August 3, 2016 — The family of a man who was the victim of body snatching has filed a class action lawsuit against Biological Resource Center and several other companies.
The class action (PDF) was filed by the children of William E. Perkins, a man who died in November 2011 after a stroke.
Shortly after his death, his daughter signed a “Willed Body to Science” form that donated his remains to Biological Resource Center. It claimed his body would be treated with “dignity and respect” and used for scientific or medical research.
The family received cremated ashes in December 2013, which Biological Resource Center claimed belonged to William Perkins.
In April 2015, the family was notified of a criminal investigation by the FBI. The FBI said they found body parts belonging to William Perkins during a search.
The family now believes the ashes they received did not actually belong to their father. On May 28, 2015, they filed a class action lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Chancery Division) — Case No. 2015-CH-08513.
They are represented by Kenneth T. Goldstien and Clinton A. Krislov of Krislov & Associated, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois.
The class action accuses several companies of illegally selling human body parts for profit, mishandling remains, and lying to victims and family members about what they were doing with their dead bodies.
Companies named in the class action include:
- Biological Resource Center (Phoenix, Arizona)
- Biological Resource Center of Illinois (Rosemont/Schiller Park, Illinois)
- International Biological, Inc. (Detroit, Michigan)
- Arthroscopy Association of North America (Schiller Park, Illinois)
- Anatomical Service, Inc. (Schiller Park, Illinois)
- Waukegan Hospice Corp., Vista Hospice, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center (Illinois)
The owner of Biological Resource Center, Stephen Gore, pled guilty to a Class III felony in October 2015 (Case No. CV2015-013391).
Biological Resource Center was also hit with a civil lawsuit in Arizona on behalf of eight victims. Lawyers claim the donated bodies were actually dismembered, sold for profit, mishandled, and improperly disposed of on the black market (Case No. CV2015-013391).
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