(CNN) — This was not was your typical undercover sting. For starters, it was happening at an Indiana Dairy Queen. And the target was brains. Yeah, a brain bandit. The arrest last month of a 21-year-old suspect uncovered, police say, a macabre scheme to steal the brains of dead mental patients and sell them online. The suspect was peddling some 60 brains. And yes, amazingly there were customers. The arrest in this case also unearthed a few questions. We will try and answer them.
Where did the suspect get 60 brains?
Suspect David Charles allegedly stole more than 60 jars of brain and other human tissues in October from a warehouse space at the Indiana Medical History Museum, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said in court papers Thursday. He is accused of breaking into the museum and taking jars of brains and tissue from autopsies performed on patients in the 1890s. Court documents said some jars were sold on the auction site eBay by a middleman, despite a company policy against listing “humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products.” Attempts to reach Charles by CNN on Thursday were unsuccessful. He declined to comment outside his Indianapolis home when approached by CNN affiliate WXIN.
What do you do with 60 brains?
Authorities allege that Charles was scheming to sell some of them, according to court documents. The alleged scheme began to unravel when the executive director of the museum, Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage, received a call last month from a man in California who said he had purchased “six jars of brain matter” for $600 on eBay, according to court documents. The man suspected the jars were stolen when he compared them to others on the museum website.Nottage notified the police. Charles was arrested December 16 after authorities organized an undercover sting. He was charged with felony theft and other charges. He is to appear at an Indianapolis court this month in connection with the alleged theft of dozens of jars of preserved human brain tissue valued at about $4,800.
So I guess my only question in this wild and sordid brain selling affair is the guy in California who bought the brains on Ebay and immediately snitched. What the hell is that guy’s deal? I mean that takes a lot of steps to get to that point.
1) You have to be in the brain purchasing business, and active member of the brain hoarding community.
2) You have to take that hobby to the internet in attempts to get yourself more brains, kind of like beanie babies only instead of little stuffed animals they are human brains, so really the same exact thing.
3) You have to purchase the brains and then think to yourself, hey wait a second, these brains seem stolen to me, which to tell you the truth is probably what I would think any time I came across internet brains. Not sure there are many legally obtained brains floating around on Ebay, just a hunch. And
4) You have to find the stolen brains and contact the owner. Seriously what the fuck? That is so much unnecessary brain related sleuthing. Like yeah the guy who stole and sold the brains is weird but the guy who bought and told on the brain stealer is 10,000 times worse. He’s the real criminal here.
You know the old sayings people use to say someone is a good salesman, “he could sell ice to an eskimo” or “he could sell a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves” . Totally obsolete. Now it’s “he could sell stolen brains at an Indiana Dairy Queen”. Can’t be a better salesman than that.