New details have emerged in the case of a Michigan cadaver dealer accused of renting infected body parts to unsuspecting medical researchers and lying to donors’ families about what he did with their loved ones’ bodies.
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October 14, 2016 – According to court records, body broker Arthur Rathburn washed human remains down the drain, stored heads in mouthwash and cremated torsos of donors without telling the families.
All this he did for profit, allege the FBI and federal prosecutors, who after years of building a case against Rathburn are preparing to take him to trial, though a date has not been set.
Rathburn filed a petition with U.S. District Judge Paul Borman in an attempt to suppress evidence from the trial. Among other grisly deeds, Rathburn has been accused of:
- Cutting up bodies with chainsaws
- Shipping coolers containing human heads on commercial airliners
- Storing more than 1,000 body parts on ice at his warehouse in Detroit
The FBI seized the remains during a 2013 raid. Judge Borman this week denied Rathburn’s request to suppress the evidence, noting that the warehouse “appears to be a hub of the illegal activity” and that the remains seized were “relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation.”
Meanwhile, new details have emerged about the case in court filings, including statements from 3 confidential sources who helped the FBI build its case. Two of the informants are Rathburn’s former employees, including one who stated:
“Arthur Rathburn disposes of human biological waste down the drain and in the regular garbage at (his) Detroit facility … contrary to all of his statements that he abides by all local, state and federal regulations,” the FBI wrote in an affidavit. “When Rathburn sends the body for cremation, not all of the body is sent. Rathburn keeps some of the parts for later use — these are not returned to the family.”
Rathburn has also been linked to shipments of human heads that were flagged at airports in recent years, including a 2012 package that was filled with 18 human heads arriving from Italy at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. One of the heads belonged to a man who had expressly restricted use of his remains to nonprofit groups. However, Rathburn’s business was for profit, and so was the Illinois company he was dealing with, according to prosecutors.
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