Horror Of Horrors

November 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Lima Province and Lima within Peru
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Markets in everything?

from Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen

 

A gang in the remote Peruvian jungle has been killing people for their fat, the police said Thursday, accusing the gang’s members of draining fat from bodies and selling it on the black market for use in cosmetics…

Three suspects have confessed to killing five people for their fat, said Col. Jorge Mejía, chief of Peru’s anti-kidnapping police. He said the suspects, two of whom were arrested carrying bottles of liquid fat, told the police it was worth $60,000 a gallon.

Colonel Mejía said the suspects had told the police that the fat had been sold to intermediaries in Lima, the capital. While police officials suspect that the fat was sold to cosmetic companies in Europe, he said he could not confirm any sales.

That’s from The New York Times, not The Weekly World News.  Medical “experts” express varying degrees of skepticism about the depth and liquidity of this market, but if you read the whole article you will encounter some truly graphic descriptions of the production process.  Caveat emptor.

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