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The son of a deceased woman has spoken of his disgust after the body donation centre that he gave his mother's body to sold her remains to the US Army who used it for 'blast testing', according to a new report from Reuters.
You might remember a story from the other day about FBI agents raiding a body donation centre only to make several gruesome discoveries including a 'bucket of heads', a freezer box full of penises and a woman's head sewn onto a man's body hanging from a wall.
Well, the Biological Resource Center in Arizona was entrusted with the body of Jim Stauffer's mother, which he had given to them after her death from Alzheimer's disease in the hope that they'd give it to neurologists studying the illness.
She died at the age of 73 more than five years ago, but they didn't give her body to neurologists. They gave it to the US military.
A matter of days later, Stauffer received a box that contained - he claims - the majority of his mother's ashes.
Years after that, Stauffer was contacted by a Reuters journalist who informed him that his mother's body had been one of several sold to the army and subsequently used to test the effects of explosives on humans.
Stauffer told TV station ABC15: "I'm not a trusting person, but in this situation you have no idea this is going on - you trust.
"I think that trust is what they fed on.
"There was paperwork signed stating what was and what was not to happen with her body."
He remains adamant that he ticked a box expressly forbidding the BRC to sell his mother's body to the military and other non-medical entities.
He continued: "She was supposedly strapped in a chair on some sort of apparatus, and a detonation took place underneath her to basically kind of get an idea of what the human body goes through when a vehicle is hit by an IED."
Now, he can't see a picture of his mother without remembering what happened to her.
He added: "I don't see a pathway of ever getting past this.
"Every time there's a memory, every time there's a photograph you look at, there's this ugly thing that happened just right there staring right at you."
Stauffer is one of 33 plaintiffs suing the now-closed BRC and its owner Stephen Gore.
Of Gore, Stauffer said: "He didn't care about the families, he didn't care about the people and he didn't care about the memories.
"If I can be a little small part of his personal financial destruction, I don't care."
The civil lawsuit against Gore is in court on 21 October 2019.
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