Call Today for a FREE Confidential Case Review - Toll-Free 24/7 (866) 920-0753

Body Brokers Fight Gruesome Evidence from Warehouse Search

Body Brokers Fight Gruesome Evidence from Warehouse Search

September 19, 2016 — Lawyers for a pair of “body brokers” who ran a black-market business are trying to block evidence from a search of their Detroit-area warehouse.

For nearly seven years, Arthur Rathburn and his now-estranged wife Elizabeth ran International Biological Inc.

Last month, lawyers for the Rathburns filed a 156-page motion to suppress evidence obtained in a search of their warehouse on Grinnell Avenue, claiming prosecutors lacked probable cause.

In December 2013, federal agents searched the warehouse and found un-embalmed, diseased human heads stacked directly on top of each other without protective measures, along with a trove of incriminating documents. According to prosecutors:

“Bodies were bought, sold, and disposed of contrary to the will of donors. Infected remains were passed off as noninfectious. Lies were told to state and federal regulators.”

Arthur Rathburn is accused of dismembering the bodies with a chainsaw and/or band saw “without using sanitary precautions” while she took orders from customers, according to the criminal indictment.

Cadavers diseased with HIV and hepatitis were also sold to unsuspecting medical students, according to The Detroit News. In March, Elizabeth Rathburn admitted taking body parts contaminated with HIV and hepatitis B to an anesthesiologist conference and claiming they were disease-free.

Some of the bodies were provided by Stephen Gore, the owner of Anatomical Service Inc. or Biological Resource Center. In October 2015, he pled guilty to a felony charge of mishandling human remains. Prosecutors say he sold bodies without consent for profit rather than medical or scientific research.

Do I have a Body Broker Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting “body snatching” cases in all 50 states. If your family member’s body was sold for profit, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Consumer Fraud Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Attention Lawyers: We consider a referral from another law firm to be one of the greatest compliments. If your firm is interested in referring us a case or for us to send you a list of previous award judgments and/or average referral fees, please visit the Lawyer Referral section of our website.

Free Case Evaluation

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s law firms and handles cases in all 50 states. We are very proud of our legal achievements, but equally self-respecting of our firms reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client we represent.

No matter what type of case you have, you may contact us with confidence by filling out the email contact form below or calling us directly by dialing toll free 24 hrs/day (866) 920-0753.

*
*
*