10 Horrifying Cases of Necrophilia That Will Make You Cringe

Necrophilia is defined as having “sexual feelings or activities that involve dead bodies”. As sickening as it sounds, several cases of this grave taboo have been reported dating way back to the Greek Mythology and ancient Egypt and various serial killers in the recent past. Serial killers have a tendency towards necrophilia as part of a larger spectrum of transgressive behavior. Although a few individuals on this list are not guilty of murder, they are certainly guilty of disturbing and violating corpses along with other crimes. Either way, you have been warned.

1. The Lady Embalmer

Actual Drawing From Greenlee’s Sketches

Although 90% of necrophiles are reported to be males, Karen Greenlee is one exception that cannot be missed. Greenlee worked as an apprentice embalmer at the Sacramento Memorial Lawn mortuary. Following her arrest in 1979, Greenlee, then 23, confessed to having sex with 20-40 male corpses. Since, necrophilia wasn’t illegal in the state of California, Greenlee was only convicted for illegally driving a hearse and interfering with a burial after she abducted the body of 33-year-old man. She walked off with a mere 11 month jail time and 2 month probation and also paid a fine of $255. Since gaining notoriety, Greenlee has become an unofficial spokesperson for necrophiliacs. She admits enjoying the smell of death and taking pleasure in attending the funerals of her so-called “corpse-lovers.”

2. The Man Who Had Sex With a 100 Corpses

Victor Ardisson (aka the “Vampire of Muy”) was an undertaker and gravedigger in the small town of Muy in the French region known as Provence. For years, Ardisson engaged in many acts of necrophilia. When he was finally caught, he confessed to having sex with over 100 corpses that had been entrusted to his care. Ardisson also admitted that he frequently dug up corpses and took them back to his humble home. When police examined his residence, they found the corpse of a three-year-old girl. Police also discovered that Ardisson slept next to the corpse and frequently performed sex acts on the girl’s body. Elsewhere, Ardisson kept the skull of a 13-year-old girl—a skull that he constantly kissed and called “my bride.” Throughout the investigation, Ardisson confided to the police that he always talked to the corpses in his home and treated them as if they were still alive. When they didn’t respond, Ardisson would genuinely feel rejected and become despondent for a time.

3. The Hong Kong Butcher

In 1982, 27-year-old taxi driver Lam Kor-wan was also a terrifying sexual predator who murdered four women before mutilating their bodies. After Lam’s arrest, Hong Kong authorities learned that he had sexual intercourse with his victims’ bodies and then removed their sexual organs and pickled them in Tupperware containers. Thus, Lam became known as the “Jars Murderer.” He is currently serving a life sentence.

4. Anthony Merino

In 2007, 24 year old Anthony Merino, made the news for all the wrong reasons. The former laboratory technician at the Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey, was arrested after a hospital security guard caught him doing something indecent with a 92-year-old female patient who had recently died. According to the security guard, he saw Merino sexually violating the woman’s corpse. Needless to say, the Merino was fired from Holy Name Hospital, and a Begen County judge penalized him with seven years in prison.

5. Ted Bundy

America’s Ted Bundy is among the most famous of all serial killers, and necrophilia made the list of his disgusting crimes. The first recorded instance of Bundy having sex with a corpse involved his 1975 murder of Lynette Culver, a 12-year-old from Idaho. Shockingly, Bundy admitted that he had lured Culver from her school, taken her to a hotel room, drowned her in a bathtub, then sexually assaulted her before disposing of her corpse in a river. Another of Bundy’s murder-necrophilia episodes took place in 1978, when he got into the sorority house of FSU Chi Omega in Tallahasee, where among his six victims was 20-year-old Lisa Levy. Bundy beat and strangled the Levy before tearing away one of her nipples, biting her left buttock, and sexually assaulting her corpse with a hair spray bottle. Eventually, Bundy admitted to having victimized over a hundred victims. He also narrated having revisited the corpses of his victims to groom them and perform sexual acts with them until the bodies either decomposed or were destroyed by wild animals.

6. The Vampire of Niteroi

Marcelo de Andrade (aka the “Vampire of Niteroi”) earned his chilling nickname because he liked to drink the blood of his victims. Prior to becoming a serial killer, de Andrade had been a teenage prostitute. After a suicide attempt, he was sent to a reform school. Throughout his time there and afterward, de Andrade was regularly beaten. Many times, his worst beatings came at the hands of relatives. In a nine-month period in 1991, de Andrade raped, murdered, and defiled the corpses of 14 young boys. Many were or had worked as prostitutes while others were involved in Rio’s underworld drug market. Several of de Andrade’s victims were also decapitated. De Andrade was apprehended in December 1991 and declared insane almost two years later.

7. With The Corpse of His Step Mother

In February of 2008, a horrible double murder took place in Louisville, Kentucky. 39-year-old Laura Hughes and her 12-year-old daughter, Tessa, were both found lifeless in their home. Shockingly, the suspect was Tessa’s half-brother and Laura’s step-son, Martin Hughes. Metro Police claimed that the 20-year-old Martin had admitted during their investigation that he had shot Tessa first, then Laura afterwards. Even more disturbingly, after the murders, Martin claimed to have had sexual intercourse with Laura’s corpse. These admissions earned Martin a sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole for the double murder and two counts of abusing a corpse.

8. Genzo Kurita

Genzo Kurita was a remorseless predator who committed a shocking series of crimes between 1948 and 1952, which revolved around murdering mothers and daughters. When Kurita was caught in January 1952, he was charged with murdering a 24-year-old woman and sexually violating her corpse.

His most heinous crime included raping and murdering a 29-year-old mother of three and throwing the woman’s corpse—and her three living children—over the cliffs. In another incident, Kurita broke into the home of a sleeping mother, and after murdering the woman and raping her corpse, Kurita fled the scene. The most sickening part of the incident was that throughout the whole ordeal, the woman’s child slept beside her. For this crime and others, Kurita was executed via hanging in 1959.

9. The Hickory Street Four

In January 2014, the Hickory Street Four—Alisa Massaro, Joshua Miner, Adam Landerman, and Bethany McKee—lured their acquaintances Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins to Massaro’s apartment in Joliet, Illinois. There, the four robbed Glover and Rankins and murdered them. In his later taped confession, Miner claimed that murder did not come into the picture until one of the two men tried to sexually assault McKee. What happened next is truly grotesque. Massaro and Miner apparently tried to have sex either on top of or beside the murdered corpses. By 2015, McKee, Miner, and Landerman had all been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Massaro received 10 years in prison after agreeing to testify against her three confidants.

10. The Shoe Fetish Slayer

Having suffered a childhood where his mother always wanted to have a daughter instead of a son, Jerry Brudos was a deeply disturbed man born in South Dakota in 1939. Disappointed with having borne a son, Jerry’s mother often dressed him in girl’s clothes and treated him very poorly. This seemed to adversely affect Brudos as he developed a strange women’s shoes fetish, which he often satisfied by stealing women’s shoes. Then, beginning 1968, while married with children, he began a murderous spree that on four separate occasions, had him dressing up in women’s clothing, strangling a woman, and bringing her body to the family home’s garage. There, he masturbated over each body as he wore high-heeled shoes. He even amputated two pairs of these corpses’ breasts and used them as paperweights. Finally, Brudos’s crimes were discovered, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.



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