Megan Hess sold corpse arms, legs, heads, and spines to medical organizations.
The creepy family business was run by Megan Hess, owner of Sunset Mesa Funeral Home in Montrose, Colorado. From the heartbroken relatives of the deceased, she took a thousand dollars for the cremation of the body. She herself, hidden from them, sold arms, legs, heads, spines of corpses. Who would need such a specific product? Medical organizations, educational institutions. For experiments, training of the same surgeons. The buyers did not suspect that the “goods” were criminal. Because Hess sold body parts of the dead on fictitious donor documents through her other company Donor Services of hers. Located in the same building as the funeral home.
The dismemberment was carried out by the ghoul mother Shirley Koch. Sometimes the family sold whole carcasses for science.
The nightmare business lasted from 2010 to 2018. A Reuters investigative report put an end to it. Following the publication of The Crime Family, the FBI took over.
It was proven that over the years, the daughter and the mother illegally dismembered and sold in parts more than 550 corpses! More than 200 families received urns where the ashes of their loved ones were mixed with the ashes of other dead. “These two women took advantage of the vulnerability of the victims who came to them in a time of mourning and sadness,” FBI agent Leonard Carollo told the court. “Instead of supporting these people, these greedy women abused the trusted by hundreds of his victims. and mutilated the bodies of their loved ones.”
In early January the verdict was announced. Megan Hess, 46, a nightmare business owner, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. The court did not take into account the arguments of the lawyers that at the age of 18 Megan had a head injury, hence the “strangeness” with the corpses. Her mother, Shirley Koch, 69, received 15 years in prison.