A crack-addicted Cincinnati coroner has confessed to raping over 100 dead bodies during his time as a coroner for Hamilton County. The perpetrator, Kenneth Douglas, is currently in prison serving time for the rapes of three dead women, but in a police interview, has said that there “could be hundreds” more.
Hamilton County is currently facing a federal lawsuit over the sexual acts of the necrophiliac employee who worked in its morgue from 1982-1991. Douglas’ wife says that she knew something was going on when she would pick up Douglas from work, and he would smell like sex. She tried to report her husband to the morgue supervisor, but she claims that he told her to stop calling.
“He said, ‘Whatever happens on county time and on county property is county business,’” said Douglas’ wife.
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,” said Douglas.
One of the women Douglas confessed to raping was a 24-year-old pregnant woman. “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.