This headline captured my interest from my home town: “17 human heads found at O’Hare; no foul play suspected.” It appears that the Customs and Border Protection staff made the gruesome discovery which may not be “play” but certainly are “foul.”
The heads delivered to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office were still covered in skin. They are likely specimens but it is unclear why they were not claimed. The involvement of Customs may indicate that these are imported heads. If so, it is not clear why our own domestic head market is not sufficient to supply this need and why we are outsourcing our market demand for severed heads. The other possibility is that an airline is shipping the heads to claim added head room in its marketing pitches.
This could also be a direct result of such added head room: