“Not for the faint hearted,” wrote one visitor in TripAdvisor. “Nothing is censored (which is great but gruesome!) Fetusus in jars were everywhere. … Pictures of injuries from car accidents, murders, and suicides were on the wall with a description in English about each one.”
“Body parts in jars (including heads cut in half),” reported another reviewer, “and as you will of no doubt heard about two whole bodies in glass cabinets. It’s grey but you can’t take your eyes away.”
“They look like Hollywood props,” Vice reported in 2012. (You can view pictures on the Web site if you dare.) “You have to remind yourself that they’re real — that they used to be in a tummy —and when you do that successfully, you might feel your stomach turn and the whole enterprise might feel like a horrible joke. But on most mornings something ‘educational’ is underway, which is comforting when you’re trying to convince yourself that there is some point to having all of these dead babies in a room.”
It was from this place, say Bangkok police, that someone allegedly stole, among other things, a “baby’s head, a tiny heart and a foot that had been sliced precisely into three pieces.” Bottled in five containers and packed in boxes, the thief or thieves tried to ship them out of Thailand via DHL.
The boxes were declared as “toys,” reported the Bangkok Post, and “the contents were revealed on Saturday night after DHL staff x-raying the packages prior to shipment reported they did not conform with the stated contents.”
A picture of the men looking at the yellow boxes suggests the police and DHL workers were pretty creeped out by the discovery. A policeman is pictured holding the boxes. The men behind him, in uniforms bearing uncertain insignias, are trying to peer inside without getting too close. Their faces say: “yuk.”
“Faculty dean Udom Kachintorn said the five bottles containing human organs found in three parcels consigned to an address in the United States belonged to the museum,” reported the Bangkok Post. “It had only just been discovered they were stolen last month.”
The Bangkok Post said police were looking for Ryan Edward McPherson and Daniel Tanner, described as the producers of an “alternative” film series called “Bumfights,” and another unnamed man.
Perhaps the only aspect of this story creepier than the museum of body parts is the existence of “Bumfights” videos. According to TMZ, these crude videos are just what the word suggests: homeless people, called “bums” in a less sensitive era, fighting each other. TMZ said these videos made millions in the early 2000s.
This is where the story gets odd — and a little cryptic.
According to the Bangkok Post, McPherson and another man were questioned by Bangkok police Saturday night. The paper did not say why they were questioned, but it must have had something to do with body parts, because the paper said the men told police they had bought an infant’s head and other organs from a flea market.
Though the men were unable to remember the directions to the market — and despite the fact there had been a theft from the body parts museum reported last month — police let them go. They reportedly took off to Cambodia.
Later, the museum reportedly discovered images of the same men visiting the museum last week, according to the Associated Press.
The Sriraj Medical Museum, meanwhile, remains open for business.