‘Insider trading’ is, according to investopedia.com: “trading in a public company’s stock by someone who has non-public, material information about that stock for any reason”. This action is unethical and often illegal. But what if the info traded wasn’t just juicy tidbits from inside a company? What if a group of people killed elderly victims and sold their info to the highest bidder? Enter the so-called ‘Skin Hunters’ from Lodz, Poland.
Back in 2003, a group of 4 healthcare professionals hatched a plot to make some extra cash – they’d murder a person under their care, sell their info to competing funeral homes so they could get in touch with the deceased person’s family before other such businesses, and repeat. This diabolical gang of 2 paramedics and 2 doctors managed to kill at least 5 elderly patients by means of administering a muscle relaxant called Pavulon, making between 12,000 and 70,000 zloty for each victim (3,000 to 19000 USD). Paramedics Karol Banas and Andrzej Nowocien were sentenced to 25 years and life in prison respectively, with the two doctor co-conspiritors, Janusz Kulinski and Pawel Wasilewski getting 6 years and 5 years in jail. They were also banned from practicing medicine. For 10 years (?!