Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Seized: The Strangest Pills in the World

Human Flesh PillsCustoms agents in Seoul, South Korea, seized thousands of illegally smuggled capsules. Shockingly, the contents of the capsules turned out to be the illegal and illusive dead baby powder, which some believe can cure disease and increase stamina. The pills, which are reportedly used mostly by laborers and hospital workers, came from China, and contained super bacteria and viruses, as well as dead babies. reported that, according to Korean customs authorities, “The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.”

The illegal pills were carried in luggage and sent by mail by Korean nationals, who purchased them for self-use, and claim to have been unaware of the primary ingredient. China reportedly investigated the existence of capsules made from dead fetuses and newborns last year and found no evidence of their existence. Korean authorities claim to have intercepted 35 instances of the capsules at their borders since then (about 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters). Representatives of China’s health authority have said that they will reinvestigate.

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