Kenneth Douglas admitted to having sex with the corpses between 1976 and 1992 when he worked as a morgue attendant. The extent of his crimes came to light after families of Douglas’s victims were told they could sue by a federal appeals court on Friday.
An Ohio morgue attendant has admitted having sex with up to 100 corpses.
Kenneth Douglas, from Hamilton, said he had sexually abused three corpses while high on drugs and alcohol in 1991 and 1992.
But he has also admitted having sex with up to 100 dead women over the period between 1976 and 1992, while he worked the night shift.
“I would just get on top of them and pull my pants down,” Hamilton told a court.
The extent of his crimes have only come to light after it emerged that Hamilton County faces huge legal bills after the families of Douglas’s victims were told they could sue by a federal appeals court on Friday.
Douglas said, in a court deposition, that he would attack the dead women if he was high on drink or drugs.
“If I hadn’t had anything to drink when I went to work, it wouldn’t happen,” he said, as reported by WPTV.
His wife complained that he “reeked of sex” when she picked him up from work. She said she told officials but nothing was done.
His victims included 23-year-old Charlene Appling, with whom he had sex with on the day she died after being strangled while six months pregnant.
Another victim was 19-year-old Karen Range: Douglas was caught when DNA from his semen was found inside Range’s body.
Douglas’s crimes only came to light when the killer of Range, David Steffen, appealed his conviction for rape and murder.
In 2008, Douglas admitted his guilt in the Range case and was sentenced to three years in prison.
He pleaded guilty to two more cases in 2012.
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