LOUISVILLE, KY. (WAVE/Gray News) – When FBI agents served a federal search warrant at a Kentucky apartment, they said they discovered dozens of human bones inside, some of which were being used as furniture.
As many as 40 skulls were found during a raid at James William Nott’s home Tuesday morning in Mount Washington, according to the criminal complaint.
WAVE News Troubleshooters broke the story about the raid while continuing to confirm details about suspected human remains. That confirmation came Wednesday morning, hours before Nott was to have a detention hearing on his recent arrest.
According to the complaint, Nott was part of a ring of purchasing and selling stolen human remains, some of which were tied back to the Harvard Medical scandal, which the FBI also recently busted. A Harvard medical bag was found in Nott’s home.
The complaint says the FBI was investigating body parts going missing from a mortuary. The leads gathered during the investigation led FBI agents to several players, including Nott.
The grisly discovery included hip bones and spinal cords which were being used as decorations around furniture. They also described as many as 40 skulls. One of them had a scarf tied around its neck, and another was found on the bed where Nott slept, agents said.
The complaint goes on to say that when an FBI agent asked Nott if anyone else was inside the apartment, Nott replied, “Only my dead friends.”
Investigators say Nott used the name “William Burke” on Facebook to sell the items. Some posts were as recent as June 2023, the documents state. In one transaction with a person named Jeremy Pauley out of Pennsylvania, Nott sent videos and pictures of the remains.
“How much total for the couple and the last video you sent plus the spines?” Pauley