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Take a true look inside the mind of history’s most notorious serial killers—straight from the monsters themselves. With exclusive access to cases and commentary from professional criminal psychologist and host Dr. Michelle Ward, Mind Of A Monster brings you insight into the mind of some of the most notorious serial killers throughout history.


Mind Of A Monster: Ed Kemper "The Co-Ed Killer" vs. Herbert Mullin, dives into the case of two serial killers operating at the same time in Santa Cruz, CA, and features jaw-dropping, never-before-heard audio recordings from the killers themselves. Dr. Michelle Ward speaks candidly with detectives, experts and witnesses involved in the cases to unravel the shocking investigation of the murders, and provides professional expertise on what might have led Kemper and Mullin to become two of the most notorious killers in history.


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Mind of a Monster ID

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 169 Ratings

Take a true look inside the mind of history’s most notorious serial killers—straight from the monsters themselves. With exclusive access to cases and commentary from professional criminal psychologist and host Dr. Michelle Ward, Mind Of A Monster brings you insight into the mind of some of the most notorious serial killers throughout history.


Mind Of A Monster: Ed Kemper "The Co-Ed Killer" vs. Herbert Mullin, dives into the case of two serial killers operating at the same time in Santa Cruz, CA, and features jaw-dropping, never-before-heard audio recordings from the killers themselves. Dr. Michelle Ward speaks candidly with detectives, experts and witnesses involved in the cases to unravel the shocking investigation of the murders, and provides professional expertise on what might have led Kemper and Mullin to become two of the most notorious killers in history.


For even more Mind Of A Monster, stream the specials on discovery+. Go to discoveryplus.com/mindofamonster to start your free 7-day trial today.

    Introducing: Betrayal with Daryn Carp

    Introducing: Betrayal with Daryn Carp

    For even more shocking true crime, check out an episode of Betrayal with Daryn Carp called "An Arson Execution (with Rabia Chaudry)".


    From romantic relationships to family bonds to the sordid history of the Chippendales, Betrayal with Daryn Carp explores love and all the dark ways it can go wrong. Each week Daryn is joined by a celebrity guest to help her dive in and discuss some of the most shocking cases of betrayal in the true crime world.


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    • 45 min
    Ep.6: Seeking Justice

    Ep.6: Seeking Justice

    With the killers captured, the cases go to trial. The stakes are high as both Herbert Mullin and Edmund Kemper attempt to plead insanity. Will they succeed? In the season finale, Dr Michelle Ward details the ultimate fates of the serial killers and their lasting impact on Santa Cruz.

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    • 35 min
    Ep.5: Hunting the Co-Ed Killer

    Ep.5: Hunting the Co-Ed Killer

    It’s April 1973 and an early morning phone call triggers a chain of events that both shock and appall the Santa Cruz community. Criminal psychologist Dr Michelle Ward follows as law enforcement investigate a horrific crime scene and finally catch the man behind the second wave of killings.

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    • 32 min
    Ep.4 Catching a Serial Killer

    Ep.4 Catching a Serial Killer

    In this episode, the net finally closes in on murderer Herbert Mullin. But with body parts still being discovered, Dr Michelle Ward details how elation turns to despair as law enforcement realize there must be a second serial killer operating in Santa Cruz.


     
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    • 31 min
    Ep.3: The Bodies Pile Up

    Ep.3: The Bodies Pile Up

    Criminal psychologist Dr Michelle Ward takes us beat by beat as the killings and disappearances escalate and Santa Cruz becomes the focus of the national media. Students are warned not to hitchhike. But with families massacred in their own homes, is anyone safe?

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    • 38 min
    Ep.2: Investigating Murder

    Ep.2: Investigating Murder

    Criminal psychologist Dr Michelle Ward tracks the early stages of the investigation. As detectives identify human remains discovered on a mountain near Santa Cruz, a young student disappears, and a series of seemingly random killings dumbfound law enforcement. They’re forced to think the unthinkable… could there be a serial killer in town?


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

Gigi4417 ,

Loved it

So well researched and constructed resulting in some great story telling!

KC Idaho ,

Ed Kemper is an anomaly

I have listened to every podcast and watched many shows about Ed Kemper. I appreciate your style of reporting and speaking and all the additional people we get to hear from. I've learned a lot about Ed's childhood and actually feel sorry for him. His mother abused him and isolated him from his sisters and friends, from what I have learned. She never was nurturing, caring or loving. She and his sisters picked on him, disrespected and ganged up on him instead of showing him any respect for being the man of the family. She treated him like he was a freak from his childhood when he grew so tall. I have also learned that his grandparents were not very nice to him, especially his grandma. He lashed out at her the only way he knew how. But then he killed his grandfather just so he didn't have to walk in the house and find that his wife was dead. So I think that was a mercy killing. I have heard that he did have a girlfriend and was engaged. He was on a trajectory for a possible normal life with someone who could love him. But she sabotaged that relationship. She molded him into the man that he became and all he had left for any form of power and control and his own life was revenge.I wish I had known him when he was younger, before he started living on the dark side. I think he would've been a truly loyal friend. And I don't believe he ever had the opportunity.

T.H.Smith ,

Excellent!

Creepy in the best way. Unlike most true-crime podcasts I’ve heard which are narrated by a journalist, Dr. Michelle Ward’s medical expertise and perspective allow her to illuminate and explain what’s happening inside the dark minds of the killers and how they justify their crimes. Love.

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