Sick ‘bone collector’ sold dead friends’ skulls on Facebook marketplace

A ‘bone collector’ has been accused of selling their dead friends' skulls and body parts on Facebook marketplace.

According to the FBI, James Nott also slept with a head in his bed at his Mount Washington, Kentucky, US home.

Using a fake profile of a man named “William Burke”, Nott allegedly advertised human skulls for sale – with one advert dated in June.

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The FBI was tipped off to the 40-year-old’s activity during their investigation into an illicit ring of human body part traders, linked to Harvard Medical School.

The former morgue manager at the prestigious school, Cedric Lodge, was fired for allegedly stealing “heads, brains, skin and bones” from cadavers that were donated to the school.

Nott would ship nationally, with the exception of three states – Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana.

One of the human skulls was advertised as having an "autopsy cut" and was missing a slice off the top.

While Nott allegedly concealed some of his activities using the pseudonym and by sending untraceable voice messages through Facebook rather than text, investigators said he used a PayPal account under his real name to receive payment for the human remains, as reported by Fox News.

According to an affidavit, the FBI searched Nott's apartment on Tuesday (July 11), and when he was asked if anyone else was inside the apartment he said: “Only my dead friends”.

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"FBI agents located human remains including approximately 40 human skulls, spinal cords, femurs, and hip bones," the affidavit reads.

"The skulls were decorated around the furniture."

One had been wrapped in a headscarf. They found another in Nott's bed.

Agents also found a Harvard Medical School bag in the home.

Nott has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person after police found two rifles, a revolver, dozens of loaded AK-47 and .308 magazines, and bomb-making materials.

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He has been remanded in custody without bail, his arraignment will take place on August 4.

The Harvard Medical School called the conspiracy "an abhorrent betrayal" and fired Lodge in May.

"We are so very sorry for the pain this news will cause for our anatomical donors’ families and loved ones, and HMS pledges to engage with them during this deeply distressing time," Harvard Deans George Daley and Edward Hundert said in a statement.

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