A doctor who once worked as a backup physician for an abortion doctor called him “deranged” and a “psychopath” after learning authorities found more than 2,200 preserved fetal remains on his property in Will County.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that detectives and personnel from the Will County Coroner’s Office found 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains on the property of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Court records show Klopfer lived on Pine Court in Crete Township.
Klopfer, who died Sept. 3, provided gynecological care, abortions and vasectomies at three clinics in Indiana, according to state records. The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana suspended Klopfer’s license in November 2016 after finding he violated state law and regulations at his clinics.
Dr. Geoffrey Cly, who is against abortion, said he worked for three years as a backup physician for Klopfer to address any complications from patients on which he performed abortions. Cly said he left that role after learning Klopfer was performing abortions on minors who had been sexually abused.
Cly said in a statement that the news of authorities finding fetal remains at Klopfer’s property is "shocking and horrific." He said Klopfer meets the definition of a psychopath.
“Klopfer was a psychopath and I am happy he has left this earth,” Cly said.
Since the disturbing discovery of fetal remains at Klopfer’s property, several Indiana state lawmakers have called on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to investigate Klopfer’s clinics in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne to see if they also have fetal remains.
“It’s hard to imagine what this man was doing and what was going through his mind,” said Indiana state Rep. Ron Bacon.
Hill said in a statement that his office has “reason to believe there is an Indiana connection to these remains.”
“This past weekend, I conferred with Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and he and I have agreed to work together as my office coordinates an investigation,” Hill said.
Hill said the discovery of the fetal remains “shocks the conscience.”
The sheriff’s office, coroner’s office and Will County State’s Attorney’s Office are conducting a joint investigation of the fetal remains at Klopfer’s property. The sheriff’s office declined to release further information and the state’s attorney’s office declined to comment.
Will County Coroner Pat O’Neil failed to return calls Monday.
Bacon said there are many questions that need answers, such as what Klopfer was doing with the fetal remains, what his purpose was for keeping them and if patients were notified he had the remains.
Cly said it was “really crazy” if Klopfer was taking the fetal remains to his property and saving them.
“It’s a psychological derangement. It’s beyond comprehension,” Cly said.
In a 2016 Medical Licensing Board of Indiana finding, Klopfer terminated the pregnancy of a 10-year-old who reported to him she had been raped, but Klopfer did not report the child's claim to any law enforcement agency.
Cly said he only met Klopfer in person once when he had to sign paperwork for him. He said he remembered Klopfer justifying his abortion practice at the time by saying he was preventing women from suffering. Cly said Klopfer also asked how it was fine for Americans to bomb women and children in Dresden, where he lived, during World War II, but it was not fine for him to perform abortions.
"He was deranged," Cly said.