Brothers admit plundering corpses in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two brothers who ran a Philadelphia funeral home have pleaded guilty to selling corpses to a company that trafficked in stolen body parts.

Louis and Gerald Garzone pleaded guilty Tuesday in Philadelphia to charges including conspiracy, theft and abuse of corpse. The pleas came on the day their trial was to begin.

The mastermind of the scheme, Michael Mastromarino, pleaded guilty Friday to hundred of charges that could send him to prison for life.

Mastromarino's company took bodies from funeral homes in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and carved them up without families' permission and without medical tests. Among the corpses plundered was that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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