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Man (23) stole human brains from former asylum and put them on eBay

David Kearns

Published 27/11/2015 | 11:39

David Charles sold the brains on eBay for $600
David Charles sold the brains on eBay for $600

A man who stole human brains from a former asylum to sell on eBay has been sentenced to house arrest for a year.

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David Charles (23) stole multiple jars containing brain and other human tissue from the Indiana Medical History Museum, once known as the Indiana Hospital for the Insane.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to breaking into the museum on several occasions in 2013 and said he had do so to sell the human brains on eBay for Halloween.

Charles was arrested in December 2013 after a San Diego man bought six jars of brain material for $600 and realised they were the same items stolen from the museum.

Investigators were able to identify Charles partly because he left behind in the museum a piece of paper with his bloody fingerprint on it, according to court documents.

They recovered 80 jars of human tissue following a raid on his home.

“Charles also stole items including an EKG machine and a baby scale,” said Anthony Deer, spokesman for Marion county prosecutors.

Last year university authorities in Texas disclosed that they had lost 100 brains from their collection of specimens preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

In 2009 it was reported that former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s brain had been stolen and listed on eBay in Italy, with an initial asking price of €15,000.

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