Warning monster who abused at least 102 women and girls may have committed other crimes

David Fuller will never be released from prison after abusing 102 corpses including a nine-year-old girl and a 100-year-old woman while working in a hospital

David Fuller being questioned by police
David Fuller being questioned by police

A double murderer thought to be Britain’s worst necrophiliac who sexually abused more than 100 dead women and girls in hospital mortuaries, will never be released from prison.

David Fuller beat and strangled 25-year-old Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce, 20, to death before sexually assaulting them in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.

The 67-year-old also filmed himself abusing at least 102 corpses, including a nine-year-old girl, two 16-year-olds, and a 100-year-old woman over 12 years before his arrest in December 2020.

Azra Kemal, 24, was one of his last victims, who was raped as she lay dead in the morgue.

Fuller attacked his victims in the mortuaries of the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, in Pembury, where he had worked as an electrician since 1989.

He pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Knell and Ms Pierce days into his Maidstone Crown Court trial after previously admitting manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Fuller will never be released


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Fuller on the first day of his trial



He also pleaded guilty to 51 other offences, including 44 charges relating to 78 victims in mortuaries between 2008 and November 2020.

They included the sexual penetration of a corpse, possessing an extreme pornographic image involving sexual interference with a corpse and taking indecent images of children.

Today Kent Police revealed a dedicated team of investigators will spend at least 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 are delighted with today’s sentences and that Fuller will never see the light of day.

Caroline Pierce was just 20 when she was killed



“The damage he has done to hundreds of families is unimaginable, this is the worst offending my team have ever seen.

“Given the nature and length of time of his crimes, it is unthinkable he didn’t commit other offences.

“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.

Azra Kemal was one of Fuller’s victims

“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.”

After three decades, Fuller was finally apprehended last year after a DNA breakthrough in 2019 linked him to the 1987 murders through a relative.

Samples left on Ms Knell’s duvet made Fuller one billion times more likely to be the killer, while cells on Ms Pierce’s tights made him 160,000 times closer a match than any other person, the CPS said.

Fuller after being arrested and placed in custody


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Fuller had also kept evidence of himself visiting the Buster Browns restaurant where Ms Pierce worked and photos in SupaSnaps sleeves – the company Ms Knell was employed at when she was killed.

Libby Clark, senior crown prosecutor in the CPS South East Complex Casework Unit, said: “David Fuller’s deeply distressing crimes are unlike any other I have encountered in my career and unprecedented in British legal history.

“This highly dangerous man has inflicted unimaginable suffering on countless families and he has only admitted his long-held secrets when confronted with overwhelming evidence.

Fuller in police custody


Kent Police / SWNS)

“Fuller, with his uncontrolled sense of sexual entitlement, treated Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce with extreme depravity. Both women were simply at home or returning from work when he ambushed them.

“Their families never gave up on achieving justice even when all hope seemed lost. My thoughts are with them today and all the families of women and girls whose lives have been cut short by senseless violence.

“Fuller’s appalling crimes did not end with these killings and he went on to abuse his position of trust as a hospital electrician in the most grotesque manner imaginable.

“No British court has ever seen abuse on this scale against the dead before and I have no doubt he would still be offending to this day had it not been for this painstaking investigation and prosecution.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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