I’m sorry, but to me the most disturbing part of this story is the buckets.

APennsylvania man has been found with multiple buckets of stolen human body parts that he allegedly purchased off of Facebook, according to police.

East Pennsboro Township Police said that they arrested Jeremy Pauley, 40, of Enola on Thursday after making the discovery while searching his basement. Police said that Pauley is a self-described collector of “oddities” and was in possession of three full human skeletons and up to 20 human skulls, according to ABC affiliate WHTM. He was released soon after posting $50,000 bail.

The investigation began when police received a complaint on June 14 about human remains potentially being sold on Facebook. Suspicion of Pauley’s alleged involvement began after a person called police on July 8 to report finding multiple 5-gallon buckets containing “human organs” and “human skin” in his basement.

Why buckets? Is this a practical way to store your organs? Why? Can you do anything with them, or do you just go down to the basement to gloat over the random viscera floating in your buckets? I mean, I would at least want some classy glass jars, maybe a big vat with multiple organs so you can play with them and assemble them, but this guy’s process is just sloppy and pointless.

I am not at all surprised that Facebook is where you go to buy body parts.


  1. ardipithecus says

    I’m more surprised that I haven’t seen any ads for photocopies of classified documents originating from some place in Florida.

  2. mordred says

    Should remember this guy for the next time someone complains about my Lego collection…

  3. Oggie: Mathom says

    Jeezum Kroll, PZed. And you call yourself a scientist?

    Why buckets?

    Well, those food saver systems are freakin’ expensive. Plus, they are not always big enough. Sure, a spleen or kidney will fit, but were to you find a big enough bag for the biggest organ in the human body (well, actually, covering the human body)?

    Is this a practical way to store your organs?

    It certainly is cost effective. Those five gallon buckets are about $3.00. Sounds practical to me. Of course, large stoneware jars, like the ones for making sauerkraut, would be better considering what the organs will become if not frozen.


    Science is not about asking why! Science is about HOW. Like, ‘how can I get that grant?’

    Can you do anything with them, or do you just go down to the basement to gloat over the random viscera floating in your buckets?


    I mean, I would at least want some classy glass jars, maybe a big vat with multiple organs so you can play with them and assemble them, but this guy’s process is just sloppy and pointless.

    This guy is in Enola. Where Enola yard is. This used to be one of the larger Pennsylvania Railroad yards. Then it became one of the larger PennCentral parking lots. Then it became one of ConRails bigger yards. Now it is a medium-sized Norfolk Southern yard. And moving trains, especially on yard tracks (which are not as well-tended as mainline tracks) tend to transmit vibrations into the ground. So, over time, glass jars would ‘walk’ off the shelves and then you’d have glass slivers mixed in with your organs.

    Wait. I seem to recall a glass organ?

    Nevermind. Glass harmonica.


    Curious that Facebork won’t allow people to sell their souls on the platform, but allows selling organs?

    Yeah, I know this is potentially a serious situation. My mind, however, went all liberal arts and, well, there it is.

  4. nausetimages says

    How can I post/send a spider photo? This morning we have a rather spectacular web in the garden partly suspended from a tree. A large visitor holding court in the center.

  5. divineconspiracy667 says

    It certainly is cost effective. Those five gallon buckets are about $3.00.

    Yes, but those cheap buckets aren’t food safe. The food safe ones are $10 and up.

  6. Oggie: Mathom says

    Yes, but those cheap buckets aren’t food safe.

    Well, yeah, but unless it is salted, or pickled in acid, or frozen, refrigerated or dehydrated, the contents of the buckets would render the ‘food safe’-ness of the buckets moot.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    I get that he is collecting human body parts, that is perfectly normal serial killer behavior.
    But twenty skulls? That makes him a really social dude. He should start a club!

  8. divineconspiracy667 says

    For a while now, I’ve been wondering if it might be possible to get a CT scan of my head done and then commission a life-sized model of my skull to be 3-D printed.
    I’d keep it on my coffee table or on a shelf. You know, as a conversation piece.
    I think it’d be at least an order of magnitude less creepy than what this guy is doing.

  9. birgerjohansson says

    “Bloodbath At The House of Death” (1984) is a film comedy I think was also known as Buckets of Blood.
    It had Vincent Price, Kenny Everett and Pamela Stephenson, containing references to a bucketful of horror films.
    The above was a well-made film. If you want a real low budget splatter film I recommend Blood Diner. Uncle Anwar seems sorta cool.

  10. KG says

    By an odd coincidence, I have just got round to reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, after many years having a copy on my shelves. Maybe this individual was planning to emulate that famous scientist, despite the unfortunate results of his experiments – investigators should check his bookshelves.Though I have to admit, the process Dr. Frankenstein used is not described in sufficient detail to allow replication, indeed there’s not even a distinct Methods section – it would never get past Nature’s reviewers.

  11. Tethys says

    I found the photo of this dude far more disturbing than the buckets of stolen remains. He looks like he has permanently modified his entire head to look like something out of Mad Max. It looks like he has even tattooed the white of his eye to match the neck and half face worth of ink.

  12. cedrus says

    As someone who spent the Great Recession as a semi-skilled hospital worker…yeah, there are buckets. Where do you think the large chunks of human go when the surgeon is finished removing them? They go into an appropriately sized container, then they go to the pathology lab for any testing that needs done, and then there’s a whole ecosystem of research labs that will scavenge the leftovers. If you see someone riding the hospital shuttle with a bucket…now you know, sorry.

    I can also assure you that human meat behaves much like other meat when it’s forgotten in the back of a fridge. Worse, actually, as it’s not exsanguinated or treated with preservatives; it goes off quite rapidly. Either there was some embalming going on, or the cops wouldn’t have needed to look very hard; they’d have smelled that from the street.

  13. birgerjohansson says

    Tethys @ 16
    It looks like X- File chic. I am reminded of the episode “Homeland” with the inbred family.
    The original Norwegian black metal freakzoids might have approved.

  14. silvrhalide says

    Well, really, where else is he going to get the money to get the other half of his face done? Nothing says “I’ve given up on gainful employment” like a massive face tattoo and those skull spikes, to say nothing of (stupidly) permanently inking your sclera.

    Look, my vet buddy (Cornell undergrad, Tufts for the DVM) works in a highly prestigious [and lucrative] group practice and that dude loves him some ink. But at least he had the good sense to stick to torso and gauntlet tattoos. The kind that a long sleeve shirt will cover for well-heeled but twitchy clients.

  15. bcw bcw says

    So Facebook doesn’t just sell Faces then? Learn something new everyday. They really need a corrected name FaceBrainPartsbook maybe? I’ve been confused ever since Bluebook refused to sell me some cerulean.

  16. chuckonpiggott says

    Love this. I know where those places are. When I was in high school East Pennsboro was a school we played in sports.

  17. says

    This is yet another example of the Invisible Hand of Market Forces causing goods to be distributed in the most rational way possible without any pesky regulations.