The gruesome details included in a recent lawsuit bring to mind what you might expect to see in a “homemade horror movie,” which is how one investigator described what was happening at an Arizona body donation center.
After an FBI multi-state human body parts trafficking raid in 2014 of the Biological Resource Center in Phoenix, an agent detailed a gory scene that included “a bucket of heads, arms, and legs … a cooler filled with male genitalia [and] infected heads.”
But, according to KTVK, it gets worse. Much worse.
The CBS affiliate reported the agent claimed to see “a small woman’s head sewn onto a large male torso like Frankenstein and hung up on the wall.”
The lawsuit speaks of bodies being cut apart with chainsaws and bandsaws, with pools of blood and bodily fluids found on the freezer floor.
Troy Harp, one of over 30 plaintiffs suing BRC, donated the bodies of his mother and grandmother in 2012 and 2013 with the understanding their bodies would be used for scientific purposes, KTVK reported.
“This is a horror story. It’s just unbelievable! This story is unbelievable,” Harp said.
And even though he received his mother’s ashes, Harp questions if they’re really hers, telling the news outlet he doesn’t believe their bodies ever made it out of the facility.
AZ Central said 33 plaintiffs have sued BRC, saying the remains of their loved ones were obtained through “false statements.”
The lawsuit claims that body parts were being sold for profit to various middlemen, to include the U.S. military, and that the remains were not stored, treated or disposed of with dignity or respect, the newspaper reported.
A 2013 price list that is part of the court file reflected the pricing for the body parts:
- Whole body with no shoulders or head: $2,900.
- Torso with head: $2,400.
- Whole spine: $950.
- Whole leg: $1,100.
- Whole foot: $450.
- Knee: $375.
- Pelvis: $400.
In addition to taking donations, Biological Resource Center offered the families free transportation services to pick up the body, plus free cremation.
Widow Dona Patrick said she was persuaded to amend forms to allow her husband to be used by the military, according to Reuters.
“I didn’t understand what they were talking about,” she said. “But I said ‘OK.’”
“They prey on people that have no money, that are poor, that have no insurance – like us,” Patrick said, explaining that this was a traumatic time for her.
BRC sold body parts to U.S. Army contractors for military experiments, the news agency reported.
A Pentagon spokeswoman said BRC provided the body parts “under false pretenses,” misleading the Army that consent had been secured for them to be used in destructive tests.
Reactions to the shocking story have been understandably extreme.
“Stuff like this always gets discovered, but no one ever seems to get arrested or charged for it. Smh,” one user replied on Twitter.
Another responded, .”Demons are real.”
“This is a joke right? You guys are joking right??” another said.
And another replied, “Who the hell was buying the body parts? What were they doing with them? Do I even want to know the answer to this question?”
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