Double murderer admits sexual offences relating to 23 dead women

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The infamous double murderer, known as the ‘chicken monster’, has admitted to sexually abusing 23 dead women in the hospital mortuary.

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David Fuller, 68, was jailed for the rest of his life last year after admitting to killing 25-year-old Wendy Nell and 20-year-old Carolyn Pierce in separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.

He also admitted 44 charges related to the abuse of 78 victims at the morgue between 2008 and November 2020.


Appearing at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday, Fuller pleaded guilty to excess misdemeanor — 12 counts of sexual penetration of a corpse between 2007 and 2020 and possession of four counts of extreme obscenity.

Fuller, appearing in court today via video link from prison, is set to be sentenced in December by Mrs.

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The father of four spent most of his adult life as an electrician in hospitals serving residents of Kent and Sussex, and was living his retirement in a quiet cul-de-sac in Heathfield, East Sussex, when his horrific crime The first time came to burn.

New analysis of DNA evidence in the so-called ‘bedsit murders’ of Ms Nell and Pearce has led police to Fuller, who had been identified as the prime suspect in the unsolved murders. A trawl of electronic devices at her home revealed millions of images depicting sex crimes, including Fuller himself interfering with bodies in the hospital morgue.

Victims ranging from a nine-year-old girl to a 100-year-old woman.

In December last year, Fuller was sentenced to life in prison for crimes he confessed to. But further police investigations continued to identify the victims and their families.

Fuller filmed himself abusing at the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, where he had worked as an electrician since 1989.

He used his knowledge of his condition and the way the hospital was working to go to the morgue late at night.

Kent Police said an investigation had found evidence relating to a total of 101 victims and the latest charges related to the 23 remaining victims, all of whom were dead adult women – 10 have not been identified.

After the guilty pleas, CPS’s Libby Clark said: “Fuller’s actions were corrupt, abhorrent and dehumanizing – on a scale that has never happened before in legal history.

“It was important for us to bring these additional charges to the women we could identify with, and whom we sadly could not, to reflect the humiliation and bring justice to the families that we can.

“The horrors of this case will undoubtedly rest with all those who have worked tirelessly to get this case closed.”

Fuller was convicted in 1973 and 1977 of a series of ‘creeper’ domestic thefts, including break-ins through rear windows, and was sentenced to prison by a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Within five months in 1987, he had committed the murders of Ms. Nell and Ms. Pierce, whom he knew well, in the streets of Tunbridge Wells.

Fuller had met Ms. Nell at the city’s Supa Snaps store, where she was the manager, and he often took pictures of her to develop.

Her body was discovered on her bed in Guildford Road on June 23, 1987, with tests showing that her naked body was sexually assaulted after the attack and that she was probably already dead once.

On November 24, 1987, Ms. Pierce was attacked by Fuller outside her bed in Grosvenor Park, and the killer dumped her body in a country alley ditch about 40 miles away.

In court on Thursday, prosecutor Michael Bisgrove said the victim’s personal statements are being prepared for a sentencing hearing to be held at the Old Bailey in the week beginning December 5.

“There are many family members of the victims who want to appear in the court in some form or the other, some of whom want to read the personal statements of their victims in the court,” he said.

The government has announced an independent investigation into how it went undetected until Fuller’s arrest in December 2020.


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