Warped killer abused more than 100 bodies in a mortuary in a calculated pattern ...

Warped killer abused more than 100 bodies in a mortuary in a calculated pattern ...
Warped killer abused more than 100 bodies in a mortuary in a calculated pattern ...

After their daughter Wendy was murdered in 1987, Bill and Pamela Knell were given a bottle of champagne by a well-meaning friend to celebrate the moment when her killer was caught. 

Within a few years, they had thrown it away in frustration.

‘We don’t want to die not knowing what happened and who did this,’ Pamela told a newspaper at the time.

Bill Knell died, broken-hearted, from cancer in 2017 without knowing who beat and strangled his 25-year-old daughter to death before sexually assaulting her body. 

But Pamela, now a frail woman in her eighties, was at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday to hear electrician David Fuller finally say he murdered Wendy and Caroline Pierce.

Like Wendy, 20-year-old Caroline was killed and sexually assaulted before Fuller dumped her body in a field he had passed on his bike just weeks before, along with other members of his cycling club. 

Both women lived alone in ground-floor flats just a mile apart in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 

Their deaths were dubbed the ‘Bedsit Murders’ and became one of the UK’s longest double homicide cases.

But Pamela Knell, now a frail woman in her eighties, was at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday to hear electrician David Fuller (pictured) finally say he murdered Wendy and Caroline Pierce

But Pamela Knell, now a frail woman in her eighties, was at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday to hear electrician David Fuller (pictured) finally say he murdered Wendy and Caroline Pierce

Like Wendy, 20-year-old Caroline was killed and sexually assaulted before Fuller dumped her body in a field he had passed on his bike just weeks before, along with other members of his cycling club

Like Wendy, 20-year-old Caroline was killed and sexually assaulted before Fuller dumped her body in a field he had passed on his bike just weeks before, along with other members of his cycling club

Their deaths were dubbed the ‘Bedsit Murders’ and became one of the UK’s longest double homicide cases

Their deaths were dubbed the ‘Bedsit Murders’ and became one of the UK’s longest double homicide cases

Indeed, it is only now that 67-year-old Fuller’s murder trial has come to a dramatic halt with his guilty plea, that the full story of one of the most hideous killers in British history can begin to be told.

For having taken the lives of two young women in their prime, Fuller went on to commit further crimes of almost unimaginable evil – raping and sexually molesting the bodies of at least 100 women and girls in mortuaries to which he had access as a hospital electrician.

His oldest victim was 100, his youngest just nine. He filmed his perverted acts, and took photographs of his victims’ identity bracelets and mortuary log entries. He recorded their names and searched for information about them on social media.

With psychopathic precision, he kept files on those he violated in an upstairs office at his home in Heathfield, East Sussex, which the prolific hoarder guarded with CCTV.

Police, who have sifted through millions of images on Fuller’s computers and hard drives, have not yet been able to identify all of his victims. 

Aside from the horror of all this – with the jury at Maidstone Crown Court being offered counselling – police believe Fuller’s crimes may go way beyond the 51 counts of necrophilia for which he pleaded guilty, stretching back to the pre-digital era before he was able to use digital cameras to record images of his crimes.

Hundreds of families who have lost loved ones at the former Kent and Sussex Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital where Fuller worked, will be haunted by the thought that they might have been among his victims.

For having taken the lives of two young women in their prime, Fuller went on to commit further crimes of almost unimaginable evil – raping and sexually molesting the bodies of at least 100 women and girls in mortuaries to which he had access as a hospital electrician

For having taken the lives of two young women in their prime, Fuller went on to commit further crimes of almost unimaginable evil – raping and sexually molesting the bodies of at least 100 women and girls in mortuaries to which he had access as a hospital electrician

Fuller 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.

He was a keen birdwatcher and photographer, and to fellow members of the West Kent Cycle Touring Club, he was a good-humoured and keen cyclist before back problems put paid to his favourite hobby.

At the time he murdered Wendy and Caroline, he was living in staff accommodation at Broomhill Bank School in Tunbridge Wells, where his second wife, Sally, worked as a house parent.

Today we can reveal that beneath this veneer of respectability, Fuller’s offending can be traced back to the 1970s when he was living in Hampshire. 

In 1973, he pleaded guilty to three burglaries at Portsmouth Crown Court and asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

By the time he killed Wendy, and then Caroline, he was living in Kent and married to his second wife. 

As he staked out his potential victims, he used the same criminal techniques he had used as a burglar.

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