Human skulls discovered at Stamford transfer station


These two human skulls were found Thursday at the Stamford transfer station. Police are trying to figure out where they came from.  Photo: Contributed.

These two human skulls were found Thursday at the Stamford transfer station. Police are trying to figure out where they came from. Photo: Contributed.

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UPDATE 12:45 p.m.

According to the owner of the Cape Cod-style home on Charles Street in Fairfield, Robert J. DiVitto, 89, the skulls were purchased by his late son, Robert Louis Divitto, for more than $1,000 apiece, from a website that sells skulls, skeletons and other anatomical items.

“He would have them on display in the living room, and I’m glad that they’re gone now,” he said.

He said that his son led a troubled life, and was beset by his own “personal demons.”

The son, 56, died of a heart attack on Oct. 15, and his father said that his health had been poor for years.

DiVitto said that he had no idea that the skulls were real.


UPDATE 9:25 a.m.

Police will only confirm this morning that the skulls were picked up by a commercial trash hauler and came from an address in Connecticut.

Stamford police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said while police were sifting through the area in the transfer station where the skulls were found, they also found books on witchcraft and Satan.

He said that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed through pictures that the skulls were indeed human. The skulls are now being driven up to the medical examiner in Farmington for further analysis, Hohn said.

“We are trying to determine whether they came from a grave robbery, if they were bought on line or something more sinister,” Hohn said. He said police are going to be following up their investigation today at the location where the skulls were found.



Police are investigating the ghoulish discovery of two human skulls found at the Stamford transfer station Thursday afternoon.

Transfer station employees said Friday morning the dried out skulls were found in a pile of trash brought down from a Fairfield home.

Vito Candito, operations supervisor for the transfer station said the skulls were spotted by a long-time transfer station employee at about 1 p.m. in a pile of recycled materials.

Police are preparing a press announcement of the discovery now.

Candito said that when he took a look at them, he called police.

Soon after about 10 cruisers came up to the transfer station to search through the load to see if any other human remains were there. He said only the skulls were found.

Dan Colleluori, solid waste supervisor, said the skulls came in a Junk Lugger load sometime late Thursday morning. He said the same truck returned to the transfer station in the afternoon and the driver, seeing all the police, asked him if they were there for the skulls.

“I said, ‘yeah,’ and brought them over to the police. I assume they thought they were plastic because they put them into the recycling,” Colleluori said.

Colleluori said the Junk Lugger driver told him they were cleaning out the possessions of a man who recently died in Fairfield and brought the load, that may have been mixed with some other Stamford trash to the transfer station.

Candito, who has worked at the transfer station for nearly 40 years said there are some odd things that have turned up at the transfer station, but this was the strangest.

Candito said he wasn’t able to tell how old the skulls were.

“I don’t know what a skull is supposed to look like. They looked like what you are going to see all over town tonight,” he said.