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Indy Cops Nab Dead Brains Smuggler in eBay Bust Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 03:15 AM

Talk about losing your head. An Indianapolis man was busted for stealing the dead brains of former mental patients and selling them on eBay.

The Indianapolis Star reports that, "The details sound like the plot of a bad horror movie: Desperate for cash, a young man breaks into a warehouse to steal the brains of dead mental patients, and the body parts are later sold on eBay."

Mary Ellen Hennessy Nottage, executive director of the museum that displayed the brain parts, is quoted as saying that, “It’s horrid anytime a museum collection is robbed. A museum’s mission is to hold these materials as cultural and scientific objects in the public interest. To have that disturbed — to have that broken — is extraordinarily disturbing to those of us in the museum field.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, "Authorities say David Charles, a 21-year-old Indianapolis resident, is accused of breaking into the Indiana Medical History Museum multiple times this year and stealing jars of human brain tissue and other preserved material. A tipster who paid hundreds of dollars on the online auction site helped bring the organ entrepreneurism to an end."

The dead brains smuggler had earned $670 for selling them on eBay.

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