Karen Greenlee Stole a Body En Route to the Funeral
Karen Greenlee was a 22-year-old embalming apprentice with an intense love for the dead. While working for the Memorial Lawn Mortuary in Sacramento, California, in 1979, she was asked to transport the body of a 33-year-old man to a funeral. She decided a two-day rendezvous with the body was a much better idea. She drove off in a company hearse with the body and was found two days later in the man’s casket with a five-page suicide letter containing her confessions to having had sex with somewhere between 20 and 40 dead men. She had attempted to overdose on codeine but the police got to Greenlee in time and saved her life.
Apparently, it wasn’t actually illegal to have sex with dead bodies in California at the time (it is now, though), so she was only convicted of stealing the hearse. She spent eleven days in jail, paid a $255 fine, and was later sued by her victim’s mother for $117,000 for emotional distress.
Greenlee gave an in-depth interview to author Jim Morton for his book Apocalypse Culture. In it, she explains when she discovered her attraction for the dead, what stimulates her, and how necrophilia is far more prevalent in the funeral industry than people imagine.