Human fetuses found in luggage at Miami airport

This belongs to the WTF news category.

The AP reports from Miami, Mar 22, 2012, that customs agents at Miami International Airport found two human fetuses in luggage coming from Cuba.

A Miami-Dade police spokesman said the fetuses were found Jan. 30 in the luggage of two Cuban-American women returning from Havana. Customs agents spotted one fetus when they X-rayed a clay jar and found the second when they opened the jar. One was male and one was female.
A medical examiner determined both fetuses were about 20 weeks and both had been still born. No foul play was suspected. No charges were filed.

Searching for more news on this, I came across a March 23 Fox News Latino report that confirms my suspicion:

Two people with knowledge of the case told the Miami Herald that the fetuses were to be delivered to someone in Miami and used in a Santeria-like religious ritual.

The two women who were carrying the suitcase told U.S. authorities that they received the jar in Havana from a babalao — a Santeria priest — and were supposed to deliver it to someone in Miami. […]

Santeros sometimes sacrifice animals such as chicken and goats as well as old human bones stolen from cemeteries. The use of human fetuses is allegedly only used by some of the more secretive sects.


After I published this post, while doing my morning chores, I vaguely remembered that I had done a post on Obama’s mother-in-law being a Santeria practitioner. Indeed, it was reported in November 2010 that Moochelle’s mom, Marian Robinson, secretly had “an old friend in
Chicago” — a Santeria “priestess” — brought into the White House to perform a  voodoo “ceremony”. Read more about it here.

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8 years ago

what next…shrunken heads ? Only if the TSA can spare them.

8 years ago

I read this on Drudge the other day and figured that it was someone bringing the bodies to bury in the US. Boy, was I wrong, the article didn’t mention the babalao, it’s easy to come to a wrong conclusion when you don’t have the whole story…

8 years ago

This is so horrible and repugnant! God help us!

Alice Wolf
8 years ago

God doesn’t like ugly.

8 years ago

This is absolutely sickening and revolting, and a sin against the First Commandment and the Fifth Commandment.