Edmund Kemper was born on 18 December 1948 at 23:04 in Burbank California (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector: Shaw, Victoria) with Jupiter in Capricorn and Saturn in Virgo. He became known as the "Co-Ed Killer" for his crimes of killing and dismembering six female hitch hikers in the 1970s. In separate incidents he shot and killed his grandparents and mother.
Both Jupiter and Saturn are in earth signs with Saturn conjunct the ascendant. Like Julia Child who also had Saturn conjunct the ascendant, Kemper was abnormally tall. He also weighed over 300 pounds and was very intelligent. His victims stood no chance of being able to overpower him. The abundance of planets in earth signs suggests a 'grounded' personality that needs to be productive. As I write in "Growing Pains":
"Pupils with Jupiter in Capricorn have a frighteningly realistic view of life. They know there’s a time to party and a time to clean up. They will go hell for leather in the playground and then settle down quickly for lessons. And they always have an apple for the teacher. However, it can seem like progress with them is slower than it should be. They are organised, have the right equipment, they’ve done their homework, they are respectful (sycophantically so) and they don’t mess around in lessons. Why aren’t they the highest achieving pupils you’ve ever taught?
"Look behind their cheesy grins and you will find pupils who do the bare minimum. They won’t extend themselves because something has made them curious or because they are interested in experimentation. If you want them to do well (and if you’re a teacher worth your salt, you should!), promise them a reward for going above and beyond the call of duty. You will have to guide them and nudge them in the right direction or be sure to mix them well with their Jupiter in Sagittarius or Aquarius classmates. Shake them up. When discussing religion, prepare yourself for the most dogmatic drivel you have ever heard. Grit your teeth as the pupil with Jupiter in Capricorn insists everyone proves their point of view whilst blindly clinging to their own beliefs — and still claiming they have no loyalties to any one point of view but the right one."
And for Saturn in Virgo:
"Saturn in Virgo children are very discerning learners who will refuse a steady diet of junky fiction, artistic pursuits that get them messy, or music practice that offends their virginal ears. They won’t use pencils that aren’t sharpened to a perfect point, ink pens with ink that blots their meticulous work, or papers that have dents. Their uniforms must be immaculate and, if you look in their bags, they will have spare socks and underwear, plasters, baby wipes and an economy size bottle of anti- bacterial disinfectant. eir notes are perfectly taken verbatim (which can be quite alarming to the teacher) and they will insist that everyone sticks to the homework schedule. For lunch, they eat their hygienically- wrapped whole meal breaded sandwiches and the fruits they have carefully peeled. Just in case they aren’t getting the right vitamins, they wash their vitamin supplements down their perfect throats with vegetable juice, freshly squeezed and decanted into a thermos bottle that has been previously sterilised.
Now I ask you, how long will it be before this child is pushed into the nearest mud puddle?"
Kemper's natal chart has several other interesting features. He has Sun in Sagittarius with both Mercury and Jupiter in dissociate conjunction are opposite to Uranus in Gemini. Jupiter is in trine to Saturn--which should be a good thing--but as we shall see did little to prevent him from committing his horrific crimes. This aspect pulls in the other planets into conjunction by proximity. Mars, the ruler of his 8th house is unaspected accept to the out planets Neptune and Pluto.
As a child, Kemper was bright but displayed abnormal and even psychopathic tendencies. He mutilated his sisters' dolls, tortured small animals and had a very dark fantasy life. The crime writer Harold Schechter noted that "animal torture isn't a stage, it's a rehearsal." The child needed urgent help.
Of course, that didn't happen.
His sisters and mother were aggressive towards him and the mother in particular was verbally abusive to him. In such a household, it is unsurprising he had a close relationship with his father. He was devastated when his parents divorced in 1957--but the astrology is right on cue with Uranus transiting his natal Moon. As his mother was afraid that he would rape his younger sister, Kemper was often made to sleep in the basement.
Uranus was transiting his ascendant when he ran away from his mother to live with his father. He discovered his father had remarried and had a mother son. Eventually he was sent back to live with his mother--but she refused to have him in her household and shipped him off to her parents in northern California.
Kemper hated living with his grandparents and one summer day, after yet another row with his grandmother, he shot and killed her. When his grandfather returned home from shopping, Kemper shot him too. Although he was 15 and half years old, he had not yet had his Saturn oppositions. For his crime he was committed to a mental hospital but five years later, he was released into his mother's care as Saturn transited his natal North Node. During his time of incarceration, his favourite activity was listening to serial rapists describe their crimes.
He worked in a series of menial jobs--which nicely demonstrates the wasted opportunity of his intelligence and his natal Jupiter's need to be useful.
Jupiter was conjunct its natal position and a Venus/Mars conjunction was transiting his Uranus when Kemper picked up two female hitchhikers, murdered them and sexually assaulted the corpses. Jupiter had stationed then turned retrograde the week before. It turned direct in late August and on 14 September 1972, he killed a high school student who had missed her bus and accepted a lift with Kemper because she was late for her dance class. Transiting Jupiter had just passed over his natal Mars when he killed again: this time he decapitated his victim and buried the severed head in his mother's garden "as a joke" so she could have someone to look up to her. The transiting North Node crossed over his Mars when he picked up, murdered and dismembered two more victims. Jupiter was trine to his natal Neptune when he beat his mother to death with a hammer, decapitated her and put her vocal chords down the garbage disposal. He sexually assaulted her then shot her best friend a few hours later.
For the duration of his killing sprees, Uranus had been passing over his natal Neptune.
About the Astrologer
Alex Trenoweth is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007) and has gained recognition as an outstanding schoolteacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, led her to her write Growing Pains, a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. Alex’s articles have appeared in astrological magazines across the globe and in addition to her many writing accomplishments, she was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology in India for the energetic presentation of her original and thought-provoking investigation into astrology and education. As of October 2015, Alex is on a world tour, lecturing on a variety of astrological topics and is enjoying meeting other astrologers from different cultures. The articles on serial killers are a part of the case studies that will be presented in her next book due for release later this year.