Skip to comments.Police in Peru Say Gang Members Killed People To Drain Their Fat For Cosmetics
Posted on 11/20/2009 10:35:40 PM PST by Steelfish
Police in Peru Say Gang Members Killed People To Drain Their Fat For Cosmetics
November 19, 2009 Gang members in Peru face charges of killing people and draining their fat for use in cosmetics, police said today.
Police showed journalists two bottles of fat that authorities said were recovered from two suspects and a photograph of a rotting head believed to be of a male victim. The suspects allegedly told police the fat was worth $60,000 per gallon.
Police Col. Jorge Mejia said three suspects who confessed to five killings told authorities the fat was sold in Lima, the capital. One suspect said the gang severed body parts and then suspended the torsos, collecting fat in tubs placed underneath, Mejia said.
Police named the group the Pishtacos after a Peruvian myth dating to pre-Columbian times of men who killed to extract human fat, quartering their victims with machetes, the Associated Press reported. The gang, which has several suspected members who are not yet in custody, allegedly operated in the Huanuco province, police said.
Several medical experts said fat has cosmetic uses, but the idea of an international black market for human fat was hard to believe.
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Shades of Fight Club.
I think the obese will be rendered under Obamacare as well.
Why did Michael Moore come to my mind when I read this article?
Ahem. First rule.
On the other hand, you’re rich.
Couldn’t they just have made arrangements with a liposuction clinic?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Just one liposuction away from retirement...
Lets see, 60K per gallon—I’m a rich man, Rich I tell you!
(Whew, thanks, almost messed up there! See you at the next meeting. Of that thing which doesn't exist.)
Oh, right ... this sounds a lot like the urban legend where people wake up and a kidney is gone.
New way to avoid excise tax on plastic surgery?
Budding Med School students for the new Obama Health Care System? We report, You decide!
I bet someone could make big bucks selling diet books in Peru.
That’s it I am cancelling my trip to Lima.
‘The suspects allegedly told police the fat was worth $60,000 per gallon.’
At those rates I am willing to part with at least a couple gallons.
Give me a month and I can make it three.
What, you think the liposuction clinic doesn't know about this? About a million years ago, I sold blood to a plasma clinic, and got $14 a pint. I thought this was a hard, but legitimate way of making some money. Then I found out the same clinic sells the resulting plasma for over $1000 a pint. I realized I should have just as soon as stamped "SUCKER" on my head, and never went back.
If extracted fat is really worth $6000/lb, I think it's pretty shameless for providers to charge what they do for a lipo while selling off the "proceeds". At the least, they could cut you in on the action.
You know, I thought the key to the healthcare debate was to get the nation hooked on prevention, nutrition, and exercise. Obviously, quite the opposite is true. Free liposuctions for everybody, with Uncle Sam keeping the extract!
“On the other hand, youre rich.
If they could do this safely and give me 50%. I would be on the next flight.
Shades of Nazi Germany.
Just when you’ve thought you’d heard it all.
I am worth my wieght in Gold!
Sign me up I am right behind ya buddy!
“Why did Michael Moore come to my mind when I read this article?”
Oh, what Larson could have done with this ;-)
They’re making a nice fat profit! But I’m weighting for some heavyweight to weigh in on the economic issues. I hear there’s going to be a meating in Peru about how to cut the fat out of this operation, and how to beef up sales.
Okay... I finally understand why Oprah and Rosie O'Donut are "worth" so much money.
Is that how Oprah got so rich?
He kind of did, steph.
Remember the one of a bakery. An ENORMOUS baker's sweeping the floor & looking rather sheepish as his boss mutters, "I'm selling more than ever, where're the profits?" ?? LOL
LOL! I think Moore might be worth $120,000.00
Once it became known the human fat was used for cosmetics, the next natural step occurred. Women who were paying for these cosmetics realized they had all the fat they needed, and simply needed to redistribute it to more useful locations on their body. Medical supply companies have noticed an inexplicable uptick in large bore hypodermic needle sales.
Fat cannot be “drained” its not liquid. Maybe it can be sucked out like lipo suction. Thats were they should get their fat from...doctors that perform lipo-suction..