A Kentucky man was arrested after law enforcement officials found 40 human skulls and other body parts at his home in Mt. Washington.
FBI officials made the discovery as a part of an investigation into theft of body parts from the morgue at Harvard Medical School.
39-year-old James Nott allegedly purchased the human remains from a Pennsylvania man named Jeremey Pauley who had obtained them from a woman who stole the parts from cadavers donated to the school for medical research and education.
Investigators said that Pauley purchased hearts, brains, lungs, and two fetal specimens from Pauley and paid her through the PayPal online banking service.
In addition to the 40 human skulls, FBI agents also found human spinal cords, hip bones, and femurs at Nott’s home. Some of the skulls were allegedly decorated.
The FBI also claimed to have found a Harvard Medical School bag, various guns, including an AK-47, inert grenades, and body armor plates.
United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam issued a scathing statement about the case.
“The theft and trafficking of human remains strikes at the very essence of what makes us human,” he said. “It is particularly egregious that so many of the victims here volunteered to allow their remains to be used to educate medical professionals and advance the interests of science and healing. For them and their families to be taken advantage of in the name of profit is appalling.”
Nott was booked into the Oldham County jail and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm as a prohibited person.
He lived alone but when he was asked by an FBI agent if there was anyone else in his apartment, he responded, “Only my dead friends.”
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
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