The 18 heads found at the airport recently in Chicago have now been claimed by a crematorium in Schiller Park, Ill. The bizarre story began when 18 human heads arrived at Chicago O'Hare International Airport just before Christmas. On Jan. 15 the Sun Times shared the latest details about this strange yet intriguing story.
The human heads were shipped from the U.S. to Rome, Italy for medical research, and a paperwork snafu when they returned to the States led the story to gain quite a bit of buzz. The 18 heads found at the airport sat for a few weeks while the improper paperwork issues were resolved. The skulls were taken by the Cook County medical examiner's office this week, and now have been moved to the crematorium. Federal authorities are still working on confirming all of the paperwork, however.
Fox News notes that the 18 heads found at the airport were all human heads covered in skin and wrapped in plastic. While many wondered what kind of bizarre details led to this strange shipment, it is said that no foul play of any kind is suspected and this does seem to be a standard shipment of body parts for medical purposes, which would typically go unnoticed.
While a shipment like this with human heads may not be terribly common, it is said to be a legitimate shipment where the specimens were properly tagged and preserved. The fact that details emerged to the public that 18 heads were found at the airport made for an intriguing story, but the truth behind the details indicates there wasn't anything salacious involved.