In recent months, not one, but two lawsuits have been filed over Sunset Mesa, a Montrose funeral home that was allegedly also operating a body brokerage, where human body parts were sold for a variety of purposes without the knowledge or permission of the deceased's loved ones.Typical of those affected is Bobby Espionza, who learned as part of an FBI investigation that his late father's arms, legs and head had been cut off and shipped to different locations across the country.Sunset Mesa owner Megan Hess has not responded to interview requests from Westword, and the body broker business remains mired in secrecy. But one person is willing to draw back the veil on the shadowy profession.His name is Philip Guyett, and he was once among the nation's most successful body brokers. In 2005, he notes, "I started the only U.S. implant recycling business, named Universal Containers USA. I held contracts from the three largest corporate funeral home providers in the U.S. and Canada. ... I … [Read more...] about Confessions of a Body Broker
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click to enlarge Another Sundance Film Festival is in the books, with all the attendant buzz, Park City gridlock, celebrity sightings and good old-fashioned movie love. Our critics covered 75 features over the 11 days of the festival; here’s a roundup of that coverage. THE BEST OF THE BEST click to enlarge Sundance Institute Queen of Hearts Queen of Hearts (World Dramatic) **** Queen of Hearts is centered on an incestuous relationship and is far more explicit than fellow Sundance feature Imaginary Order, but tone is everything; where the American movie is crass and twee, the Danish one is serious and morally demanding. In a great central performance, Trine Dyrholm plays a lawyer who represents rape and family-abuse victims, and is the second wife of a doctor (Magnus Krepper) who has a delinquent son (Gustav Lindh) by his first marriage. The slide into incest isn’t exactly psychologically persuasive—how could it be?—but the dynamics of this very … [Read more...] about Sundance 2019 Wrap-Up: 75 Movies in Brief
There have never been more craft breweries in Western New York and, if you ask craft brewers, they'll tell you there is room for even more. Though overall beer sales dropped in 2018 by 1.2 percent, craft beer sales grew steadily at 5 percent, according to the trade organization Brewers Association. Although its once double-digit growth has begun to slow, craft beer has plenty of room to keep going. Comprising just under 13 percent of the market, there is a $111.4 billion pie where it can continue to woo sales from imported beers and the big, corporate domestics. The stronger the local beer scene is, the better chance its craft brewers have of fighting off juggernaut rival brands like Bud Light. If they can convert traditional beer drinkers, "We'll all be fine," said Tim Herzog of Flying Bison Brewing Co. Here's a look at some up and comers: Jamestown Brewing Co., 119 W. Third St. in Jamestown. The 20-barrel brewery will have brewing operations in the basement, a bar and restaurant on … [Read more...] about WNY’s craft brewing business is hopping – with much more to come
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Style | The Octomom Has Proved Us All Wrong Supported by Her children thriving, a onetime tabloid curiosity prepares to tell all. ByAdam Popescu Dec. 15, 2018 LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — The 9-year-olds have matcOctuplets. “Hand me the spoon,” said Maliyah, standing at the stove. “I’m already mixing the potatoes,” Josiah said. The children moved in unison, weaving around the tight kitchen and adjacent living room of their three-bedroom Orange County townhouse while their mother checked on their brother Aidan, 13, who has autism. One kid chopped veggies, one boiled water, one readied the silverware and on and on. “Be careful with that,” warned Amerah, 16, supervising while thumb scrolling. Twelve-year-old Calyssa was coloring quietly while the eight hustled … [Read more...] about The Octomom Has Proved Us All Wrong
By Robin Givhan, The Washington Post Published 11:32 am PST, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Hoops Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Hoops Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Hoops Is Edward Enninful the next Anna Wintour? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Edward Enninful, the new editor in chief of British Vogue, is supremely confident in both his aesthetic beliefs and in his worldview. In short order, he has upended a century-old publication, … [Read more...] about Is Edward Enninful the next Anna Wintour?