WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: The full depravity of double killer David Fuller’s horrific crimes have been laid bare at his sentencing hearing at Maidstone Crown Court
Twisted David Fuller’s mortuary victims totalled more than 100 – with the youngest he sexually abused just nine years old.
Depraved Fuller, 67, beat and strangled Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, to death before sexually assaulting them in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.
He also abused 101 dead bodies in the mortuaries of hospitals over more than a decade, his sentencing hearing at Maidstone Crown Court was told.
The ages of the victims ranging from 9 to 100-years-old.
The mother of a nine-year-old girl abused in the hospital mortuary by Fuller after she died said in court: “It makes my skin crawl and it really does break my heart. I feel sick. I can’t sleep. It will haunt me forever.”
Fuller filmed himself carrying out the attacks inside the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, in Pembury, where he worked in electrical maintenance roles since 1989.
Investigators have so far detected around 100 potential victims but admitted all their identities may never be known.
He also pleaded guilty to 51 other offences, including 44 charges relating to 78 identified victims, including three children, in mortuaries between 2008 and November 2020.
It was only when searching Fuller’s house after arresting him for murder did detectives find proof of his warped crimes.
They discovered hard drives with more than 14 million images of distressing sexual offences, which included images of him sexually assaulting dead bodies.
The hospital electrician was convinced he would never serve justice for two murders and the sexual assault of over 100 corpses but in 2019 things finally unravelled.
After a check of the national database showed a close match to 90 people, cops whittled it down – eventually identifying Fuller’s brother, before finding the killer himself.
Mrs Knell’s mother Pamela Jones Knell read out an impact statement in court.
“Wendy was a caring thoughtful at times a bit scatty person who would do anything for anyone similar to me,” she said.
“Always smiling, tall and skinny when young, when playing netball she came home with scraped.
“As she got older she always worked hard went to college did her exams.
“She got a job and her employer asked her to look after children. She always wanted children. If she had children at least we would have had a part of her.
“I realised something went wrong, when I realised she never went to work that day. I never expected the reason would be she was dead.
“I rang my husband Bill who went to the flat and when he got there he told police his daughter lived inside and they told him there was a girl inside who was dad.
“You never expect to be told your daughter is dead.”
Katrina Frost, Caroline Pierce’s mum, also spoke in court and said: “My daughter Caroline was a typical teenager, just coming out of her rebellious stage.
“We agreed to meet for lunch after months. But now it became the most horrific part of my life and a nightmare that continues to this day.
“I have had to endure 34 years of not know why anyone would do this. I never forgot racing across Kent having to identify the damaged body of my own flesh and blood.
“I can still recall the horror of seeing her body and what happened to her.
“She didn’t deserve what happened to her or being taken away from her family.
“She doesn’t deserve what this animal did to her.
“She must have been terrified when she died.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.