Toledo, OH – Lawrence J. Clement, 57, has turned himself in to Toledo police after having been told that there was an active warrant for his arrest. This in response to allegations that he was discovered touching a corpse ‘in a sexual manner’ while working at a funeral home.
Police say Clement – of Temperance Michigan – had “sexual contact by means of touching the erogenous zone” of Brenda Shular-Cameron, 51. Shular-Cameron had died Sunday of multiple organ failure. Shular-Cameron’s family was reportedly told that another funeral home employee witnessed Clement “fondling” the woman’s corpse.
Clement, who had worked part time at H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home where the incident allegedly occurred, has since been fired by the company, a spokesman said Wednesday. The family of the victim reportedly said they were told Clement worked there for seven years and was a ‘greeter.’
“I’m enraged,” said Anne Lamprecht, the victim’s mother. “My daughter died a horrible death. She was a beautiful young woman. I cringe to even think of them touching her.”
The family had the woman’s body transferred to a different funeral home, but the future is not yet clear.
“We can’t even bury her now,” Ms. Lamprecht said. “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.”
Shular-Cameron’s family have claimed funeral home manager Susan Birkenkamp offered to forgive the $11,000 funeral cost if the family didn’t call police. Lisa Marshall, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Service Corporation International, which owns the Birkenkamp funeral home denied the family was offered a deal. Marshall said that the company wouldn’t have told the family in the first place if it wanted to cover anything up.
“I do not believe for one minute that we offered the family anything for their silence, and I believe that we operated as we always do with full transparency,” Marshall said on Thursday.
The woman’s mother had reportedly said, though, that the funeral home employee who witnessed the alleged abuse had threatened to go to the authorities if the family was not notified.
The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has reported that the funeral home did contact them about the matter. The board also is investigating. Board Acting Director Jennifer Baugess said that the Board could suspend or revoke the license of the funeral home or its director if wrong doing is found. Board inspectors are reportedly in Toledo today to interview employees.
Clement is scheduled to be arraigned today in Toledo Municipal Court on a charge of abuse of a corpse.
Such intrigue! I had always thought funeral homes were kinda boring. Hollywood could make a movie about this. But, please please leave out the obligatory sex scene.Tags: Corpse Abuse, funeral home, Lawrence Clement, Necrophilia, Ohio