David Fuller Jailed For Life For Raping More Than 100 Corpses Of Women In Hosptial Mortuaries

Posted by Sama in News On 16th December 2021
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A horrifying case that will be remembered for centuries to come and has tragically affected hundreds of families. David Fuller, the morgue monster who had beaten and murdered young women and sexually abused hundreds of dead women of which 82 have been identified, in the mortuaries of Kent and Sussex and Tunbridge Wells hospitals over more than a decade.

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The perverted morgue monster murdered, David Fuller will likely die behind bars after being sentenced to two life orders.

The bedsit killer, 67, pleaded guilty to the murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, last month.

Evidence suggests that Fuller had beaten and strangled women to death before sexually abusing them in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987. 

He additionally admitted to a further 51 offenses that are all related to Fuller sexually abusing at least 102 victims in mortuaries, of which around 82 have been identified, in the mortuaries of Kent and Sussex, and Tunbridge Wells hospitals over more than a decade. 

Fuller's youngest victim was a 9-year old girl and two of the victims were aged 16, and the oldest victim was reportedly 100. The identities of the remaining 20 victims may never be known.

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The judge gave Fuller sentence to two whole life orders for the brutal murder of Ms. Knell and Ms Pierce at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday. He was also given concurrent sentences totalling 12 years for the sexual abuse of the deceased females.

After getting his sentence, the morgue monster now joins Levi Bellfield - killer of Milly Dowler, Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange - as the only criminal in UK legal history to be serving two whole life orders. 

In her sentencing remarks today, the judge said Fuller 'became a vulture, picking victims from among the dead,' adding 'the depravity of what you did reveals your conscience is seared.'

The sick man also used to film himself sexually abusing the dead women inside the hospitals, where he worked in electrical maintenance roles.

He stored records of his serial sex offending on computer folders with titles including 'Necro Lord', 'Register', 'Deadly', 'Deadliest' and 'Best Yet'.

Wendy Knell
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The disturbing folders contained names, numbers and dates, as well as images of a mortuary logbook used to create his own record of those he defiled.

Even though there was no CCTV in the area of the mortuary where the sexual abuse took place, Fuller was found to have researched many of his victims after the attacks via Facebook. 

The sentencing hearing heard heartbreaking statements from a string of the victims' family members.

The mother of Fuller's youngest victim, a nine-year-old girl, addressed him directly, saying:

'David, you know who I am because you read the letter I wrote to my baby.'

She added: 'You raped my baby. She couldn't say no to the dirty 66-year-old man who was abusing her body. I feel guilty I left her there. I will not enjoy my life again. This unnatural sick pain I will never get over.'

The widower of another woman told him: 'David, when you are serving your time behind bars, think carefully about what you have done and thank your lucky stars that I'm not sharing a cell with you.' 

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Judge Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb QC told the killer today:

'These were premeditated killings, carefully planned and executed.' 

Ordering Fuller to stand to be sentenced, the judge said:

'You had no regard for the dignity of the dead. You have spent the last 45 years living an outwardly mild and ordinary life.

'You were described as a man good under pressure while in seclusion you committed acts of the deepest darkness.

'You became a vulture, picking your victims from among the dead within the hidden world of hospital mortuaries which you were free to inhabit simply because you had a swipe card.

'The depravity of what you did reveals your conscience is seared. You will spend every day of the rest of your life in prison.'

Azra Kemal

Fuller received his punishment from the court on the 34th anniversary of the tragic discovery of Ms Pierce's body by a farmworker in a water-filled dyke near St Mary in the Marsh, close to Romney Marsh. 

Duncan Atkinson QC, prosecuting, told the court Fuller was first employed within the NHS trust as an electrical maintenance craftsman from January 1989 before progressing to maintenance supervisor in March 2002 and then estate supervisor from May 2011.

He said:

'While having access to the two hospital mortuaries, David Fuller systematically and repeatedly sexually abused the bodies of dead women and girls located there.

'He was generally the last person present at the mortuary at the end of the day. He had access via a swipe card and the evidence suggests he spent time with his victim beyond the filmed abuse of them.

'He used a personal digital camera to take pictures of and to film his activities. He then kept records of those activities on hard drives concealed in his home office. 

