Skull listed on Craigslist seized by Phoenix police
Skull of Human Child For Sale on Craigslist Turned Over to PoliceThe owner thought it was a fake, but Phoenix police thought otherwise and confiscated a human skull a Phoenix man had listed for sale on Craigslist.Mike Hale tells ABC15's website he bought the skull recently at a sale in north Phoenix.
Hale believes it is actually the skull of a person between the ages of 12 and 14.
Shortly after the story was on television, Phoenix police showed up at Hale's home and seized the skull.
Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos says the skull was taken to the medical examiner's office for obvious reasons.
Hale says he purchased the skull for $1 and listed it for sale for $300. Before the skull was seized, Hale says he'd received approximately 20 inquiries from people interested in purchasing it.
Freaky. So I wonder if he really bought it not knowing it wasn't a human skull, gotta wonder. And all for $1. Gotta tell hubs as he uses skulls, fake ones of course, for his the halloween pumpkins he makes with clay and paint.The skull of a human child that, until yesterday, was for sale on Craigslist has been turned over to authorities, Phoenix police confirm to New Times.
Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump told New Times yesterday that there is nothing illegal about possessing a human skull "unless you kill the person to get it."
Crump says the owner of the skull, north Phoenix resident Mike Hale, voluntarily turned the remains over to police after word spread that he was in possession of a human skull.
Crump wouldn't say whether police requested he turn over the skull, just that "[Phoenix police] have some responsibility to try to determine the circumstances around its discovery. It doesn't mean it's illegal."
Crump says Hale could potentially have the skull returned to him, "if he so desired."
20 people inquired, nothing strange about that unless he advertised it as being a human child skull.