This is the moment when police uncover the pathological trove of images of a necrophilic killer showing himself sexually abusing dead victims in the morgues where he worked.
David Fuller, 68, murdered Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in 1987 before sexually assaulting 101 corpses in his workplaces as of at least 2007.
The father-of-four was not linked to the murders until 2020, prompting investigators to search his home and find nearly 900,000 files showing him manhandling the bodies of women between the ages of nine and 100.
The crimes were committed at the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, where Fuller had worked in maintenance since 1989.
The moment cops uncover the shocking images was first shown in Sky’s true-crime documentary David Fuller: Monster in the Morgue.
Bodycam footage shows police officers searching Fuller’s cramped office in Heathfield, East Sussex, when they stumble upon some images.
Shelley Chantler, DI Shelley Chantler of Kent Police, said her first reaction while handling the case was “utter disbelief” (Pictured: Fuller)
“Why do they look…dead?” Horrifying moment as police stumble upon sick catalog of abuse images of ‘morgue monster’ David Fuller
One asks, “Are those the ones he took?” while another off-camera officer says, “Why do they look…dead?”
An officer then asks, “In the first case… Is this real or made up?”
Then the team finds a drawer full of USB sticks and floppy disks downstairs in a closet. They later discovered they contained nearly 900,000 files on the mistreatment of corpses at the Tunbridge Wells morgue.
During the interview, Fuller later tells investigators, “I’m not crazy.” I may still have residual personality issues, which you know, I’ve lived a near-Christian life and a mortal life at the same time, with no overlaps… There are just two different personalities.’
Shelley Chantler, DI Shelley Chantler of Kent Police, said her initial reaction while handling the case was “utter disbelief”.
She said, “That was an ordinary man.” He was married, he had children.
“It’s hard to imagine that a human could even think of doing something like this, and then they discovered more.”
She added, “It’s like he’s two people rolled into one.” He leads a normal life, going about his own business. And on the other hand he’s out to murder women.’
An examination of Fuller’s computer hard drive at his home revealed 818,051 pictures and 504 videos of his abuse, as well as evidence of his “persistent interest in the rape, abuse and murder of women.”
Fuller’s victims included nurses, teachers, a pilot, a skier, a war veteran, and wives and mothers who had raised families. Many were still wearing defibrillators and catheters when Fuller abused their bodies.
Among those whose bodies were abused by Fuller was a 92-year-old World War II hero who worked at Bletchley Park. Her daughter previously said he committed “the most heinous crimes that our family has to live with on a daily basis.”
An examination of Fuller’s computer hard drive at his home revealed 818,051 images and 504 videos of his abuse, as well as evidence of his “persistent interest in the rape, abuse and murder of women” (Image: Raid on Fuller’s office, filmed with police bodycam)
David Fuller evaded justice for over 30 years after murdering 25-year-old Wendy Knell and 20-year-old Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells in 1987. He then abused at least 101 bodies in morgues
In the Sky documentary, the police find a drawer full of USB sticks and floppy disks in a closet downstairs. They later discovered they contained nearly 900,000 files on the mistreatment of corpses at the Tunbridge Wells morgue
In 2020, Fuller admitted to murdering Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in 1987 after brutally beating and strangling them.
Both women, who lived alone in a shared flat in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, were then sexually abused in dying or after their death by the former hospital electrician.
Miss Knell’s body was discovered in her bed on June 23, 1987, while Miss Pierce, who was attacked just meters from her front door on November 24, three weeks later, on December 15, dressed only in pantyhose, in a field 38 was found miles away in Romney, Kent.
Her horrifying death – known as the “Bedsit Murders” – became one of the longest-running unsolved double homicide cases in the UK.
Married three times, Fuller was finally arrested on December 3, 2020 after a major breakthrough in DNA science identified a family connection to a relative in the national database.
DI Chantler said, “What we were given back were lists of other profiles that could potentially be relatives of the killer.” And we essentially profiled them.
“We did all that research and narrowed our list down to 90 people.”
According to one profile, a brother lived in the area where the 1987 killings took place. It turned out to be the then respected hospital electrician, David Fuller. Two murder charges quickly followed.
Fuller was part of a cycling club in Kent in the 1980s. One of their routes passed right by the spot where the body of victim Caroline Pierce was found in 1987
Wendy Knell (left) and Caroline Pierce (right) were beaten and strangled by Fuller before being sexually assaulted
However, the true extent of his crimes only became clear to investigators when they discovered what prosecutor Duncan Atkinson KC described as “a library of unimaginable sexual depravity” hidden in a stash at his home.
DS David Shipley of Kent Police’s Pedophilia Investigation Team has been tasked with analyzing the images and videos.
He said, “Fuller has committed every sexual act possible with a human body.”
“He didn’t show any emotion.”
“It seems to me that there’s no thought at all that it’s someone’s loved one.”
“It’s still a person — they may be dead, but they’re still a person.” “He never showed an ounce of humanity.”
Fuller’s victims, some of whom the 68-year-old was violent on more than one occasion, included three who were under the age of 18 at the time of death. Several others are believed to have been in their 85s.
He then used burial records to record their details in his own notebooks and even searched Facebook for some of his victims.
Also on the hard drives were a whopping four million naughty pictures of children – most of which were downloaded from the internet.
Fuller, from Heathfield, East Sussex, initially denied the historic murders on the grounds that he was not responsible before unexpectedly changing his guilty plea on the fourth day of his trial amid dramatic scenes.
The depraved killer was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole.
At the time of sentencing, 81 of the bodies had been identified.
However, because it was difficult to identify all of the bodies he had abused, and because it was feared that there could have been hundreds more bodies since Fuller’s hospital tenure began, Kent Police set up a call center after the trial was complete to investigate any to address public concerns.
The government also announced it would conduct an independent public inquiry while NHS England ordered all hospitals to review their safety.
Following Fuller’s conviction, the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate was able to identify a total of 101 victims.