Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Lots of Human Remains Found in Storage Unit

In what seems like an episode of Storage Hunters meets The Silence of the Lanbs, investigators in Pensacola, Fla., are trying to determine what happened to the 100 people whose brains, hearts and lungs were found in a storage unit, and how they got there. The unit belonged to medical examiner Dr. Michael Berkland until it was auctioned off last week. The remains were crudely packed in plastic bags, cups and containers, some cracked and leaking.

Tattoo on Body Parts Found in Detroit Sewer is 15-20 Years Old, Experts Say

Last week, contractors working in the Sterling Heights area of Detroit, Mich., found a dozen body parts in a sewer about 50 feet below street level. “There were maybe a dozen softball-sized pieces of a body,” said Sterling Heights Police Department Lt. Luke Riley. With very little information to go on, police are hoping a tattoo will help identify the victim.

Body Parts Found in Detroit Sewer; Police Hope Tattoo Will Help ID Victim

Contractors working in the Sterling Heights area of Detroit, Mich., found a dozen body parts in a sewer about 50 feet below street level. “This morning, they go down to begin their work and they get down to a large grate at the 50-foot level and they see the body laying down there,” said Sterling Heights Police Department Lt. Luke Riley. “There were maybe a dozen softball-sized pieces of a body,” Riley continued, “No arms or leg or torso — nothing like that. Definitely a Caucasian. We’re not sure if it’s male or female.”

More Body Parts Found in Missouri

After finding a human hand in June, officials in Jackson County, Mo., announced today that they have found a human foot along the Little Blue Trace Trail near Independence.

Body Parts Mailed to Schools Belonged to Magnotta Victim, Authorities Confirm

Authorities always suspected that the severed foot and hand sent to two Vancouver schools belonged to Jun Lin, the Chinese student brutally murdered by “Canadian Psycho” Luka Magnotta. DNA test results released on Wednesday confirmed it.

More Body Parts Delivered in Luka Magnotta Case

Even as Luka Magnotta sits behind bars in Berlin, his sensational crime continues to rock Canada — on Tuesday, two Vancouver schools received packages containing a human foot and human hand in boxes similar to those that delivered victim Jun Lin’s limbs to Canadian political parties last week.

Body Parts in the Mail: International Search Continues for Porn Actor Turned Murderer

On Tuesday, political advisor Jenni Byrne opened a package that had been mailed to the headquarters of Cananda’s Conservative party. What she saw shocked and disgusted her — the box contained a severed human foot. But that was just the beginning.

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