“As I’m sitting there with a severed head in my hand, talking to it. Or looking at it. And I’m about to go crazy - literally - I’m about to go completely… flywheel loose and just fall apart. I say, ‘Wow! This is insane!’ and then I told myself, ‘No, it isn’t - you’re saying that, and that makes it not insane.’” - Edmund Kemper
“I’m picking up young women, and I’m going a little bit farther each time. It’s a daring kind of thing. First there wasn’t a gun. I’m driving along. We go to a vulnerable place, where there aren’t people watching, where I could act out and I say, ‘No, I can’t.’ And then a gun is in the car, hidden. And this craving, this awful raging eating feeling inside, this fantastic passion. It was overwhelming me. It was like drugs. It was like alcohol. A little isn’t enough.”
Hedonistic lust killers are probably the scariest and most monstrous of all types of serial killers. Not all of them want to necessarily hurt you or kill you - they simply want to wear your skin or eat your liver or have sex with you severed head. It’s just that your life gets in the way… Edmund Kemper, who murdered ten victims and had sex with their corpses and various mutilated body parts, explained that the actual killing of his victims had little to do with his fantasies. “I’m sorry to sound so cold about this, but what I needed to have was a particular experience with a person, and to possess them in the way I have wanted to: I had to evict them from their human bodies.” Lust killers often have an ideal victim type in mind with fetishistic elements - type of footwear or clothing worn, colour or style of hair, body shape, a ‘cheerleader type’ or a ‘slutty type,’ and so on. Lust killers often need intimate skin-to-skin in their killing, and use a knife or strangulation to murder. Necrophilia is a very frequent aspect of lust killer homicides. They are mostly highly organised, having gone through years of the process of transforming and rehearsing their often bizarre fantasies into reality. Lust killers are often aware that their victim choice is visible to police and may choose to travel to various jurisdictions in both their hunt for and disposal of victims. Because sometimes these killers consume certain body parts or focus on them, dismembered victims may be spread over different locations. The lust killer usually chooses different dumping grounds for each victim.
Edmund Kemper showing police where he disposed of some of his victims’ body parts.
I love how he’s standing there as if he’s supervising - he knows he’s totally in control of this situation and I’ll bet he can’t wait to see what they find.
“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
“the state has made me much more credible.”