Investigators searching a Detroit warehouse run by a suspect who has allegedly been selling human body parts discovered four preserved human fetuses. Arthur Rathburn has been accused of defrauding customers by sending them diseased body parts, according to Reuters.
The raid of Rathburn’s warehouse was made in December of 2013. The fetuses, which are thought to have been removed during the second trimester, were preserved in a liquid that also contained human brain tissue. Also found in the warehouse were rotting human heads.
The means by which Rathburn acquired the fetuses is unknown. Also unclear is what he planned on doing with the materials.
“This needs to be reviewed,” said US Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee who recently chaired a controversial special US House committee on the use of fetal tissue. Blackburn, who is a fervent anti-choice activist, was visibly disgusted by evidence presented in the case.
“The actions depicted