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Police in Peru Say Gang Members Killed People To Drain Their Fat For Cosmetics
LATimes ^ | November 20th, 2009

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackmarket; blubber; cosmetics; fat; firstrule; humanfat; peru; pishtacos; rendering; soylentgreen

1 posted on 11/20/2009 10:35:40 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Shades of Fight Club.


2 posted on 11/20/2009 10:37:39 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Godspeed, T, on your fourth tour of duty in Iraq.)
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To: Steelfish

I think the obese will be rendered under Obamacare as well.


3 posted on 11/20/2009 10:39:31 PM PST by Rastus
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To: Steelfish

Why did Michael Moore come to my mind when I read this article?


4 posted on 11/20/2009 10:40:34 PM PST by PleaseNoMore
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To: Steelfish

I’m doomed.


5 posted on 11/20/2009 10:41:21 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 303 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Ahem. First rule.


6 posted on 11/20/2009 10:42:23 PM PST by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: null and void

On the other hand, you’re rich.


7 posted on 11/20/2009 10:42:55 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Steelfish

Couldn’t they just have made arrangements with a liposuction clinic?


8 posted on 11/20/2009 10:45:29 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Just one liposuction away from retirement...


9 posted on 11/20/2009 10:46:34 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 303 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Marie2

Lets see, 60K per gallon—I’m a rich man, Rich I tell you!


10 posted on 11/20/2009 10:47:15 PM PST by abigkahuna (Step on up folks and see the "Strange Thing" only a thin dollar, babies free)
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To: sthguard
I have no idea what you're talking about.

(Whew, thanks, almost messed up there! See you at the next meeting. Of that thing which doesn't exist.)

11 posted on 11/20/2009 10:48:46 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Godspeed, T, on your fourth tour of duty in Iraq.)
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To: Steelfish

Oh, right ... this sounds a lot like the urban legend where people wake up and a kidney is gone.


12 posted on 11/20/2009 11:12:16 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (GOP: Stop listening, start doing -- we need new leaders!)
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To: Steelfish
Is this just a Back Alley Liposuction?

New way to avoid excise tax on plastic surgery?

Budding Med School students for the new Obama Health Care System? We report, You decide!

13 posted on 11/20/2009 11:21:16 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Steelfish

I bet someone could make big bucks selling diet books in Peru.


14 posted on 11/20/2009 11:22:20 PM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: Steelfish

That’s it I am cancelling my trip to Lima.


15 posted on 11/20/2009 11:23:06 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Steelfish

‘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.


16 posted on 11/20/2009 11:25:29 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Marie2
Couldn’t they just have made arrangements with a liposuction clinic?

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!

17 posted on 11/20/2009 11:27:15 PM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“On the other hand, you’re rich.

If they could do this safely and give me 50%. I would be on the next flight.


18 posted on 11/20/2009 11:33:23 PM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: Darkwolf377

Shades of Nazi Germany.


19 posted on 11/21/2009 1:15:30 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: FBD; stephenjohnbanker

Just when you’ve thought you’d heard it all.


20 posted on 11/21/2009 1:18:31 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: null and void

CHA CHING!

I am worth my wieght in Gold!

Sign me up I am right behind ya buddy!


21 posted on 11/21/2009 2:18:01 AM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: PleaseNoMore; Landru

“Why did Michael Moore come to my mind when I read this article?”

Oh, what Larson could have done with this ;-)


22 posted on 11/21/2009 4:41:09 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: kittycatonline.com

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.


23 posted on 11/21/2009 4:54:26 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Steelfish
The suspects allegedly told police the fat was worth $60,000 per gallon.

Okay... I finally understand why Oprah and Rosie O'Donut are "worth" so much money.

24 posted on 11/21/2009 5:02:37 AM PST by PalmettoMason (Half Honkey.....ALL Donkey! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA! Mmm, Mmmm, Mmmmm!)
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To: Steelfish

Liposuction.
Is that how Oprah got so rich?


25 posted on 11/21/2009 7:05:36 AM PST by BuffaloJack (All Dictators have their Henchmen; the President just calls them his Czars.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
"Oh, what Larson could have done with this"

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

26 posted on 11/21/2009 7:40:22 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Landru

LOL! I think Moore might be worth $120,000.00


27 posted on 11/21/2009 8:22:53 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Steelfish
Peruvian terrorists dismayed as global medical human fat prices plummet. Recent news stories leaking the truth about the previously valuable commodity have created an immediate "gold rush". Once trading at $60k/bottle, traders are lucky to get five bucks for Grandma's old jar full of lard.

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.

28 posted on 11/21/2009 10:46:16 AM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: Steelfish

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..


29 posted on 11/21/2009 12:08:09 PM PST by goat granny
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