Harvard Medical Faculty morgue supervisor Cedric Lodge accused of promoting stolen physique elements

BOSTON – Cedric Lodge, the supervisor of the morgue at Harvard Medical Faculty, has been accused of promoting stolen physique elements.

In keeping with a federal indictment out of Pennsylvania, Lodge, 55, stole dissected parts of human cadavers, took them to his house in Goffstown, New Hampshire after which bought them on-line.

The accused

Lodge’s 63-year-old spouse Denise and two alleged patrons, 44-year-old Katrina MacLean of Salem and 46-year-old Joshua Taylor of West Garden, Pennsylvania had been additionally charged within the indictment launched Wednesday. The Lodges each appeared in federal court docket in Harmony, New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon. Cedric Lodge mentioned nothing as he left court docket on Wednesday.

MacLean appeared in federal court docket in Boston Wednesday afternoon, the place she was charged with transporting stolen items inside and with out of state traces. The utmost sentence for that is 10 years however she was let go by the choose since it is a non-violent offense however she’ll should report in court docket in Pennsylvania sooner or later. MacLean wiped away tears when she was informed she may go house. She mentioned nothing as she left court docket and her lawyer additionally refused to remark.

Two different folks had been additionally charged within the investigation – 52-year-old Mathew Lampi of East Bethel, Minnesota and 41-year-old Jeremy Pauley of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. A seventh individual, Candace Chapman Scott, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was indicted earlier. She’s accused of stealing and promoting physique elements from a mortuary and crematorium.

MacLean owns a retailer in Peabody known as “Kat’s Creepy Creations.” Again in March, the FBI searched the shop and MacLean’s house in Salem, Massachusetts. MacLean had no remark to WBZ TV on the time.

“They’d have had a search warrant and particularly they might have had data that gave it possible trigger to imagine this exercise was happening,” former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindafer informed WBZ. “So, they might be wanting particularly for a physique half, human stays, clearly.”

Kat's Creepy Creations
Kat’s Creepy Creations in Peabody

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Prosecutors say she, Taylor, and the Lodges took human stays from the morgue and introduced them to New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, the place Taylor lives, from 2018 to March of this yr.

Stolen “heads, brains…”

In keeping with the legal grievance, the article of the conspiracy was “to revenue from the interstate cargo, buy, and sale of stolen human stays.”

Prosecutors say Cedric Lodge stole “heads, brains, pores and skin, bones, and different human stays, with out the information or permission of HMS, and eliminated these stays from the morgue in Massachusetts and transported them to his residence in New Hampshire.”

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Former Harvard Medical Faculty morgue supervisor Cedric Lodge leaves federal court docket in New Hampshire, June 14, 2023.

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Lodge and his spouse allegedly bought the stolen physique elements to MacLean, Taylor and others “and typically shipped these stays by america Postal Service to Pennsylvania and elsewhere.”

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Denise Lodge leaves federal court docket in Harmony, NH, June 14, 2023.

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Generally Lodge let MacLean, Taylor and others into the morgue to decide on what physique elements to purchase, prosecutors mentioned.

MacLean can be accused of promoting the human stays and storing them at her Peabody store.

In a single occasion, prosecutors mentioned MacLean “agreed to buy two dissected faces for $600” from Cedric Lodge in October 2020.

In one other, investigators claimed MacLean shipped human pores and skin to Pauley in Pennsylvania in mid-2021 and “engaged his providers to tan the pores and skin to create leather-based.”

Taylor allegedly despatched greater than $37,000 to Denise Lodge to pay for physique elements stolen from the morgue by her husband, in accordance with the legal grievance.

“On November 20, 2020, Taylor despatched Denise Lodge $200 with a memo than learn, “braiiiiiins,” the grievance mentioned. 

“Some crimes defy understanding,” U.S. Lawyer for Pennsylvania Gerard Karam mentioned in an announcement. “The theft and trafficking of human stays strikes on the very essence of what makes us human. It’s notably egregious that so most of the victims right here volunteered to permit their stays for use to teach medical professionals and advance the pursuits of science and therapeutic. For them and their households to be taken benefit of within the identify of revenue is appalling. With these fees, we’re searching for to safe some measure of justice for all these victims.”

Harvard response

Harvard Medical Faculty known as the accusations “morally reprehensible.”

“We’re appalled to study that one thing so disturbing may occur on our campus — a neighborhood devoted to therapeutic and serving others,” Dean of the College of Medication George Daley and Dean for Medical Training Edward Hundert mentioned in an announcement. “The reported incidents are a betrayal of HMS and, most significantly, every of the people who altruistically selected to will their our bodies to HMS by the Anatomical Reward Program to advance medical schooling and analysis.”  

If anybody believes they or a member of the family might have been affected by the investigation, name (717) 614-4249 or e mail [email protected] .