Just when you think reality can’t get any weirder, guess again. Kenneth Douglas, 60, was a morgue employee in Hamilton, Ohio from 1976 to 1992. During that time, Douglas confessed to having sex with over 100 female corpses during his night shift, according to The News.
Douglas’ crimes came to light only because David Steffen, the murderer of 19-year-old Karen Range, was appealing charges made against him in 1992. Steffen, a door-to-door salesmen slashed Range’s body, nearly decapitating her, which he admitted to. But Steffen denied raping her.
However, as reported by The Independent, semen was found in her body which linked Kenneth Douglas to the rape. As a result, Douglas was arrested, charged, and sentenced to three years in prison in 2008. Douglas admitted that he had sex with Range’s dead body when she died in 1992.
In 2012, Douglas confessed to having sex with two other female bodies in the morgue. One was 24-year-old April Hicks who fell from a third-story window and died from blunt trauma. The other woman was 23-year-old Charlene Appling who was six months pregnant at the time of her death when she was strangled. Douglas said he had sex with Appling the day she died, as per The Independent.
During Douglas’ deposition, he told investigators,
“I do remember going in the freezer, pulling her (Appling) in one of the rooms in the back and had sex with her,” as reported by Daily Mail.
Douglas was sentenced to three more years per each incidence.
After the families learned of this disturbing news, it became media fodder. The families have been told that they can sue his employer, Hamilton County by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Douglas continued spilling the beans to investigators during his deposition, and said he would get drunk at work, and snorted cocaine. That was his excuse for his criminal behavior. Douglas told investigators he probably had sex with more than 100 female corpses during his time of employment.
Douglas’ wife, Pat, was also questioned by investigators and, according to The News, she contacted her husband’s employer and told them something wasn’t right. During her deposition, she said she picked her husband up from work after his shift, and that he smelled like “alcohol and sex.”
When she reported this information to Douglas’ employer, he dismissed her, and very frankly told her,
“Pat, whatever happens on county property on county time is county business,” as revealed by Daily Mail.
Al Gerhardstein, one of the families’ attorneys, tells The News that Hamilton County ignored the warning signs of Douglas’ behavior. They could have stopped these atrocious acts from taking place.
So, now, the county faces a Federal lawsuit and enormous legal bills after “a panel cited evidence that Douglas’ supervisors knew he was getting drunk and having sex with corpses while on the job,” as revealed by The Independent.
Yet, the county refutes any charges brought against them. Daily Mail reports that Greg Hartmann, President of the Hamilton County Commission, claims the abuse of the women were the “unknown criminal act of an employee, and that Hamilton County should not be held liable. Hartmann goes on to say,
“The taxpayers should not have to pay money for the acts committed by criminals.”
Hartmann must be disappointed today because an appeals court has upheld the families’ lawsuit.
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