Customers included co-defendants Katrina MacLean and Joshua Taylor. Like Cedric and Denise, Katrina and Josh were in it for the money. They were middlemen (middlepersons?), who resold the parts, shipping them to buyers in various states. Katrina, the indictment tells us, ran her parts business under the brand name Kat’s Creepy Creations.
That name is somewhat misleading, as Katrina didn’t normally create the products, instead selling the parts in the same condition as she acquired them. But the indictment does cite one instance when her creativity was on display. She shipped human skin from Massachusetts to Jeremy Pauley in Pennsylvania, where he tanned it, turning it into leather. Leather! Pleased with the result, Katrina compensated Jeremey with— what else? —skin.
Special customers merit special treatment. For Katrina and Josh, that meant private viewings. Katrina and Josh were welcomed into the morgue and allowed to pick and choose from Cedric’s grisly inventory.
On one occasion, Cedric and Katrina met in person for the sale and purchase of two faces--faces!--giving new meaning to the term face-to-face transaction.
Katrina’s transfer of human skin to compensate Jeremy for his work was an exception. Most transactions were compensated through PayPal payments that were meticulously documented. During a three-year period, Josh made 39 PayPal payments of over $35,000 to Denise, one recorded as “head number 7,” another as “braiiiiiins [sic and sick].” Jeremy made 25 PayPal payments to Josh totaling over $40,000.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted Cedric, Denise, Katrina, and Josh. Have they been charged with stealing human body parts? No. It’s It’s not even clear that stealing and selling body parts is itself a federal crime.
Instead, Cedric has been charged with conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen goods, Denise, Katrina, and Jeremy with conspiracy and aiding and abetting interstate transportation of stolen goods. Wags say that when his attorney said a defense would cost an arm and a leg, Cedric responded, “Fine. Where should I ship them?”
The case is United States v. Lodge et al., M.D. Penn.