OMG Gross! A man in Philadelphia stole $350,000 worth of human skin.
First of all, skin is apparently super expensive.
Second of all, KRON 4 has the deets, courtesy of the AP: “Authorities say he worked until September as a sales representative for a regenerative medicine firm, managing accounts for the bioscience department of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. In that role, Dudek was allowed to order the skin grafts for the hospital whenever he wanted. Authorities said the hospital only needed a few grafts at a time. Dudek, however, ordered more than 200 without authorization from November 2011 through July that the hospital never received, investigators said. Philadelphia police said they do not know the motive or what happened to the grafts, which were valued at $1,700 each.”
Let’s assume that for the sake of argument, patients who desperately needed it weren’t affected by this guy stealing all the good skin. WHAT WAS HE USING IT FOR? I mean, if you are a crazy skin-fetish person, you’ve got very few choices when it comes to procuring human skin, so clearly, stealing skin grafts is better than the reenacting entire plot of “Silence of the Lambs.”
How big are these $1500 grafts? Where’s the skin now? Did he do something to the skin and then discard it, or is he saving it? Building a skin suit? Re-upholstering furniture? Eating it? I need to know.