Indiana Man Arrested For Selling Stolen Brains On eBay

stolen brainsThe thing about the brains of nineteenth-century mental patients is, you can’t help but collect them all. Via CNN:

The arrest last month of a 21-year-old suspect uncovered, police say, a macabre scheme to steal the brains of dead mental patients and sell them online. The suspect was peddling some 60 brains. And yes, amazingly there were customers.

Suspect David Charles allegedly stole more than 60 jars of brain in October from a warehouse space at the Indiana Medical History Museum, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said in court papers Thursday. He is accused of breaking into the museum and taking jars of brains and tissue from autopsies performed on patients in the 1890s.

Charles was arrested December 16 after authorities organized an undercover sting at an Indiana Dairy Queen.

  • kowalityjesus

    The combination of the headline with the “what did I do wrong?” expression is flat hilarious.

    • Andrew

      You’re assuming he’s the criminal who sold the brains. He could be one the victims who had their brains stolen.

    • echar

      I think that look on his face, is the sick feeling he has inside. Knowing that they are going to throw the book at him. He has multiple felonies over his head.

  • Reasor

    If my life had taken a different road and I had embarked upon a career in villainy, I think I’d still be too class-conscious to traffic in the stolen brains of the deranged from the parking lot of the local Dairy Queen. There would be a lair that your prospective brain customer would have to come and visit after solving a bunch of riddles, and possibly a Murder Maze for them to navigate…

    • Matt Staggs

      I know. It’s like something from a Coen brothers film.

      • Mr Grim

        The repeated failure of Real Life(TM) criminals to measure up to the standards of your average Bond movie villain has been depressing me for some time.

  • PrimateZero

    I think I’m less concerned about this dipshit of a criminal and more concerned with the fact that there’s a market for 19th century brains of mental patients.

    • PKYINK

      How could you think there wouldn’t be?

      • Mr Grim

        Hell, I never knew I wanted one… until now.


    I can think of worse stupid crimes. My last room mate called himself a “Tree Rustler”. He would trespass on private property and cut down historic cherry trees to sell to the Amish. He seriously didn’t see anything wrong with it. In his way of thinking, if whoever got really mad, he’d just plant them a new one and they’d be square.