FBI agents raid a lab and crematorium in Shiller park, outside Chicago. The Biological Resource Center of Illinois deals with bodies donated to science - sending cadavers and body parts to medical schools and laboratories for research and training.
Now they say they are under federal investigation for having business dealings with Arthur Rathburn - the former coordinator of the University of Michigan's anatomical donation program from 1984 to 1990.
Over the past few years, there has been a conspiracy theory circulating about the illegal trade of body parts. Noted Civil Rights activist and entertainer Dick Gregory has spoken at length on this subject and how the Black community is a victim of the trade. Now, further proof is coming forward that is beginning to lay credence to the claims by Gregory and other activists. Elizabeth Rathburn of Grosse Pointe, Michigan has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in a US District court as part of an ongoing investigation and criminal case. Rathburn and her husband Arthur Rathburn operated International Biological Inc., known as IBI, and are being accused of selling and renting human remains that were infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases to unsuspecting medical and dental customers for research and training.