The Jury Room: Ed Kemper's favorite bar

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The Jury Room: Ed Kemper's favorite bar

This is the bar where serial killer Ed Kemper liked to hang out.

It is called the Jury Room, and it is located at 712 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz, California.

During the 1970s, it was a popular spot for police officers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel.

Kemper, who lived in the nearby town of Aptos, spent a considerable amount of his free time here.

He wanted to become a state trooper after he was released from Atascadero State Hospital for killing his grandparents in 1964. However, he was rejected due to his large size.

Despite this rejection, he continued to visit the Jury Room and drink beer with off-duty policemen, many of whom viewed him as a friendly nuisance.

Following Kemper's arrest, fellow patrons were shocked to learn that the man they called "Big Ed" was actually "the Coed Killer"—a serial killer who had murdered six young college students over the course of nine months.

Later, it was revealed that Kemper had actively discussed the case with a number of police officers and that he had been using the bar to stay up-to-date on the investigation.

Ten years after his arrest, he spoke about the bar during an interview:

"I'd buy them a beer. They'd buy me a beer. [These were] casual relationships. I was poking around a little bit, trying to find some things out. I knew that they wouldn't be privy to hot information, but there were some things that were bothering me, like was there any speculation on how they were dying? I was a friendly nuisance. I got in the way, and it was deliberate. Again, friendly nuisances are dismissed."

The Jury Room location

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


712 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California, CA 95060, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the bar are:

36.978503, -122.020671


The bar is just 400 feet south of the intersection between Water Street and Ocean Street. It sits on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz courthouse.

Details about the general area

Santa Cruz is a city that lies to the south of San Jose and San Francisco.


Photos of the bar and other related images.

712 Ocean Street

Kemper bar

This Google Street View image was captured in April 2021.

The bar is located at 712 Ocean Street, which is just across the street from the Santa Cruz Courthouse.

The Jury Room doesn't attempt to hide its ties to Kemper. Nor does it go out of its way to advertise them.

On one of the walls, there is a nondescript sign that quietly acknowledges the time he spent there.



The Google Street View image above was taken in July 2017.


jury room

Image source: Judy A.

These photographs show the inside of the bar.

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