A Kentucky man was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in a scheme to traffic human remains illegally.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Nott was taken into custody after a police search found a wealth of human skeletal remains in his house, in a case which may be tied to the scandals surrounding Harvard Medical School’s alleged trafficking of human bones.

A macabre discovery has surfaced in Kentucky, involving a man who has now been taken into custody. Linked to a scheme trafficking illicitly obtained human remains, his home was reportedly teeming with skeletal relics. Nott’s connection to this disturbing enterprise was revealed after authorities arrived at his premises with a search warrant.

Questioned about who might be inside, Nott chillingly replied, “Only my dead friends.”

Upon entering the residence, authorities encountered a grisly scene. Over forty human skulls were dispersed throughout the home along with spinal cords, femurs, and hip bones. A notable portion of the skulls was found adorning his furniture. One was even lying on Nott’s own mattress, and another was found swathed in a head scarf, according to an FBI affidavit related to the case.

But the startling findings didn’t end there; investigators also uncovered an AK-47, multiple revolvers and an ample supply of ammunition. The warrant that allowed the search had been issued with the dual purpose of looking for firearms and trafficked human remains.

The latter concern arose after Nott’s name became linked with an ongoing federal investigation into the online sale and distribution of stolen body parts, sourced from Harvard Medical School — a bag from the same institution was found at Nott’s residence.


While Nott has been charged with the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, charges relating to the uncovered bones have yet to be lodged. This peculiar case has put him squarely in the crosshairs of federal investigators who were directed towards him by Jeremy Pauley.

Pauley, a compatriot previously charged in the same scheme, provided crucial information on the network to authorities. Correspondence between Pauley and Nott — using the alias “William Burke,” reminiscent of a notorious serial killer who sold corpses — involved discussions about the procurement of skulls and spines via Facebook, with PayPal transactions connecting to his actual identity.

Nott was allegedly still advertising the availability of human remains on his Facebook profile just a month prior to the search of his home. The network implicated in this case is expansive, including other defendants like Cedric Lodge — who operated the morgue at Harvard Medical School and stands accused of stealing and selling body parts from the deceased — and his wife Denise as well as Mathew Lampi, Katrina Maclean and Joshua Taylor.

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