SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two Las Vegas men convicted of misdemeanors in San Diego 11 years ago for orchestrating fistfights among transients and filming the violence for home-video sales are being sought for allegedly trying to smuggle stolen body parts out of Thailand, according to a Thai media report.
Ryan Edward McPherson, 31, and Daniel Tanner, 33, were detained last week by Thai officials in connection with the human remains, which the pair allegedly had tried to ship home to Nevada in boxes labeled "toys," the Bangkok Post reported.
After questioning and releasing McPherson and Tanner, investigators determined that the formaldehyde-preserved body parts -- the head of an infant, a baby's foot, a heart and two pieces of tattooed skin -- had been stolen from a hospital museum in Bangkok, according to the newspaper. By then, the two Americans had left the country, reportedly en route to Cambodia.
In 2003, McPherson, Tanner and several other young men pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of promoting illegal fights while producing a commercial video titled "Bumfights."
The DVD -- more than 300,000 copies were reportedly sold at $20 apiece -- featured disheveled homeless men who were paid to attack each other and perform dangerous stunts.
Three of the brawlers later sued the makers on grounds of physical and emotional cruelty, ultimately reaching confidential monetary settlements that also required the producers to stop selling copies of the video.
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