FBI Hyperlinks Kentucky Man with ‘Roughly 40 Human Skulls’ to Harvard Medical College Morgue Theft

An FBI affidavit linked a Kentucky resident arrested July 11 on a firearms cost to an alleged conspiracy involving the theft and sale of human stays from a Harvard Medical College morgue.

Throughout a search of James Nott’s condominium, FBI brokers uncovered human stays that included “roughly 40 human skulls, spinal cords, femurs, and hip bones” and a Harvard Medical College bag, per an affidavit hooked up to a legal criticism filed within the U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Kentucky.

In line with the submitting, Nott is related to a “community of people” that participated in promoting and transporting “fraudulently obtained human stays.” Federal prosecutors say the community included former Harvard Medical College morgue supervisor Cedric Lodge.

Lodge, who federal prosecutors allege stole and offered human stays from the Medical College’s Anatomical Items Program, was indicted June 14 by a Pennsylvania grand jury for conspiracy and aiding and abetting the interstate switch of stolen items.

Nott was tied to the human stays conspiracy by means of Fb conversations with Pennsylvania resident Jeremy Pauley. Pauley at present faces legal fees, with prosecutors alleging that he bought human stays stolen from the Harvard Medical College morgue.

In line with the affidavit, the human skulls in Nott’s residence have been discovered “embellished across the furnishings,” together with one cranium with a “head scarf round it” and one other cranium on the mattress the place Nott slept.

In Fb conversations with Pauley, in accordance with the submitting, Nott used the pseudonym “William Burke” to ship Pauley “images and movies of skulls on the market.” Nott additionally posted “human stays on the market” on his public Fb web page “as not too long ago as June 2023,” per the affidavit.

A footnote within the doc provides that William Burke was a serial killer from Edinburgh within the nineteenth century who, alongside together with his accomplice William Hare, offered victims’ our bodies to a lecturer on the College of Edinburgh.

FBI brokers additionally discovered an AK-47, a revolver, ammunition, inert grenades, and physique armor in Nott’s possession.


In August 2011, Nott was sentenced to 30 months in jail after pleading responsible to possession of an unregistered harmful system and possession of a firearm by an illegal person of marijuana. Following his plea settlement, Nott was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Aaron M. Dyke, Nott’s public defender, didn’t instantly reply to a telephone name requesting remark.

Nott is one in every of at the least eight people arrested in connection to the human stays conspiracy, which FBI brokers started investigating following the June 2022 discovery of human stays at Pauley’s Enola, Pennsylvania, residence.

Following the information of Lodge’s indictment final month, Medical College Dean George Q. Daley ’82 and Dean for Medical Schooling Edward M. Hundert printed a written assertion on the college’s web site that known as Lodge’s conduct an “abhorrent betrayal” and mentioned that federal investigators consider he acted “with out the information or cooperation of anybody else at HMS or Harvard.”

The varsity — which is going through a number of class motion lawsuits from households of Lodge’s alleged victims — despatched a letter signed by Daley to the households of Anatomical Items Program donors that alerted them of Lodge’s indictment and shared obtainable assets, together with a hotline “staffed by specifically skilled counselors” to reply members of the family’ questions.

Harvard additionally established an exterior panel to put in writing a report reviewing the Anatomical Reward Program’s insurance policies — which it has dedicated to sharing publicly and expects to be prepared by the top of the summer time.

In a letter to impacted households, Daley wrote that HMS is dedicated to “introspection, innovation, and development, significantly within the face of problem.”

“These values drive our dedication to do all we are able to to stop one thing like this from taking place once more,” he wrote.

—Workers author Neil H. Shah could be reached at neil.shah@thecrimson.com. Comply with him on Twitter @neilhshah15.