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‘Ogre Of Aptos’ Parole Bid Rejected

June 4, 1985

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ Edmund Kemper III, the hulking ″Ogre of Aptos″ who was convicted of the mutilation slayings of eight women, including his mother, was denied parole on Monday by the state Board of Prison Terms.

Kemper, who beheaded several of his victims and told his attorney he had eaten the flesh of at least one of them, began the killings on May 7, 1972, by fatally stabbing two Fresno State University students. He stopped less than a year later, calling police and begging to be arrested before he killed again.

Kemper, 36, who was originally from Aptos, located about 75 miles south of San Francisco, waived his hearing and ″stipulated to unsuitability″ for parole, said William Elliott, executive officer of the state Board of Prison Terms.

The board then ordered him to remain in custody until another hearing in 1988, the maximum time they could return him without another parole hearing, Elliott said.

Two days before Easter Sunday 1973, Kemper decided to kill his mother to spare her the trauma of seeing him arrested and tried for the string of murders. He battered her with a hammer, stabbed her with a knife and cut off her head, court records show.

On April 24, 1973, he called Santa Cruz police from Colorado, saying, ″Come and get me before I do it all over again.″

Kemper, who spent five years in a mental hospital after murdering his grandmother when he was 15 years old, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the eight murders. Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Harry Brauer said at the time, ″You (Kemper) should not be released from prison during your natural life.″

He has been at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville.

Kemper, 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds when he was arrested, testified during his trial that the slayings were his way of acting out homicidal, cannibalistic and sexual fantasies dating from his childhood.

″That was the only way they could be mine,″ Kemper said at the time. ″I had their spirits. I still have them.″

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