Human toes stolen from dead body exhibition | Sunday Observer

Human toes stolen from dead body exhibition

A dancing cadaver in a previous Body Worlds exhibition.
A dancing cadaver in a previous Body Worlds exhibition.

NZ, June 18: In a bizarre criminal case, an Upper Hutt man has been charged with stealing two human toes from an exhibition displaying human corpses and organs.

The 28-year-old appeared in the Auckland District Court before a Community Magistrate charged with stealing two deceased human toes from the Body Worlds Vital exhibition in Auckland on May 4.

The toes, which have been returned to the exhibition, are valued at $5500, according to court documents. The man, who has interim name suppression, is also charged with improperly interfering with the body of an unknown person.

A warrant for his arrest had been issued after he failed to appear earlier but was later withdrawn. The accused entered intimated guilty pleas to both charges and was remanded on bail to reappear in the Wellington District Court later this year.

Body Worlds Vital is a travelling exhibition of human remains that have been preserved through plastination, their fluids and fats swapped with plastics.

Dr Angelina Whalley and her husband Dr Gunther von Hagens, who invented plastination in the 1970s at the University of Heidelberg to teach students about anatomy, established Body Worlds in 1997. Since then more than 17,000 people have donated their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination, which also sends plastinated specimens to medical schools around the world.