A man who had been working the night shift at the morgue in Hamilton, County, Ohio, for 16 years, has admitted that he frequently had s*x with female bodies whilst he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard last week.
What makes matters worse, is that Kenneth Douglas’ supervisors were aware that he was drinking on the job and that he was having s*xual relations with live women when he was supposed to be taking care of the deceased ones, and did nothing about it, according to WCPO.
Following the conviction of the now 60-year-old Douglas in 2008, of the gross abuse of corpses in 1991 and 1992, the families of the deceased female victims, Karen Range, Charlene Appling and April Hicks sued the county in 2012.
The federal appeals court ruled last week that the case could continue, because the coroner at the time, Dr. Frank Cleveland, who died in 2011, and the director of the morgue, failed to supervise Douglas.
Although Douglas admitted to the abuse of three corpses, he told prosecutors that the number of instances could be as many as 100.
In a statement, even Douglas’ own wife said that he would “reek” of s*x when she picked him up from work. She added that she had informed the morgue supervisor of what she believed her husband was doing, but he just told her that was morgue business and mind her own.
Douglas may even then have gotten away with his horrendous crimes, but he had his wicked way with female corpses before they had been autopsied. In the case of one woman, who had been killed by David Steffen, her attacker had adamantly denied having raped her at any time.
Since $emen was found to be present in Steffen’s victim, DNA testing was conducted and Douglas’ was proven to be guilty and sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2008. He admitted to the cases involving two other women in 2012 and the families promptly filed case.
Hamilton County argued that since they were not aware of the actions of Douglas, they should not be held liable, but Al Gerhardstein, one of the families’ attorneys, said that the county had been informed that their employee was doing things he shouldn’t. He added that they knew he was drinking and using drugs on the job and they could have prevented the abuse of these deceased women.