Skull of Human Child Up For Grabs on Craigslist
According to the Craigslist post, the skull is "missin' most teeth," and likely is that of a 12 to 14-year-old child.
We sent the seller an email asking for some details about the skull. He didn't immediately get back to us, but told ABC15 he recently bought the skull at a garage sale near 35th and Northern Avenues for $1. He's selling it for $300. He's reportedly had about 20 inquiries about his human skull.
We also sent Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump an email asking if the Phoenix Police Department happened to be looking for the human skull of a child, and whether it's even legal to own human remains in Arizona.
"[It's not illegal] unless you kill the person to get it," Crump says.
The website www.boneroom.com, a "natural history store," further clarifies the legality of owning a human skull:
It is perfectly legal possess and to sell Human Bones in the United States. One of the main sources of confusion on this issue is that prior to 1987, the majority of human bones for sale here and in other countries were prepared in India. In 1987, India stopped its exportation of human bones. Many US news sources phrased it as a ban on the sale of human bones rather than as a ban on exportation from one particular country with no effect on United States laws.
Once India stopped exporting human bones China took over as the main supplier of human bones to the United States. However, just prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China too stopped exporting human material. No other country has yet stepped up and material is much more scarce than it once was, but a decent number of bones from India and China still remain in the United States and may be freely sold.