'Police also found printed images of deceased women being sexually abused and it is possible to see it is the defendant abusing them.

Mrs Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb also heard soul-crushing statements from a string of the victim's family members as part of the sentencing hearing.

Ms Knell's mother, Pamela, told the court she had not been the same since her daughter's body was found.

The suffering mom says she had cut down everything in her garden because it is not supposed to be living and would often find herself crying outside at 3 am with no knowledge of how she got there.

The court was also told that how her friends now avoid her and she has given up on how her house looks like. 

The struggling mom revealed that she still said goodnight and good morning to a picture of Wendy.  

The mother of Fuller's youngest victim, a nine-year-old girl, addressed him directly, saying:

'David, you know who I am because you read the letter I wrote to my baby.'

The mother says that went to the mortuary to be with her child who passed away after suffering from complications related to the common cold. She would even visit her daughter on Christmas Day. The mother said she would dress her and brush her hair and leave toys for her to play with.

She told the judge Fuller had tarnished those memories after she realized that when she left Fuller would enter the room to abuse her child.

The mother told the court:

'I can't say much of what I want to say to you. You raped my baby. She couldn't say no to the dirty 66-year-old man who was abusing her body. I feel guilty I left her there.

'I will not enjoy my life again. Her death was unfair and heart breaking but it was a natural thing that I was starting to come to terms with. This unnatural sick pain I will never get over.'

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The father of an 18-year-old victim said:

'The only bit of comfort we held on to was how peaceful she looked when we said our goodbyes.

'This was destroyed when we got a knock on the door by the police to say she had been violated by a man my wife had grown up in fear of.

'Fuller has taken our little girl's innocence and destroyed our souls. I am consumed with anger.'

The widower of another woman told him:

'David, when you are serving your time behind bars, think carefully about what you have done and thank your lucky stars that I'm not sharing a cell with you.' 

The suffering families of victims also demanded a public inquiry and for MPs a reform of necrophilia laws - the offence currently carries a maximum sentence of just two years. 

Health Secretary Sajid Javid ordered a public inquiry into the case and whether anything could have been done to stop him last month.

He said today:

'This is a profoundly distressing case. While nothing can undo the damage that has been done, David Fuller has today been brought to justice for his unspeakable crimes.

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'I would like to reiterate my apologies to the friends and families of all the victims for what took place. We are taking action to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.' 

In a tweet, Prime Minister Boris Johnson added:

'Nothing can undo the pain caused by David Fuller's unimaginable crimes, but I hope some comfort can be taken from the fact he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

'My thoughts are with the family and friends of his victims, who have shown incredible bravery in court today.'

Following the sentencing, Kent Police revealed a dedicated team of investigators will spend a year picking through Fuller's sordid life to see if he is behind any other cold cases of missing women.

Outside Maidstone Crown Court, Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fotheringham, of Kent Police, said:

'We have a team dedicated to this case, we will be looking at other cases of missing girls, rape offences and murders across the South East of England.

'We will spend about a year working in this, maybe more, reviewing these cases.

'There's no evidence he committed other offences, but there's a chance he did and we're absolutely going to dig into this and investigate ever corner of his life and if find out if there's evidence we can convict him of any other offences.'

Additionally, he revealed that the Kent police received almost 750 calls from its dedicated helpline number set up after Fuller changed his double murder pleas to guilty.

Fuller was identified by the investigators as the prime suspect in the murders of Ms Knell and Ms Pierce after a DNA breakthrough achieved by analyzing genetic material found at the crime scenes and searching criminal databases for relatives.

The police were completely unaware of the electrician but discovered a partial DNA match in one of his relatives after combing through a list of 1,000 people on the database who could be related to the killer.

Further investigation of Fuller led to his arrest at his home in Heathfield, East Sussex, where he lived with his family, in the early hours of December 3 last year. 

Detectives add that when he was arrested he did not look surprised, however, he denied any involvement and said he had no knowledge of the case or the area where the women lived. 

During a search of his home, police found hard drives, floppy discs and CDs with 14 million images of sex offences - including filming himself committing the heinous acts. Images of him attacking corpses were also discovered.

Detectives have so far detected around 100 potential victims but admitted all their identities may never be known.

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Few victims were abused by Fuller on multiple occasions and some both before and after post-mortem examinations.

