Whistleblower Returns to Work – Finds Three Severed Heads & Sage Burning
Illinois whistleblower Dale Wheatley was greeted by a strange scene when he arrived at work two weeks ago and found a bunch of sage burning and three severed heads placed atop his desk.
Wheatley is a delivery man for the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. According to its website, the AGA “procures, prepares, and preserves donations for medical and scientific study.” The donations obtained by the AGA are “an individual’s body after death,” their website explains.
Mr. Wheatley believes the conditions at his workplace are substandard.
“The place is deplorable. It’s in shabby conditions,” he said at a press conference this week reported by the Chicago Tribune. “If you’re in there for more than five minutes, if you start walking around, you start to stick to the floor.”
In comments reported by Chicago-based Fox affiliate WFLD, Wheatley said some donated bodies had been returned to the nonprofit due to their poorly preserved and kept state.
“They’re sending donors back because of mold and rot, bugs,” he said. “There’s been instances where I’ve pulled donors from our storing room out of the racks, and rats have chewed through the bottom of the bag, through the feet.”
Wheatley believes the severed heads left at his desk and the smell of burning sage is retaliation for a recent series of complaints he lodged with his supervisors.
“My boss walked by; I asked him why the heads were at my desk,” he told WFLD. “He said they need to get back with their bodies so we can send them to cremation. I said I understand that ‘Why are they at my desk?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, Dale, there’s a lot of strange things happening.’”
The heads, Wheatley added, had an “obnoxious smell.”
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AGA’s Executive Vice President William O’Connor disputes Wheatley’s allegations, saying the group receives some bodies in poorer states than others and denying that Wheatley was retaliated against – noting that handling body parts is part of his job description because he manages the rack room where bodies are stored before being sent out in a van.
Wheatley and his attorney David Fish, have filed a series of complaints with local regulators to improve the conditions at the AGA.
“Mr. Wheatley believes that AGA should have, and utilize, a scale to weigh donors’ bodies to determine the amount of embalming fluid required to ensure they are not subject to premature rotting and shorted usefulness.”
“The embalming method requires that the bodies are weighed, and the weight is applicable to the formula, and we don’t have a weight scale at AGA, so the bodies are being eyeballed, the weight’s not accurate, and it’s leading to those conditions,” Wheatley explained to WFLD.
He also said his complaints concern the dignity of families impacted by donors and how their remains are treated.
“There are people that are in our cooler now that need their body parts back and they have been there for three years or more,” Wheatley told the TV station. “Right now at AGA, we have a number of remains that need to go back to the families, over hundreds of remains, sitting at our AGA right now.”
“This is the only thing I can think about,” Wheatley told the Tribune. “I can’t even sleep. Just the only thing I can think about, running it over and over in my head. I can’t believe this is happening.”
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