A civil lawsuit has been filed against a Phoenix company accused of illegally selling human body parts. This practice, known as “body snatching,” involves making a profit off dismembering and selling human remains without donor consent.
Free Body Snatcher Lawsuit Evaluation: If you believe your loved one was the victim of body snatching, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: FBI Says Body Broker Warehouse Held “Thousands” of Diseased Body Parts
January 9, 2018 – The warehouse of a Michigan man who has been accused of selling donated human remains to science was littered with dead flies, dog bowls and body parts that were “frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks,” according to an FBI agent’s testimony. Arthur Rathburn faces charges of wire fraud, transportation of hazardous material and making false statements.
What’s the Problem?
The lawsuit (CV2015-013391) was filed December 7, 2015, on behalf of 8 families who donated loved ones’ remains to the Biological Resource Center (BRC) in Phoenix, Arizona as a way to further scientific research, according to ABC News. Instead, the suit alleges BMC scammed the families and sold the victims’ remains to the highest bidder. According to a federal search warrant, a human head sold for $500, arms for $750, and a whole body for $5,000.
The suit alleges that the misconduct goes back nearly a decade; however, donors’ families were not notified until early last year that BMC:
- Sold whole or dismembered bodies for profit;
- Shipped body parts overseas and sold them to unknown entities;
- Did not use the bodies for scientific, medical or educational purposes;
- Stored body parts for years without being donated to medicine or science;
- Failed to handle or dispose of the bodies with dignity or respect, and
- Harvested body parts fraudulently and contrary to the express will of the descendents and their families.
The complaint names as defendants the Biological Resource Center and numerous other people and places connected to the company, citing 11 counts including mishandling of dead bodily remains, breach of contract and negligent referral.
Biological Resource Center Owner Sentenced to Probation
Stephen Gore, owner of the Biological Resource Center, was sentenced on December 11, 2015, to probation and deferred jail time for his role in mishandling the donations of bodies. Gore is facing 4 years of probation and a deferred sentence of 12 months in jail for the crimes, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Body Brokering Lawsuit Filed Against Biological Resource Center of Illinois LLC
November 8, 2017 – In a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, a woman is accusing Biological Resource Center of Illinois LLC of selling her deceased relative’s body for profit. Plaintiff in the case, Ann Marie Van Damme, accuses the defendants of allowing the remains of next of kin David Scott Van Damme to be sold for profit, and for making false representations regarding how the company intended to use the remains of the deceased.
Accused Body Broker Requests New Lawyer
February 8, 2017 – The trial date for accused body snatcher Arthur Rathburn has been postponed after he requested a new lawyer. Rathburn faces 20 years in prison on each of the 13 counts he faces, and has rejected plea deals by federal prosecutors.
Michigan Body Broker Linked to 18 More Human Heads
October 14, 2016 – Arthur Rathburn, the Grosse Pointe Park cadaver dealer accused of renting infected body parts to unsuspecting medical researchers, has been linked to a 2012 incident at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in which investigators found a package filled with 18 human heads arriving from Italy. The details emerged in recent court filings which included statements from 3 confidential sources who helped the FBI build its case against Rathburn.
Prosecutors Fight Evidence Suppression in Body Broker Lawsuit
September 19, 2016 – Federal prosecutors are striking back at an attempt to suppress evidence in a lawsuit filed against a Michigan man accused of running a business that sold infected body parts on the black market. According to the lawsuit, 62-year-old Arthur Rathburn rented human remains with infectious diseases to unsuspecting customers who used them for medical or dental training. Rathburn has filed a motion to suppress evidence seized from a Detroit warehouse, which he claims was illegal and lacked probable cause.
What’s the Problem?
Do I Need a Body Snatching Lawyer?
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Free Body Snatcher Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you feel your family member or loved one may have been the victim of body snatching, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.