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'Bucket of heads': New, scary details in case against BRC in Phoenix

Briana Whitney
Posted Jul 23, 2019

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Buckets full of body parts, male genitalia in a cooler and heads and bodies of different people sewn together and hung up.

This is new, disturbing evidence in a strange case against the Biological Resource Center in Phoenix.

[WATCH: New findings in Phoenix BRC lawsuit called 'absolutely gross']

The body donation and tissue bank facility was raided by the FBI in 2014, as part of a multi-state investigation into the illegal trafficking and sale of human body parts.

“This is a horror story. It’s just unbelievable! This story is unbelievable,” said Troy Harp, who is one of over 30 plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the facility.

For years, Harp has been living a nightmare, after donating his mother and grandmother to Biological Resource Center in 2012 and 2013, with the understanding their bodies would be used for scientific purposes.

“Cancer, and leukemia and whatever else, using sample cells," said Harp. "That’s what I was told."

But that’s not what happened.

[RELATED: Father, son accused of selling diseased body parts on black market]

The FBI conducted the raid in hazmat suits back in 2014, but for the first time, we’re now able to see the testimony from one of the FBI agents who conducted the raid, and what he recounts is shocking.

He said he found a “cooler filled with male genitalia," "a bucket of heads, arms and legs,” “infected heads” and a small woman's head sewn onto a large male torso "like Frankenstein" hanging up on the wall, one of the most disturbing findings called a “morbid joke” in the lawsuit.

“Who in their right mind,” said Harp. “It’s absolutely gross!”

The lawsuit also says the bodies were cut up with chain saws and band saws and “pools of human blood and bodily fluids were found on the floor of the freezer” with no identification tags on the bodies.

“Tools that are not appropriate for dismembering scientific bodies,” said Harp.

Harp said his mother’s ashes showed up by mail on his doorstep shortly after the raid, but he isn’t sure they’re her ashes.

He said his mom and grandma wanted to help medical research after their death. He doesn’t believe they ever made it out of the BRC building.

“Do you feel like you’ve gotten any closure?” asked Arizona's Family reporter Briana Whitney.

“No. This is open, and I don’t feel like I ever will,” said Harp.

The owner, Stephen Gore, pleaded guilty to illegal control of an enterprise, and was sentenced to one year of differed jail time and four years probation.

Harp said that is not enough for what he did, and wants to see more federal regulation of these facilities.

The lawsuit against BRC is still open and ongoing.
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'Cooler filled with male genitalia' found in raid of Phoenix body-donation company
Stephanie Innes, Arizona Republic Published 9:00 a.m. MT July 19, 2019 | Updated 1:45 p.m. MT July 19, 2019


33 plaintiffs say Biological Resource Center lied to families and treated the deceased with a lack of dignity or respect.

At least four for-profit body donation companies are still operating in Arizona. Unlike the Biological Resource Center, they are accredited.
At least four for-profit body donation companies are still operating in Arizona. Unlike the Biological Resource Center, they are accredited. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

A head sewn onto a mismatched body, a bucket of limbs and a cooler filled with penises are among items found by FBI agents during a raid on a Phoenix body-donation business.

The now-shuttered, for-profit Biological Resource Center specialized in accepting the bodies of people after they had died, and in exchange offering their families free pickup of the bodies plus the cremated remains of the body parts the company did not sell.

Arizona is a regulatory-free zone for the body-parts industry. At least four body donation companies are operating in Arizona, in addition to a non-profit cryonics company that freezes people after they die with the intent of one day bringing them back to life.

An FBI special agent, during a January 2014 raid of the Biological Resource Center, stumbled on what he described as "various unsettling scenes." The agent's grisly eyewitness account of the raid was recently revealed in a civil lawsuit against the business and its owner, Stephen Gore. The case is set for trial Oct. 21 in Maricopa County Superior Court.


Thirty-three plaintiffs have sued the Biological Resource Center, saying the remains of their family members were obtained through "false statements," that body parts were being sold for profit to various middlemen, and that they were not stored, treated or disposed of with dignity or respect.

Reacting to the Biological Resource Center case, Arizona passed a law in 2017 that says body donation companies are not allowed without a state license. However, the law has not yet been implemented or enforced.

All four body donation companies known to be operating in Arizona are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, which the Biological Resource Center was not.

The Phoenix company was raided after a nationwide criminal investigation.

Efforts to reach Gore, who is listed in court filings as representing himself in the civil action, were unsuccessful.

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'Frankenstein' head observed
In his declaration contained in the civil lawsuit's court file, former Phoenix FBI special agent Mark Cwynar said he "personally observed various unsettling scenes" while inside Biological Resource Center.

Many of the body parts he saw were piled on top of one another with no apparent identification to indicate what bodies they came from or to whom they belonged, he said.

In addition to a "cooler filled with male genitalia," Cwynar testified that he also saw a "large torso with the head removed and replaced with a smaller head sewn together in a 'Frankenstein' manner."

Cwynar said he saw:

Large male torsos with limbs and genitalia removed.
Buckets and coolers with various body parts, including a bucket of heads, arms and legs.
Body parts piled on top of each other throughout the facility, with no apparent identification.
Steel freezers with frozen body parts inside with no apparent identification.

Court documents included a report from two experts for the plaintiffs that referred to a 2013 request to use at least two Biological Resource Center bodies for the purpose of "plastination for education." The experts said plastination, which is a way of preserving entire human bodies, should require separate consent because the preservation is more permanent and the bodies are often publicly displayed.

In October 2015, Gore tearfully pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal enterprise after accusations that he had provided vendors with contaminated human tissue and used body parts in ways that the donors had not permitted.
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I would say I sometimes worry about you but I don't. I do however sometimes grow concerned about those around you.

Always with the most sensationalist gory articles you can dig up to post.

It's like if you're not in a constant state of panic you dig through garbage and guts to find something.
This is the first 'gory' story you have ever seen me post so don't lie.

Sorry sweetie, I'm never in a panic, there's too much good still left in this world to panic about.
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