Date: September 18, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: A chef on trial Tuesday for his wife's murder told sheriff's investigators that they couldn't find his wife's body because he had cooked it for four days in boiling water until little was left but her skull.
Los Angeles Superior Court jurors heard David Viens make the statements in a recorded interview with sheriff's investigators that was played in court during his murder trial.
"I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days," Viens could be heard saying on the recording, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Viens gave detectives the interview as he lay in a hospital bed in March 2011, after leaping off an 80-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes when he learned he was a suspect in the late 2009 disappearance of his wife, Dawn Viens, 39, whose body was never found.
Viens, whose injuries from the leap have him attending his trial in a wheelchair, said in the interview that he stuffed his wife's body in a 55-gallon drum of boiling water, keeping it submerged with weights and mixing what remained with other waste before disposing of it.
He said the only thing left was his wife's skull, which he stashed at his mother's house.
But a search of the house turned up nothing, nor did an excavation of his restaurant in Lomita.
On the recording played in court, sheriff's Sgt. Richard Garcia asked Viens what happened on Oct. 18, 2009, the night his wife disappeared.
"For some reason I just got violent," he said (Fox News, 2012).
Title: Package With Human Remains Found On Train Tracks In Virginia
Date: September 19, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Officials say a package containing human remains has been found on VRE train tracks near Burke, Va.
Virginia Railway Express officials say the remains were found on tracks on Manassas Park. The area was shut down and four VRE trains were stopped.
Buses were brought to transport train riders. VRE said delays of two
hours were possible and urged some riders on stopped trains to have someone
pick them up (Fox News, 2012).
Medical Examiner's Office Refuses To Release More Than 9,000 Brains Belonging
To New Yorkers So They Can Use Them For 'Experiments And Practice'
Date: October 29, 2012
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: It's being called 'the great brain robbery.'
New York City's medical examiner’s office has kept the brains of more than 9,200 deceased New Yorkers — from the elderly to newborns — so newbie pathologists can practice their skills.
The discovery comes after three families publicly questioned whether or not the city is banking the brains for medical purposes.
'Vasean’s organs were removed for ‘testing’ without any investigative or medical necessity,' charges a suit by the family of Vasean Alleyne, an 11-year-old Queens boy killed by a drunken driver.
According to the New York Post, months after his burial, his mom was shocked to read in the autopsy report that her son’s brain and spinal cord had been taken.
Brooklyn mom Cindy
Bradshaw was stunned to learn she had buried her stillborn son, Gianni, without
his brain. The ME kept it — though an autopsy found his death was caused by an
abnormality in her umbilical cord and placenta.
'Do they really want to know what happened to the person, or are they just experimenting?' Bradshaw asked.
'The death had nothing to do with the brain,” said her lawyer, Daniel Flanzig. “It’s unconscionable — and unlawful — for the Medical Examiner not to return it to the family for a complete burial.'
Others suspect organs are used as a training tool.
'I think they collect brains to allow a new neuropathologist to practice on various body parts,' said Anthony Galante, a lawyer for the family of Jesse Shipley, 17, who was killed in a car crash in 2005.
'When it comes to investigating deaths, the law gives the Medical Examiner’s Office broad authority, including the retention of tissue at autopsy for further testing,' a city Law Department spokeswoman told the post.
The ME declined to comment.
In November 2010, a judge ruled the city must notify families of seized organs. The ME began giving kin a form with three options: wait to claim the body pending “further testing” of organs; collect the organs later; or just let the city dispose of the organs.
The disposal method is not mentioned. But an internal ME document spells it out: 'Medical waste is incinerated. Please do not tell NOK (next-of-kin) that unclaimed organs are ‘cremated ...''
Under The Post’s Freedom of Information Law request, the ME gave a list of 9,200 brains and 45 spinal cords removed between Nov. 1, 2004, and July 1, 2012. Some 7,700 brains were taken before the notifications began.The ages of the decedents range from 99 to fetuses (Daily Mail, 2012).