In the United States, the morgue director at Harvard Medical School is alleged to have taken and sold body parts without permission from the workplace. The Middle District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney stated that Cedric Lodge, aged 55, is charged with trafficking in human remains.
Lodge, along with his 63-year-old wife Denise and five other suspects, is alleged to be part of a “national network” selling human remains.
Prosecutors reported that from 2018 to 2022, Cedric Lodge “stole organs and other body parts from cadavers donated for medical research and education before planned cremation ceremonies.”
In a statement released by the school, it was expressed, “Learning that such a disturbing thing could happen on our campus has left us horrified.” It was also disclosed that Lodge was terminated from his position on May 6.
Who were the body parts sold to?
It is alleged that Katrina Maclean from Massachusetts and Joshua Taylor from West Lawn, Pennsylvania, purchased the body parts.
Maclean is known to have a store called “Kat’s Creepy Creations,” where, according to social media posts, she transforms dolls into “creepy” figures. It is unknown if Maclean used cadaver parts in her products. The indictment suggests that she stored and sold human remains in her store.
Joshua Taylor is alleged to have made payments totaling over $37,000 for body parts over a period of four years.
Each of the defendants faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.