Typing Incriminating Evidence in the Memo Field

Don’t do it:

Recently, the manager of the Harvard Med School morgue was accused of stealing and selling human body parts. Cedric Lodge and his wife Denise were among a half-dozen people arrested for some pretty grotesque crimes. This part is also at least a little bit funny though:

Over a three-year period, Taylor appeared to pay Denise Lodge more than $37,000 for human remains. One payment, for $1,000 included the memo “head number 7.” Another, for $200, read “braiiiiiins.”

It’s so easy to think that you won’t get caught.

Posted on June 27, 2023 at 4:36 PM17 Comments


Uthor June 27, 2023 6:40 PM

I did once write “drugs” in the Venmo field when I paid my cousin back for getting me meds when I caught COVID.

Hope they didn’t get tagged!

C Baker June 27, 2023 7:48 PM

And this sort of thing is why I’ve told my kids, over and over again from the time they could write, to NEVER write down anything you wouldn’t want to be read aloud on the daily news. I said that I’d rather they never do anything criminal, but for crying out loud, if they do, plan it face to face.

Petr Kadlec June 28, 2023 12:41 PM

Yeah, but as Matt Levine wrote in his Money Stuff:

But, look, I understand that advice doesn’t help. You can read Money Stuff all you want; you can know, intellectually, that you should not put evidence of crimes in writing, but when you get to the little memo field in PayPal or Venmo or your checkbook or whatever, and you are buying human brains stolen from the morgue, you will be unable to resist writing “braiiiiiins.” I get it! I am typing this advice, and I have seen the consequences when people fail to follow it, and I have absolutely no interest in ever buying stolen human remains, and if I did I would not use PayPal, but if I did buy brains using PayPal, I would absolutely type “braiiiiiins” in the memo field. “Welp, guess I’m going to prison,” I’d think, as I typed it. The temptation is so strong!

Clive Robinson June 29, 2023 3:39 AM

@ Bruce, ALL,

“It’s so easy to think that you won’t get caught.”

Fun fact, some “traitors” in the Five-Eyes, working secretly as spys for the KGB got away with it by the simple tactic of “not talking” and not engaging with investigators.

One such story that has appeared is about the Australian ASIO spy –now long dead apparently of old age– “Ian George Peacock”.


The alleged evidence against him is at best circumstantial, for a couple of reasons,

Firstly he was according to Russian records originally unknown to them and very cautious in his behaviours so they had to run their own surveillance for quite some time to identify him.

Secondly he always either refused to talk or denied it to ASIO and other officers. On one occasion vigerously so, in that it’s said ASIO officers tried to bribe him with a briefcase full of cash in a public place and he made a very loud attention gravbing scene and threw the money up in the air…


The truth of the matter is that nearly all involved on both sides are now gone, and with them their secrets. The dead can not defend, confess, or be free of accusation, as Shakespear wryly noted,

“The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones”

The only reason we know of Ian George Peacock is that, infamy lives long after death, far more than reputation in life…

Winter June 29, 2023 6:05 AM


Fun fact, some “traitors” in the Five-Eyes, working secretly as spys for the KGB got away with it by the simple tactic of “not talking” and not engaging with investigators.

The importance of “Don’t Talk to the police”[1] cannot be stressed enough.

Especially in the USA, a confession will likely get you convicted whatever the facts of the case. Also, if you listen carefully to the video [1], anything unrelated you say might be used as evidence you were involved in a crime, any crime available.

[1] Article:

Original Youtube:

Clive Robinson June 29, 2023 7:55 AM

@ Winter,

“The importance of “Don’t Talk to the police”[1] cannot be stressed enough.”

Or “anyone” for that matter… Including Information systems in general, not just faux assistants for which many appear to have “follies de amour” and treat them like “trusted servants”.

Back at the end of the last century in the UK atleast something like 80% of crimes that were solved was down to those involved “flapping their gums” in one way or another, usually for no reason other than to “big it up”.

