A recent photo of David Saunders and his wife, Elsie Saunders.
A decorated second world war and Korean war veteran who died of Covid-19 was dissected in front of a paying audience – without his widow’s knowledge.
David Saunders died on 24 August, aged 98. His wife, Elsie Saunders, tried to carry out his wishes by donating his body to scientific research.
But instead of being delivered to a medical facility, Saunders’ body ended up in front of a paying audience in a hotel ballroom in Portland, Oregon, on 17 October.
Spectators paid up to $500 a ticket to attend a session held by DeathScience.org and promoted as a collaboration with the Oddities & Curiosities Expo.
Body of decorated veteran David Saunders, intended for use in research, was main attraction at an event in Oregon hotel ballroom