By Dave Andrusko
Does the name Ulrich “George” Klopfer ring a bell? Likely it doesn’t, not just because his sordid career as an abortionist is “old news,” but because his obsession with retaining the remains of thousands of babies that he aborted is so depraved the temptation is to block it out of our memory banks.
His building in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, has been on the market for years and was just recently purchased by LTD Property Group, a property investment business that buys and sells homes. But who would want to purchase a property that has any connection to such demented behavior? More about LTD in a moment.
In January 2021, when then Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill concluded his investigation into the thousands of fetal remains found on the properties of the notorious Klopfer, he concluded that since Klopfer had acted alone, no further charges would be filed because the 79-year-old Klopfer had passed away in September 2019.
“This horrific ordeal is exactly why we need strong laws to ensure the dignified disposition of fetal remains. I was humbled to provide these precious babies a proper burial in South Bend,” Attorney General Hill said. “We hope the results of our investigation provide much-needed closure to everyone who has been impacted by this gruesome case.”
As National Right to Life News Today reported in numerous stories, following Klopfer’s death on September 3, 2019, his family discovered medically preserved fetal remains in the garage next to his home in Will County, Illinois, close to Chicago. Local law enforcement were dispatched to search the premises and found the babies’ remains, along with thousands of health records from Klopfer’s medical practice.
The remains, mostly found in molding boxes and old Styrofoam coolers containing large, red medical waste bags, were in various states of decay. Each remain appeared to have been placed in a small, clear, plastic specimen bag for purposes of being medically preserved in a chemical suspected to be formalin, a formaldehyde derivative. However, many of the bags degraded over time and/or suffered damage, resulting in leakage from the individual bags into the outer bag, box, or cooler.
This ghastly discovery led to the search of multiple properties owned or rented by Dr. Klopfer and his related businesses. During these searches, authorities found additional fetal remains, including 165 in a trunk in a car he kept stored in Dolton, Illinois, along with hundreds of thousands of health records.
All told, authorities discovered 2,411 fetal remains, which appear to be from Klopfer’s medical practice in Indiana from 2000 to 2003. Because the remains were in poor condition and the health records were degraded, it was not possible to independently verify the identities of the individual fetal remains.
After his death, further details surfaced about a genuinely disturbed man.
To name just one, according to the AP’s Michael Tarm,
It was a 1978 Chicago Sun-Times story that first raised questions publicly about Klopfer, recounting the competition between him and another doctor. A nurse told the newspaper that the other doctor tallied each abortion in pencil on his pant leg. If Klopfer saw lots of marks, he would go “like wildfire to catch up,” she said.
According to Dan Carden of The Times of Northwest Indiana, after women learned of the initial discovery of the remains of thousands of aborted babies, many could not help torturing themselves with the thought that the remains of their baby might be among those or the additional 165 fetal remains found in the car trunk. The interviews with these women were exceeding painful to watch.
Nobody will likely ever understand Ulrich’s motivation for packing these poor babies’ remains inside airtight plastic bags, inside scores of cardboard boxes. His wife never had a clue until she went through their garage after Ulrich’s death. Tarm speculated
Was it a hoarding disorder? Was he was trying to save disposal costs as he racked up legal bills suing and being sued by abortion opponents? Was he hoping to torment his enemies from beyond the grave?
Something this sick probably defies even a semi-sane explanation.
“You can speculate till hell freezes over,” said Kevin Bolger, a Chicago lawyer representing Klopfer’s widow. “You’re not going to know the answer. He took it with him.”
True, but is it all this that surprising coming from a man who was so twisted that (according to a story written by the Chicago Sun Times’ Stefano Esposito) he “often told people that, when he died, he expected to meet the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.”
Klopfer “performed anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 abortions in total,” according to WANE 15. “He started in Illinois in the 1970’s before eventually working in Indiana.”
Back to the recent purchase of Klopfer’s building at 2210 Inwood Drive. Interviewed by Rex Smith of WANE 15, CEO Dakota Bailey said he didn’t initially know the history of the building. But once he did know, that didn’t stop him from buying. Bailey said
“That’s where I feel like God really is using me and then using our company because I feel like I’m one of those people who really does have a belief in a more positive future and a better future, and the things that people kind of think are bad or they’ll go away from, I kind of run towards. I’m like OK let’s turn this into something better.”
Bailey said beside painting the exterior and completely renovating the inside, “they also intend to raise funds for a mural to be painted on the side of the building,” Smith reported. “He doesn’t have official plans but wants the mural to serve as a memorial and send a message of hope.”