Not long after that the Police found people communicating electronically were “biging it up” as well. The famous one was of a notorious car hijack/theft gang standing infront of the stolen vehicles or sitting in them driving…

You might remember “The Croyden Riots” in South East London back in August 2011 where madness prevailed for five nights. Around then there was the belief in certain lower echelon criminal circles that BlackBerry Phones were secure… Within hours it became clear in the MSM they were not,


The Met Police later providing evidence / information obtained from the network against suspects should have woken up people who were in less than lawfull activities…

Likewise it eventually became known that Skype had a “backdoor” added under it’s “Project Chess”, as the code was found, but by whom it was added is still unclear, but went in before MS took over Skype,


So it begs the question why did those in those unlawful activity spheres buy into the likes of EncroChat founded some three years after the Ed Snowden revelations and gaining something like 60,000 users who were it appears from press reports mainly part of “Serious Organised Crime”.

I could go on and list many other things, but I guess what is now comming out over the Capitol events,


Show many people are “not learning”.
Even how some senior Political people who should have known better have found their alleged right to privacy from FBI was not what they thought,


But seniors in Defence and Secret Service staff had their phones wiped,



And people still wonder why I use the “One Time Pad”(OTP) as an example of the only usable realy “private” pencil and paper “hand cipher”. Which also has full deniability against second party betrayal. Oh and why I also talk about why you should only use them on glass and similar surfaces using soft led pencils.

JonKnowsNothing June 29, 2023 9:22 AM

@Winter, @Clive

re: Talking about stuff

It’s fairly easy to determine who you are talking to if they are wearing a uniform or have ID tags (which can be faked) that indicate their allegiance.

It’s much harder to figure out if the is an undercover officer (official or private) that is part of your circle of “friends”.

Lots of cases of “betrayal” are from friends, who for one reason or another, become informants to your detriment.

We know about spys, and we know that spys become our friends; our best friends; the ones we trust, the ones we trust the most; the ones we trust with our lives.

It is trust that’s the weakest link. (Same problem in the tech field.)

One of the gloss overs of the Dec37 group is one of the “leaders” was on the payroll. Another is that the paymaster was also on another’s payroll.


Trust is an inverse function:

  • Knowing who to trust ~1%
  • Knowing who betrayed your trust ~100%


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Winter June 29, 2023 9:24 AM


Back at the end of the last century in the UK atleast something like 80% of crimes that were solved was down to those involved “flapping their gums” in one way or another, usually for no reason other than to “big it up”.

Petty/young criminals need to advertise their services. As they have to depend on word-of-mouth, they have to “flap their gums”. If they don’t, they do not get any business.

It is all very well for an established master criminal to get hired for jobs in secret, that is not feasible for any 20 something, or 17 something. They have to get their names going round the establishments. No publicity, no job.

ResearcherZero June 30, 2023 8:35 AM


Peacock got away with because ASIO was to busy running damage control. Hence why they have only told half the story. He kept hanging around military facilities trying to “pull” by telling stories of resentment over his “retirement”. A lot was kept quiet to avoid an investigation, and a frankly hopeless attempt to keep things quiet from partners.

After peacock’s “retirement” ASIO’s investigations didn’t improve much in the short term, or for a long time after, apart from the odd success.

The entire situation was not aided by rampant government corruption at the time within government, police and the legal system. A lot of dirty cash sloshing around in the system, which continued into the 90’s. Some of those jokers are now only starting to be caught up with, or rather their past is catching up with them. Many of the older crooks retired though with few repercussions (for them at least).

Run in with the bobbies

Phillip June 30, 2023 11:58 AM

@Winter, @Clive Robinson, @JonKnowsNothing

Yes, though as a precaution, get some forthright knowledge about where your local PD lies on any trusted corruption index.

Coppersmith July 1, 2023 10:01 PM

But why would anyone have an interest in dead human body parts? Except maybe some Satanists I guess.

Clive Robinson July 1, 2023 11:14 PM

@ Coppersmith, ALL,

Re : It’s not just gold in them there bones…

“But why would anyone have an interest in dead human body parts?”

Well it depends on how dead they are…

But bones can be used for bone grafts for quite some time after the original owner has died.

All sorts of parts are usefull for researchers if you died of some rare disease, as long as your bits are prepped properly and then preserved in some way they are worth money.

It’s said that an adult body is worth well in excess of $2million currently if you know how to “move it on”…

Randy Stegbauer July 15, 2023 1:53 PM

Re: NEVER write down anything you wouldn’t want to be read aloud on the daily news

I always told my sons…”If you’re going to do something stupid, at least be smart about it.”

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