monstrous acts? Does the urge arise due to the fact that he has had a horrible childhood? Or is it due to traumatic events take place in his life? In order to help answer some of these questions, the life of Edmund Kemper III will be examined. In addition to a thorough review of Kemper's childhood and background leading up to the series of brutal murders performed. By Kemper's explanation of his horrific wrongdoings we will review and discuss why he said he committed these murders.
Edmund Kemper is often identified by the infamous moniker, "Coed Butcher." Kemper is living out his years in a California prison for killing multiple women in the 1970s, he is among the worst of the worst America's serial killers. Kemper didn't become a serial killer overnight, and certainly not without the help of an abusive mother who derailed his psychosocial development at an early age. He is a classic example of the symbolic killer, one whose victims serve as surrogates for the true object of their rage and hatred, typically a parent. In Kemper's case, it was the oppressive mother who viewed her son as an unattractive sexual deviant-even forcing him at the age of 10 to sleep in a cold basement out of fear that he might rape his own sister-who had no hope of ever developing friendships or intimate relationships, an assertion she repeated often.
It is during the critical periods of his childhood and his adolescence when the developing personality is at risk of taking a wrong turn; one that is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to correct once those attitudes and values have been internalized. Harmening William M. 2014 Edmund Emil Kemper III Staements "I remember there was actually a sexual thrill . . . You hear that little pop and pull their heads off and hold their heads up by the hair, whipping their heads off, their body sitting there. That'd get me off." Edmund Kemper, talking about playing with his sister's dolls when he was a little boy http://aboutserialkillers. blogspot. com/2009/12/edmund-kemper. html One week before I murdered my mother I said, she's got to die, and I got to die . . . she said, for seven years I haven't had sex with a man because of you, my murderous son. So, I killed her and humiliated her corpse . . . six young women dead because of the way she raises her son. (Irishredrose, 2010) APA (American Psychological Assoc. ) Harmening, W. M. (2014). Serial Killers:
The Psychosocial Development of Humanity's Worst Offenders. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas. When I was in school, I was called a chronic daydreamer and I saw a counsellor twice during junior high and high school, and that was very routine. T...