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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ind. Law - "Indy man stole brains from museum, sold them for cash"

That is the headline to Bill McClerry's front page story today in the Indianapolis Star, which begins:

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.

This story line, however, is real.

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.

A reader observes:
Too cool. In the original Frankenstein movie Fritz stole a brain from a college professor's collection for the monster's brain. He was supposed to get the genius brain but he dropped it and took one from a homicidal maniac instead.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 2, 2014 09:07 AM
Posted to Indiana Law