Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Alistair Cooke Body Plunder Gang Is Jailed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Alistair Cooke Body Plunder Gang Is Jailed

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Byline: ED HARRIS

THREE men who conspired to plunder corpses and sell body parts including the corpse of British broadcaster Alistair Cooke have been jailed in America.

The gang's victims said they had carried out a gruesome, greedy scheme that violated the most basic principles of trust and human decency.

"They betrayed us and they abused, in the most despicable manner, our family members," said David P Blatt, whose father's body was among those "harvested".

Michael Mastromarino, the owner of a New Jersey-based biomedical tissue company, was sentenced to 25 to 58 years in prison by a Philadelphia court.

Mastromarino, 45, had pleaded guilty in August to abusing corpses, forgery, theft and other allegations. He made millions from the plundering.

His Pennsylvania sentence will run concurrent with an 18- to 54-year prison term he received in New York for running the same operation. Among the corpses violated was that of Alistair Cooke. …

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