July 29, 2008
Cincinnati, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) -- Kenneth Douglas, a 55 year old former coroner's office employee from Westwood, Ohio has been formally indicted by a grand jury in the 1982 rape of a murder victim's corpse.
In 1982, 19-year-old Karen Range was beaten and her throat slashed at the hands of a door-to-door salesman named David Steffen. Shortly after the murder, an autopsy revealed that Range's body had also been raped.
While Steffen was convicted for Karen Range's murder and now sits on Ohio's death row, his attorneys have maintained that he never raped the woman.
Now, 26 years later, DNA evidence has allegedly uncovered who did rape Karen Range - however the answer has the country reeling in disgust with the answer. That's because authorities now believe Karen Range was sexually assaulted as her cold body laid in the city morgue.
Investigators finally found a match to the semen found inside Karen Range's body. It came when 55 year old Kenneth Douglas was arrested in March on drug charges. During that arrest, a DNA sample was obtained which prosecutors say provides a positive match to the DNA obtained from the murdered woman's body.
According to police, Douglas worked at the morgue from 1976 to 1992 and was responsible for checking Range's body into the morgue soon after the murder occurred. Hamilton County Prosecutors say Douglas' job provided him the opportunity to sexually assault Range's unwashed body after it had been stored in the cooler for approximately four hours.
"Now we know what happened," said Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters. "As horrific as it is, now we know."
Douglas was arrested on Friday and was then formally indicted on a charge of 'gross abuse of a corpse' on Monday. He was ordered held on a $700,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This case could prove to be a real powder keg, since it's not unlikely this sick, twisted piece of garbage raped more corpses than just one. They say the first is always the hardest after all.
In either event, this isn't the first incidence of a morgue or hospital employee raping a dead body. Earlier this month we profiled the case of a group of teens who dug a girl up out of the ground to rape her.
There are some seriously freakish masses of body tissue parading around as human beings in this world. I'd say Douglas' new cell mates might rape him the same way he raped this girl, but I doubt even a cold hearted criminal would want to touch this nasty piece of pond scum.
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