Mr Atkinson continued:

'When interviewed he said he wanted to admit the offences but didn't want to talk about them. 

'He said he didn't remember the first time it had happened. He agreed recording names and ages of those he assaulted but said he didn't commit the offences to derive any sexual pleasure from them.

'He said the offences were not planned. He would get the names of people from the tags on their arms.

'He thought his oldest victim was '60/70', the youngest 'nine'. On eight occasions his Facebook account was linked to the victims.'

The court heard the hard drives also revealed research under the headings 'rape' and 'murder', with images of naked deceased women, of strangulation and slash wounds, and of apparently dead women being abused.

The prosecutor added:

'That entire history is an aggravating feature in that it demonstrates a bizarre and deeply-held interest in rape, murder and abuse of dead women.'

Ms Knell was found dead in her apartment in Guildford Road on June 23, 1987, by her boyfriend. 

The items at her house were bloodstained and her bloodstained head was resting on a towel.

Police could find no signs of forced entry, and neighbors heard nothing through the flat's thin walls.

Ms Pierce was snatched five months later outside her home in Grosvenor Park, on November 24.  

Neighbors heard screams coming from the direction of the cemetery next to her flat at the time she is believed to have been kidnapped. 

Her body was later found by a farm worker driving a tractor around the edge of a field on December 15, some 40 miles away in a water-filled dyke near St Mary in the Marsh, close to Romney Marsh. She was naked apart from a pair of tights.  

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Both the victims suffered head injuries due to blunt force trauma and had injuries of compression of the neck by strangulation - either of which could have been the cause of death - and both victims had suffered similar injuries during sexual assaults.

Fuller initially denied the murders on grounds of diminished responsibility, but later changed his plea mid-way through his trial in the wake of a report into his mental capacity.

He also admitted a further 51 other offenses, including the sexual penetration of a corpse, possessing an extreme pornographic image involving sexual interference with a corpse, and taking indecent images of children.

He got away with his crimes for nearly 35 years by maintaining a front of middle-class domesticity and respectability.

To those who knew him, at least casually, he was a family man, a thrice-married father-of-four, and a seemingly doting husband and father. 

Investigators believe he would have 'undoubtedly' carried on offending if he had not been identified.  

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The mother of one of his victims - 24-year-old Azra Kemal, previously spoke of how her daughter was 'violated' at least three times while in the morgue at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Azra, who worked as a researcher for Sky News died after she fell from a bridge trying an escape a car that had burst into flames on the A21 last July.

Fuller raped her body three times while it was held in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital morgue - once not long after her mother visited to say her last goodbye.

Nevres Kemal told the court her focus was to increase the jail term from two years for necrophilia offences.

She called Fuller 'insignificant' as she addressed the judge.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Fotheringham, said Fuller's offending has caused suffering and inconceivable trauma' to hundreds of people.

He added:

‘David Fuller is responsible for a level of offending of unimaginable horror and depravity. He has targeted and brutally murdered two young women in the prime of their lives, seemingly for no other reason than to satisfy his own warped desires and forced the families and friends of Wendy and Caroline to endure more than three decades of incomprehensible suffering. 

'His abhorrent offending has also caused suffering and inconceivable trauma to the lives of hundreds of other people, many of whom were still grieving the loss of loved ones. 

‘Throughout our investigation Fuller has only demonstrated a capacity for self-pity, and not shown a single shred of remorse for his many victims and appalling crimes. I sincerely hope that today’s sentencing will provide some form of closure or comfort to all those who have been affected by his heinous actions, knowing at least that Fuller will spend the rest of his life in prison.’  

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust chief executive Miles Scott said in a statement:

'I would like to apologise once again for the hurt that has been caused to families as a result of these appalling crimes.

'We will make any further improvements recommended from the independent inquiry and we have undertaken a risk assessment of our mortuary including assuring ourselves against existing Human Tissue Authority guidance.'

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Noel McHugh, of the NCA’s Major Crime Investigative Support unit, added:

'This was an utterly horrific case, Fuller's depraved offending was off the scale. The victims and their families are forever in our thoughts.

'The Agency provided extensive investigative support to this case since 2007 particularly around familial DNA.

