FBI agents served a federal search warrant at a Kentucky apartment, they said they discovered dozens of human bones inside, some of which were being used as a fixture of the home.

As many as 40 skulls were found during a raid at the home of James William Nott Tuesday morning In Mount Washington, the criminal complaint explains.


According to the same complaint, officials allege that Nott has been a part of a ring of purchasing and selling stolen human remains, some of which link back to the Harvard Medical scandal that broke out recently. A long-time employee of the school, Cedric Lodge, had allowed people to come to the school's mortuary unit and allow them to purchase parts of the human remains that lay within. Within the home, FBI agents discovered a bag from Harvard Medical.

The complaint says the FBI was investigating body parts going missing from another mortuary, and the leads gathered throughout the investigation led the FBI to multiple people, including James William Nott.

The grisly discovery included hip bones and spinal cords which were being used as decor around furniture. They also described as many as 40 skulls.



One of them had a scarf tied around its neck, and another was found on the bed where Nott slept.

The complaint goes on to mark that an FBI agent asked Nott if anyone else was in the home, and Nott said "Only my dead friends.”

Investigators say Nott used the name “William Burke" to sell body parts on Facebook Marketplace. Some of the listings were as recent as June of this year. One transaction was between a man named James Pauley out of Pennsylvania, who Nott sent videos and pictures of the remains.

“How much total for the couple and the last video you sent plus the spines?” Pauley asked Nott. He then assures Nott he will be paid.

The Pennsboro Township Police Department was tipped off about the possibility of human remains inside of Pauley's home. Agents searched his home and found human remains - including some organs and skin, the documents state.


Nott was arrested immediately after the raid Tuesday and was charged initially with having a firearm as a prohibited person. Agents found multiple loaded firearms in the home, including an AK-47. They also found inert grenades and two body armor plates.

Nott served three years in prison after a 2011 bust caught him with a "mass" collection of destructive device parts, including parts for grenades and other propellants. He admitted to constructing destructive devices in that case.

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