By: Kennedy Ryan for KTLA
CHICAGO – A total of 18 frozen human heads were discovered and seized during a routine x-ray security procedure at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
As ghoulish as that may sound, it turns out the heads were used for medical research in Italy.
They were being returned to Illinois for cremation.
According to the Associated Press, this practice is actually commonplace.
KTLA reports customs held the shipment in late Dec. because of incomplete paperwork.
The heads had been embalmed and were packaged in three blue coolers shipped from Rome on a Lufthansa Airlines flight about a week before Christmas, according to Tony Brucci, chief of investigations for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.