The manager of a morgue at Harvard Medical School allegedly stole human body parts that had been donated for educational use, according to a federal indictment, Boston-area ABC affiliate WCVB reported Wednesday. The manager, Cedric Lodge, allegedly allowed buyers to peruse the morgue and select remains for purchase; he also brought dissected body parts back to his home and shipped them through the mail to buyers in different states.
“We are appalled to learn that something so disturbing could happen on our campus,” George Daley, dean of the faculty of medicine, and Edward Hundert, dean for medical education, wrote in a statement, according to WCVB. They called the case “an abhorrent betrayal.”
Lodge was fired last month, Daley said.
Lodge’s wife, Denise Lodge, is also accused of selling the remains; the PayPal account to which the buyers sent payments seemed to be run by her. Memos attached to the transactions read, “head number 7” in one case and “braiiiiiins” in another, WCVB reported.
The indictment also names several buyers.