Hamilton County, OH – Kenneth Douglas was out of this world freaky! Literally. He enjoyed having sexual relations with people after they had passed on to the other side.
In 2008 Douglas, 58 was convicted of having sex with corpse of 19-year-old Karen Range in 1982. Kenneth admitted to sexually assaulting, Charlene Appling, Karen Range, and Angel Hicks during his time at the morgue, which spanned from 1982-1991. Dr. Frank Cleveland was the coroner during this time.
“I would just get on top of them and pull my pants down,” said Douglas.
These crimes did not come to light until years later. It was not until 2008 that DNA from the victims was linked to Douglas. He was indicted, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Now a FEDERAL lawsuit has been filed against Hamilton County by the victims family against the morgue.
Their lawyer claims the county ignored numerous warning signs.
[James] Appling’s daughter, Charlene, was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she was killed. Charlene was one of the three confirmed corpses Kenneth Douglas abused while he worked in the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.
Douglas’ wife claims she called the morgue supervisor about her husband smelling like alcohol and . . .
“I told him we’re down to one car so I’m driving him to work and picking him up. He gets undressed and he wreaks of ____” said Kenneth Douglas’ wife.
“Her husband was also coming home from work as she put it, smelling like DEAD sex,”
Douglas’ wife claims the morgue supervisor, told her to stop calling.
“He said, ‘Whatever happens on county time and on county property is county business.”
Douglas says he committed these crimes because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol on the job.
“If I hadn’t had anything to drink when I went to work, it wouldn’t happen. I would do crack and go in and drink and go in.”
And even he isn’t sure how many corpses he abused.
“Could have been a 100,” said Douglas.
“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. Had he been stopped these women would not have been abused,” said Gerhardstein.
The families are suing because their deceased relatives were in the custody of the morgue at the time of abuse. In addition a fellow morgue employee claims that Douglas also brought in live women from time to time to have sex with them at night.