A Shocking Revelation: Tattoo Shop Owner Indicted for Buying and Selling Body Parts

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Matthew Lampi, the owner of a White Bear Lake tattoo parlor, was charged June 13, 2023, in connection with a cross-country scheme to buy and sell stolen body parts. (Kristi Miller / Pioneer Press) In...

A shop with glass door labeled "Get to the Point Tattoos." Matthew Lampi, the owner of a White Bear Lake tattoo parlor, was charged June 13, 2023, in connection with a cross-country scheme to buy and sell stolen body parts. (Kristi Miller / Pioneer Press)

In a chilling turn of events, the owner of a tattoo parlor in White Bear Lake has been indicted for his involvement in a shocking scheme to buy and sell stolen body parts. Matthew R. Lampi, the owner of Get to the Point Tattoos, was open about his macabre collection in online posts before his indictment. This revelation has sent shockwaves through the community and left people questioning the integrity of those they thought they could trust.

A Disturbing Collection

In a 2008 interview with an online magazine, Big Tattoo Planet, Lampi openly discussed his fascination with collecting body parts. Alongside his tattooing and designing skills, he revealed his collection, which included human skulls, a mortician's make-up kit, and even a customer's toe. These unsettling revelations shed light on Lampi's dark obsessions and raise questions about the nature of his business.

The tattoo studio's Facebook page further confirms Lampi's disturbing interests. Photos of skulls on display in the shop and a painted human skull with a cemetery scene labeled as "Post Halloween painting by Matt Lampi" leave little doubt about his macabre inclinations.

Connections and Deals

Court documents reveal that Lampi's interest in collecting human skulls led him to Jeremy Pauley, a man from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Pauley had been purchasing stolen body parts, including those stolen by a woman named Candace Chapman Scott, an employee at a mortuary in Little Rock, Arkansas. Scott allegedly stole body parts from cadavers she was supposed to cremate and sold them to Pauley.

The illicit trade between Pauley and Lampi involved a significant amount of money, with online payments exceeding $100,000. The two men, according to authorities, engaged in buying and selling stolen remains over an extended period of time.

A Sinister Transaction

One of the most disturbing deals between Lampi and Pauley involved the sale of a stillborn baby. Scott claimed to have cremated the baby at the mortuary where she worked but instead sold it to Pauley for $300. In exchange, Lampi traded five skulls to Pauley, solidifying their sinister partnership.

The extent of their transactions is shocking. From hearts and brains to lungs and even a set of testicles, the items exchanged between Lampi and Pauley paint a horrifying picture of their illicit activities.

Unraveling the Scheme

In June 2022, local police started investigating Pauley's sale of human remains and reached out to him. Lampi anxiously inquired about the police investigation, to which Pauley responded with reassurances that nothing had been proven to be stolen from a grave or morgue. Sadly, this insensitive response only adds to the unsettling nature of the entire affair.

The investigation ultimately led to the indictment of Lampi, along with several others involved in a larger scheme, including a former manager at Harvard Medical School's morgue and his wife. Cedric Lodge, his wife Denise, Katrina Maclean, and Joshua Taylor were all charged with conspiracy and interstate transport of stolen goods.

The shocking nature of this case emphasizes the importance of trust when it comes to our health and the wellbeing of our loved ones. It is a stark reminder that even seemingly harmless businesses can hide dark secrets.

Conclusion

The indictment of Matthew Lampi, the tattoo shop owner, for his involvement in the buying and selling of stolen body parts has sent shockwaves through the community. This sinister revelation exposes the dark underbelly of an industry that many consider to be purely artistic and harmless.

It is crucial to remember that trust, expertise, and credibility are vital elements in every aspect of life, including the health industry. This case serves as a reminder to always remain vigilant and ensure that those we trust with our well-being are worthy of that trust.

Let this be a cautionary tale, urging us to be more discerning when placing our trust in individuals and establishments. The pursuit of excellence should never come at the expense of ethics and human decency.


Mara Gottfried contributed to this report.

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