Funeral Home Employee Arrested For Allegedly Molesting A Corpse

A family has been protesting outside a funeral home in Toledo, Ohio, after they were told a parttime employee sexually assaulted their loved one's corpse. They want the place shut down.

"I'm having nightmares about it," her mother, Ann Lemprecht, told WTVG. "I can't imagine someone touching my daughter."

Brenda Shular-Cameron (pictured), a 51-year-old Chrysler employee, who loved horseback riding, camping and anything outdoors, died of multiple organ failure at a hospice in Northwest Ohio earlier this month, reports The Toledo Blade. She was taken to the H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, which has been caring for the deceased for over 150 years.

Soon after, the funeral home manager, Susan Birkencamp, met with Shular-Cameron's two children, Marc Nail and Amber Thebeau-Tunison. She told them their mother's body had been "mistreated," Nail told The Blade, and that another employee had witnessed his coworker Lawrence Clement "fondling" the corpse. If they didn't go to the police, and thus make the incident public record, Birkencamp allegedly said, she would dismiss the $11,000 cost of the funeral services.

Lisa Marshall, a spokeswoman for the funeral home, disagreed with that description of events and said that if the business was interested in covering up the story, it wouldn't have even told the family about the alleged abuse. Marshall wouldn't tell The Blade whether 57-year-old Clement, who is employed part-time and is not a licensed funeral director or embalmer, had regular contact with corpses at the facility.

funeral HomeThe funeral home fired Clement, and contacted the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, which oversees the state's funeral homes. A police investigation followed.

Clement, who does not appear to have a criminal past, soon gave himself up to authorities, and was arraigned on the federal charge of abusing a corpse. He paid his $50,000 bond, and is now waiting for a grand jury. He should be indicted early this week.

"We can't even bury her now," her mother, Anne Lamprecht, told The Blade. "We can't make funeral arrangements. We don't know if the police will hold her body. She didn't deserve this. None of the family deserved this."

Toledo PoliceBut Shular-Cameron was buried, a week later than planned, at a different Toledo funeral home.

This isn't the first time these charges have besmirched the name of the H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home. Twenty-four years ago, two former employees were found guilty of gross abuse of a corpse. One was sentenced to a year in prison, and the other was given limited immunity as part of a plea bargain.

"I want Birkencamp out of business," Ann told WTVG. "This has happened before, and it continues to happen, unless people do something about it. We have to inform the public so that the public knows what's going on."

If the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors find the charges to be valid, they could revoke the license of the home or its director. They can't discipline Clement himself, because he's unlicensed. But the courts can.


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raff622

Just another reason to stay the hell away from SCI owned and operated funeral homes.

December 01 2012 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
matswa60

Wow there are some true weirdo's out there

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Louis Mitchell

Predators ... EVERYWHERE ... just a shame before GOD
My prayers go out to the family ... If there is anything to take solace in here it's that the
home notified the police and the family. If convicted I hope he is put away for life so that he can't do this again. I Think there needs to be more protection for the families, I feel that laws should be established that life in prison is the penalty for this type of behavior . I also think it would be an important step to have video monitoring at all times in all locations of these "homes' with perhaps a "redacted" copy going to each family as they complete the process for their loved ones. In this way we could all be assured that our loved ones were not / could not be defiled.

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I GUESS THAT MAKES THEM THINK ITS OKAY

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THAT IS SICK ATLEAST THERE DOING IT TO DEAD BODIES INSTEAD OF LIVE ONES

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