FBI Busted Kentucky Man For Trafficking Human Remains From Harvard Morgue, FBI Recovered ’40 Skulls, Spinal Cords, and Other Bones’ In His Home

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A Kentucky man has been placed behind bars for allegedly trafficking human remains, Insider reported. FBI agents discovered

“approximately 40 human skulls, spinal cords, femurs, and hip bones,”

in the suspect home, according to court documents.

James Nott was apprehended at his home on July 11. FBI agents recovered human remains as well as firearms, inert grenades, and body armor, reports note. A criminal complaint obtained by Insider revealed that Nott was allegedly part of a larger network involved in

“the sale and transportation of fraudulently obtained human remains.”

Before searching the suspect’s home, FBI agents asked Nott if there were any other people in the home, to which he replied,

“Only my dead friends,”

according to the criminal complaints. Officials discovered several human skulls

“decorated around the furniture,”

including one placed on top of his mattress. They also retrieved a Harvard Medical School bag, the criminal complaint said.

Cedric Lodge, the Harvard Medical School’s morgue manager, was also indicted last month for selling the remains of people who donated their bodies to Harvard’s anatomical gift program, to the black market. He along with several co-conspirators trafficked,

“heads, brains, skin, bones, and other human remains,”

according to an indictment filed against Harvard’s morgue manager, Cedric Lodge. Lodge reportedly sold

“dissected faces and hired a man to tan human skin ‘to create leather,’”

according to court documents.

The FBI said Nott was also communicating with potential buyers on Facebook under the alias

“William Burke.”

He reportedly posted photos of the human body parts

“for sale.”

The FBI busted a possible customer who was in communication with Nott.

“How much total for the couple and the last video you sent plus the spines,”

the person wrote. The FBI was able to get a lead on a wider network of people involved in human remains trafficking, thanks to Nott’s customer. 

Nott was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, as he is not permitted to own firearms after a 2011 case, according to court records. He remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending additional charges. 

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