Family Learns Their Grandfather Was Dissected at an ‘Oddities’ Event

Their Granddad, a World War 2 veteran, was autopsied before a live audience in a Marriott ballroom. Folks paid $500 apiece to watch.

A family who thought their grandfather’s body would be donated to science learned that he ended up as a sideshow for an “oddities” event, dissected in front of a paying public audience in the middle of a hotel event room across the country.

The body of David Saunders, a 97-year-old WWII veteran, ended up in the ballroom of a Portland, Oregon Marriott hotel, where people paid up to $500 for tickets to see a live autopsy in person.

The family discovered what happened to their grandfathers’ body only after an undercover journalist from Seattle news outlet KING5 attended the October event and spotted the man’s name on a tag hanging from his body.

Mike Clark, a funeral director in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, handled Saunders’ body after his death. Clark told KING5 that he passed the body to a private company called Med Ed Labs, which claimed to solicit corpses for medical research purposes. That company then sold the body to Jeremy Ciliberto, the founder of DeathScience.org, who partnered with the Oddities and Curiosities Expo to hold the cadaver autopsy event. Ciliberto said he bought bodies for this event for more than $10,000.

“We truly have something weird for everyone at our shows,” the expo’s website says. “All items you see at our shows are legal to own and sustainably sourced.”

No mention of ghoulish fraud and profiteering, I guess. Though the folks who popped for $500 apiece to watch are at least as creepy as the slimeballs running the show.