Posted: 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
By Rick Couri
David Charles just needed a way to gather some quick cash.
So he came up with a plan that may be hard to wrap your brain around, so to speak.
Charles broke into a building and made off with brains, lots and lots of brains. He then sold those brains and other “things” on eBay.
Charles knew the Indiana Medical History Museum is the former Central State Hospital.
From 1848 to 1994 the hospital looked after patients with psychiatric and mental disorders. Yes, the brains were mostly “Abby Normal.” (See the classic Young Frankenstein clip here)
Cops in Indianapolis had been called to the building on several occasions but it all came together when a man who bought several of the organs on-line alerted police who found and arrested Charles.
Charles has been charged with theft, marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession.
Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage is the executive director of the museum, she told the Detroit Free Press “It's horrid anytime a museum collection is robbed."
"A museum's mission is to hold these materials as cultural and scientific objects in the public interest. To have that disturbed, to have that broken, is extraordinarily disturbing to those of us in the museum field," she added.