FBI AGENT RECALLS CHILLING ENCOUNTER WITH SERIAL KILLER EDMUND KEMPER
Quantico, Virginia – The early 1990s saw former FBI member Jana Monroe receiving a phone call from serial killer Edmund Kemper, known as “The Co-Ed Killer”. As a member of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit, Monroe had dealt with killers before, but her encounter with Kemper left her shaken. She admitted to being surprised by the call; especially since she had not given him any way to contact her. She described his monotonous voice as chilling and creepy.
Monroe recently wrote a memoir titled “Hearts of Darkness: Serial Killers, the Behavioral Science Unit, and My Life as a Woman in the FBI.” The book explores her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated Bureau and the impactful cases she worked on. Not only did she contribute to more than 850 homicide cases, but she was also a key figure in training Jodie Foster for her role as Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs”.
Kemper, known as “Big Ed” for his imposing 6’9″ frame, committed his first homicide at the age of 15. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, he was released from a mental institution but went on to murder eight people. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Monroe also had insights into another infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. She mentioned that Bundy refused to speak to female investigators because he did not respect women and saw them as beneath him. She also detailed his method of selecting “worthy” victims based on their attractiveness and accomplishments.
Notably, Monroe was scheduled to interview Jeffrey Dahmer, known as “The Milwaukee Cannibal”, but he was killed by a fellow inmate two days before the interview. She expressed that this turn of events did not surprise her, citing the prison hierarchy and the nature of Dahmer’s crimes.
In addition to her encounters with these notorious killers, Monroe also delved into the complex relationship between some women and serial killers. She found their behavior to be a great mystery and believed that it warranted further study.
Monroe’s book draws attention to the captivating yet repulsive nature of serial killers and the public’s fascination with them. She pointed out that people are drawn to the morbid curiosity of understanding the minds of these individuals.
In conclusion, Monroe brought attention to the fact that serial killers do not fit into a specific mold and can easily blend into society. She emphasized that there is a continuous fascination with these individuals and their actions.
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