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A MORGUE attendant has admitted he may have had sex with as many as 100 female corpses. Kenneth Douglas, from the city of Hamilton, Ohio, was arrested, charged and sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 after DNA from his semen was found inside the body of murder victim, 19-year-old Karen Range. The crime only came to light after Range’s murderer David Steffen appealed his conviction for murder and rape. He admitted killing Range but denied raping her.
Douglas pleaded guilty in 2012 to having sex with 23-year-old Charlene Appling on the day she died after being strangled while six months pregnant and having sex with another woman April Hicks. Douglas was sentenced for a further three years on each of the offences.
Now he has admitted to having sex with up to 100 dead women between 1976 and 1992 while he worked the night shift.
“I would just get on top of them and pull my pants down,” Hamilton said in a deposition to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
The extent of his crimes came to light as the families of Douglas’s victims were told they could sue his employee, Hamilton County, by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Douglas said his behaviour was due to drug and alcohol abuse.
“If I wasn’t drinking, or hadn’t had anything to drink when I went to work, it wouldn’t happen. I would do crack and go in and I would drink and go in,” he said.
His wife Pat, also featured in a deposition video, stating that her husband “reeked of sex” when she picked him up from work and that she contacted someone at Hamilton County about her husband’s behaviour but was dismissed.
“Marty said ’Pat, whatever happens on county property on county time is county business,’” she said.
Hamilton County ignored the warning signs, said Al Gerhardstein, one of the families’ attorneys.
“The county had plenty of notice that Douglas was coming to work and was present at work while he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” Gerhardstein said. “Had he been stopped, these women would not have been abused.”
Antronette Shirley, Hicks’ older sister, told Associated Press: “I imagine Kenneth Douglas pulling her out of a freezer, climbing on top of her just like he said and having sex with her.”
“This will creep up in my mind until the day I die.”
A jury might conclude the former coroner and morgue director failed “recklessly and wantonly” to supervise Douglas, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in allowing the suit to continue.