'The NCA is very proud to have helped Kent Police bring justice to the families of Wendy, Caroline and Fuller’s many other victims.'

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Whole life orders are considered the most severe punishment in UK law and is for those who commit the most heinous crimes.

In September, Wayne Couzens, 48, was jailed for the rest of his life with no chance of parole after he 'misused' his 'office and authority' as a Met officer to kidnap, rape and murder Sarah Everard.

These are joined by a line of country's some of the most dangerous offenders who are expected to serve lifetime behind prison bars.

There are 60 criminals still alive who are serving whole life orders, according to government figures to the end of June. In total, 73 criminals have been sentenced to whole life terms.

Wayne Couzens was jailed for the rest of his life with no chance of parole earlier this year

As a former police officer convicted of kidnap, rape and murder, Couzens is likely to see out his sentence in a Vulnerable Prisoner Unit (VPU) for his own protection. In VPUs, prisoners are segregated from mainstream inmates, since they may be considered possible targets for violence from other prisoners given the brutality of their crimes.

HMP Belmarsh in Thamesmead, east London, is one of the possible locations that Couzens could be sent after his sentencing
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Milly Dowler's killer Levi Bellfield is thought to be the only criminal in UK legal history to be serving two whole life orders - for her murder, the killings of Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange as well as the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.

Other notorious criminals serving whole life orders include Gloucester serial killer Rose West, who is responsible for the deaths of ten women - many of them tortured and murdered with her husband Fred West, now dead, as an accomplice.

Gloucester serial killer Rose West, who was jailed for life over the murders ten victims between 1973 and 1987
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Rose West was later transferred to HMP New Hall in West Yorkshire in 2019, as rumors circulated about ill health and death threats. 

Myra Hindley, who died aged 60 in 2002, was never released from prison despite her long campaign for parole, which was backed by prominent supporters including Francis, Pakenham, Earl of Longford.

Partner in crime, Ian Brady, spent 19 years in mainstream prisons before he was diagnosed as a psychopath in 1985 and moved to the high-security Park Lane Hospital, now

Rose West was later transferred to HMP New Hall in West Yorkshire in 2019, as rumors circulated about ill health and death threats. 

Myra Hindley, who died aged 60 in 2002, was never released from prison despite her long campaign for parole, which was backed by prominent supporters including Francis, Pakenham, Earl of Longford.

Rose and her late husband Fred West are believed to have tortured and murdered at least a dozen women in their home in Gloucester, including their daughter Heather
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Partner in crime, Ian Brady, spent 19 years in mainstream prisons before he was diagnosed as a psychopath in 1985 and moved to the high security Park Lane Hospital, now Ashworth Hospital, in Maghull, Merseyside.

Before they died, Moors murderer Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley were among the criminals serving life behind bars

Brady vowed to starve himself in 2012 and unsuccessfully applied to return to prison. He finally died at Ashworth Hospital in 2017 aged 79, after spending 52 years incarcerated.

Michael Adebolajo, one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers, is also serving a life term without parole.

Before they died, Moors murderer Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley were among the criminals serving life behind bars
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Other notorious lifers are Mark Bridger, 55, who abducted and murdered five-year-old April Jones in Powys, Wales, in 2012; neo-Nazi Thomas Mair who killed MP Jo Cox; Grindr serial killer Stephen Port; and most recently terror attacker Khairi Saadallah - who murdered three men in a park in Reading. 

Levi Bellfield who was found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2003

Before they died, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and doctor Harold Shipman - thought to be one of Britain's most prolific serial killers - were also among those serving whole life orders.

Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebelajo later lost two teeth while being restrained by five officers at Belmarsh Prison

In the previous years, home secretaries could issue whole life tariffs and these are now determined by judges.

Under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, the Government is trying to expand the use of whole life orders for premeditated murder of a child.

Mark Bridger, 55, who abducted and murdered five-year-old April Jones in Powys, Wales, in 2012
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The reforms would make it possible for the judges to hand out the maximum sentence to 18 to 20-year-olds in exceptional cases, such as for acts of terrorism leading to mass loss of life. 

It will also give judges the discretion, in exceptional circumstances, to impose a whole life order on offenders aged 18 or over but under 21

Thomas Mair, 58, who shot and stabbed Labour MP Jo Cox outside of her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in 2016
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