60-year-old Kenneth Douglas is not the person you want attending to your dear elderly grandmother’s remains. In court on Friday, the Hamilton, Ohio resident admitted to having sexual relations with up to 100 corpses at the morgue where he worked as an attendant. “I would just get on top of them and pull my pants down,” he said in a deposition.
Now, the families of some of the victims are suing Hamilton County, because Douglas never should have been placed in charge of sensitive human remains in the first place. He often times would show up for his shift at the county morgue drunk or high on crack. His employer had ample knowledge of this and should have terminated him, argue attorneys for the families of the victims.
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On Friday, the court ruled that the lawsuit against Hamilton County is valid. However, defense attorneys for the county say that tax-payers should not have to foot the bill for actions which an employee was responsible for, just as they would not have to pay for the actions of an employee working for any other business. Still, the families of the victims who Douglas raped want justice for their deceased loved ones.
The Douglas case has been covered extensively by news affiliate WCPO:
Douglas, now 60, was convicted of gross abuse of a corpse in the cases of Karen Range, Charlene Appling and April Hicks.
Appling, 23, was six months pregnant when she was strangled in 1991. Douglas said he had sex with her body on the day she died.
Hicks, 24, fell from a third-story window and died from blunt trauma in 1991.
Range, 19, was murdered in her home by a door-to-door salesman in 1982. Her body was slashed and she was nearly decapitated.
Douglas also admitted to having sex with bodies being stored while awaiting autopsies.
Douglas’ crimes didn’t come to light until 2008 when DNA connected him to semen found in Range.
Range’s killer, David Steffen, had admitted slaying her but denied raping her.
Do you think that Hamilton County should have to pay damages to these families? How would you feel if an injustice such as this was perpetrated against the lifeless body of one of your family members? Sound off in the comments section!
H/T: Huffington Post