Here’s a story I thought many of you would find interesting. The Drew Mansion in the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville was abandoned and became known as the “haunted house” between 1967 and 1973. In March 1970, eleven students from Ribault High School ventured into the decrepit mansion on the evening of Friday the 13th. As described by the United Press International, “two negroes” barged into the home, one wielding a knife and the other with a sawed-off shotgun. They wanted to know if the teenagers had any “reefers”. When they were told no, a hat was passed around demanding the teens put their money in it.
The men picked out two girls from the group and herded the other teens into a bathroom, taking the keys of one of the boys with them. Taking the boy’s car, they drove the girls to another abandoned home where they were joined by three other men. The girls’ sweaters and blouses were pulled over their heads and then sexually assaulted multiple times. The girls were then driven away a short distance and released, and the car was returned to the Drew mansion.
Unbeknownst to most people at the time, there was a human head buried in the backyard of the mansion around this time. The head was discovered by two young kids who ran out to the street and notified two teenagers, who then called the police. The head was buried in a hole 18 inches deep. It belonged to a white male, around 50 years old, and packed in a germicidal bag which prevented decomposition.
It was reported that the head belonged to a body stolen from Duval Medical Center back in November. An informant told investigators that the head was taken by an orderly who worked there and would occasionally take their friends back there to go see it.
On July 12th, 18 year old Michael Tiliakus was arrested just before clocking in for his hospital shift and was charged with “dealing in parts of dead bodies.” Tiliakos had apparently known the man who had given his body to become a teaching cadaver and wanted to keep a part of his friend as the body would be cremated. He apparently slept with the head the first night before burying it behind the Drew mansion out of fear of getting caught.