I remember bringing this up a few weeks ago in relation to some foreign movie being made that contained a story about the bodies of dead captured enemy soldiers being sold in New York as "spare" body parts. While no one would go as far as to accuse this of happening in the military for real without proof, I just thought this was interesting as far as showing that anything is possible.
I just found it funny that people were acting as if it could never happen, meanwhile, it is like the dirty little secret of the medical community. It is not unbelievable to me that there are people who would find a way to use body parts from captured and killed enemy soldiers if there was enough money to be made.
Funeralgate "Funeralgate" is the name given to a scandal involving George W. Bush and family campaign contributor Robert Waltrip, owner of Service Corporation International, the largest funeral home company in the world.
In 1999, Bush was subpoenaed but refused to testify in a lawsuit filed against the state of Texas and SCI by Eliza May, former director of the Texas Funeral Service Commission, who claimed that she was fired when she refused to quit investigating SCI despite pressure from Bush and his then Chief of Staff Joe Allbaugh.
The lawsuit was quietly settled in November, 2001, weeks before the revelation in the media that two Florida cemeteries owned by SCI were recycling graves, removing remains from their places of rest and placing other people in the graves.
9,000 people have staked a claim to a $100,000,000 settlement in a lawsuit stemming from the desecration of graves at these cemeteries. In one instance at Menorah Gardens, a Jewish cemetery, SCI desecrated graves and left corpses in the woods where they were devoured by wild hogs.
The general manager of Menorah Gardens, Peter Hartman, died by apparent suicide on December 27, 2001.
Governor approves the settlement of lawsuit involving President Bush Associated Press November 9, 2001 AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has approved a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a former Texas regulator who accused President Bush of hindering an investigation into a funeral services company when he was governor, the governor's office said Thursday.
Central figure in cemetery probe found dead December 27, 2001 MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A central figure in an investigation into the desecration of graves at two Florida Jewish cemeteries is dead of an apparent suicide, police said Thursday.
The Invisible Body Battalion A private firm's undertaker unit is witnessing the human cost of Katrina. But they're not talking. MSNBC Sept. 19, 2005 Kenyon International Emergency Services Inc. specializes in tending to the ruins of human catastrophe [...] It is a subsidiary of publicly traded Service Corporation International [...] Kenyon does not disclose what it pays its body handlers. But Hirsch said simply, "The pay is good." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9399130/site/newsweek/
As bodies recovered, reporters are told 'no photos, no stories' September 13, 2005 The CNN suit was in response to comments Friday at a news conference in which officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency said members of the news media would not be allowed to witness the recovery of hurricane victims' bodies. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/09/13/MNG3HEMQHG1.DTL
FEMA Slows Search for Kids From Katrina Washington Post December 23, 2005 Efforts to locate 500 children still classified as missing after Hurricane Katrina are stalled because the Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing privacy laws, has refused to share its evacuee database with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to investigators tracking the cases.
Kenyon does not disclose what it pays its body handlers. But Hirsch said simply, "The pay is good."
I wish people would be a little less squeamish about dead bodies. Personally, I want to be completely recycled, if possible. Here on T-Nation where a lot of people put a lot of time, money, and effort into making the best body they can, it would seem logical to want that effort to go as far as possible.
The people selling the body parts made it seem legit. Not only that, but don't think of all of these patients as victims. A rich man who needs a heart transplant will pay anything to get a new heart. It isn't unbelievable that people will ignore where the body parts truly come from when their own life is on the line. Money talks. The thing is, while this may not have been discussed openly before, it wasn't unknown that stuff like this happens. A donor heart is much more valuable than coke to the right customer.