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Head sewn in a 'Frankenstein manner': Court docs reveal new horrific details of Phoenix body-donor business

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jul 20, 2019

PHOENIX — Several years have passed since Biological Resource Center in Arizona shut its doors, but new court documents detail the hidden horrors investigators found inside.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Phoenix-based body-donor facility in 2014, after allegations that the company was selling parts of those donated bodies for profit.

Former FBI Assistant Special Agent Mark Cwynar's testimony says he observed buckets of head, arms and legs inside the building off 24th street and University Drive.

Cwynar also said he saw a "cooler filled with male genitalia," body parts piled on top of each other with no apparent identification to indicate what bodies they came from, even a torso "with the head removed and replaced with a similar head sewn together in a Frankenstein manner."

At least eight families say they donated their loved ones bodies to the facility for medical research, but are now suing the company and its owner, Stephen Gore, for mishandling their corpses, and failing to meet the promises made in their consent forms.

Gore pleaded guilty in October 2015 to the federal charge of conducting an illegal enterprise. He was sentenced to one year of deferred jail time, four years probation and ordered to pay about $121,000 in restitution.

Gore will appear in court in October to face several Arizona families who've filed civil suits against him and BRC.

This story was originally published by Nicole Valdes on KNXV .