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By Rampart Stonebridge, updated on July 15, 2023

FBI raid leads to discovery of 40 human skulls, spinal cords

The FBI has unearthed a horrifying scheme involving the trafficking of human remains in Kentucky. Agents found 40 human skulls and various other bones at a local dwelling.

The Daily Wire reported that the FBI stumbled upon this horrifying discovery during a search operation at the house of a man named James Nott, located in Mount Washington, Kentucky.

The operation was part of a broader investigation into a suspected body part trafficking network with international and domestic ties. Nott was allegedly connected to Harvard Medical School and a mortuary in Arkansas.

The agents discovered not just skulls but also spinal cords, femurs, and hip bones. These bones were reportedly used as morbid decorations throughout Nott's residence.

Chilling Aspects of the Alleged Crime

Investigators reported that when FBI agents questioned Nott during the raid, his eerie response was that "only my dead friends," were present at home.

Nott is currently under suspicion of using a pseudonym, "William Burke," to market the human remains he procured from various parts of the globe on Facebook.

Nott was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following the raid. The Department of Justice clarified in a press release that "The charge of a felon in possession of a firearm, as stated in today’s complaint, arose from a federal search warrant executed at Nott’s residence today, in connection with a search for firearms and trafficked human remains."

Law enforcement officers had previously observed Nott's Facebook page and noticed him "posting human remains for sale."

Links to Harvard Medical School

The operation was conducted in the wake of allegations by federal prosecutors that several individuals had stolen and sold human remains. Police had identified they had been stolen from the morgue of Harvard Medical School.

A grand jury indicted Cedric Lodge, 55, the manager of the morgue, and his wife in this criminal plot, which allegedly spanned from 2018 to earlier this year.

Investigators found a bag from Harvard Medical School at Nott’s residence. Lodge is accused of diverting some of the remains and selling them.

So far, eight individuals have been charged in this case, which extends across several states. Nott was accused of coordinating the sale of remains with Jeremy Pauley, a resident of Pennsylvania.

Public Outrage and Legal Response

United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam expressed his profound shock and revulsion at the crime, stating:

“Some crimes defy understanding. The theft and trafficking of human remains strikes at the very essence of what makes us human. 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. With these charges, we are seeking to secure some measure of justice for all these victims.”

The investigation is ongoing, and the full extent of this trafficking network is yet to be revealed.

Aftermath

  • The FBI has unearthed a horrifying human remains trafficking scheme in Kentucky, marked by the discovery of 40 human skulls and various other bones at a local dwelling.
  • The suspect, James Nott, is under suspicion of using a pseudonym to market the human remains on Facebook.
  • The case has ties to Harvard Medical School and an Arkansas mortuary, with several individuals accused of stealing and selling human remains from the Harvard Medical School’s morgue.
  • Eight individuals have been charged in this case, which extends across several states.
  • The United States Attorney expressed his profound shock and revulsion at the crime, vowing to seek justice for the victims.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.

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