Wholesome Mother-Daughter Funeral Home Operators Hiding a Twisted Secret

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A Scheme Is Born

The year after Sunset Mesa opened its doors, Megan introduced her latest project, Donor Services. Hess described it as a "small, family-owned business" structured as a nonprofit. The premise of Donor Services was simple: Megan and her mother operated a non-transplant tissue bank—i.e., body brokering.

"It's for the good of the world," Megan said, "and I like to help people."

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Body Brokers

The pair invited individuals to donate the bodies of their loved ones, which they would then dismember and sell to medical labs. The state of Colorado didn't regulate body brokering, nor did it require a license to become a funeral director. From the outside, it appeared legal, but something much darker was going on behind the scenes...

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