Organlegging nurse sold diseased corpsemeat for dental implants, knees and disks


23 Responses to “Organlegging nurse sold diseased corpsemeat for dental implants, knees and disks”

  1. Hamish Grant says:

    Readers interested in the illegal trade in tissue, bone and other valuable body parts should check out Annie Cheney’s terrific book on the subject, “The Body Brokers:Inside America’s Underground Trade in Human Remains” (available at the usual online outlets)… I read it last year and I just could not believe what some people get up to when they’re given the charge of human remains as part of their occupation.

  2. velocity girl says:

    Here’s a good little radio documentary from the CBC on the subject that you can read or listen to:

  3. Anaxaforminges says:

    As someone who might get a disc replacement soon, this story horrifies me. This woman should be shot. And what the hell are funeral directors selling bodies for? Isn’t that illegal?

  4. Takuan says:

    thank the gods religious idiots block stem cell research

  5. WatchfulBabbler says:

    This case was broken back in 2006. The former oral surgeon was the ringleader — he ended up with a Demerol addiction and without his medical license, so he became chief organlegger for RTI, a major tissue bank. (RTI claims they had no idea what he was up to.) Cruceta was the nurse, joining up after his wife lost her job post-9/11. The whole team would take corpses destined for the crematorium and use them for organ donations. Interestingly, one of their, er, donors was Alistair Cooke.

  6. Takuan says:

    an organ donation system that requires you to opt OUT would solve all this – and more

  7. WatchfulBabbler says:

    ‘Ere we go: good article on the whole ugly business.

  8. Stefan Jones says:

    This story has been the basis of a “Law and Order” episode. DUHM-DUHM!

    You know, you couldn’t come up with a better name for an corpse-raiding bio-fraudster than Mastromarino if you tried.

  9. flipa says:

    Not exactly an “oral surgeon-turned-nurse-turned-organlegger” – the story talks about a nurse, Lee Cruceta, and a former oral surgeon, Michael Mastromarino. It looks like BB got these two mixed up.

    Also, neither one of these is a woman, like the first commenter assumes.

  10. mdhatter says:

    I can has unicorn?

  11. Antinous says:

    I love it when you say corpsemeat. I had a (totally unnecessary) aortic angiogram four years ago and they plugged my groin incision with a hunk of former human. It works really well, but it’s weird having a piece of cadaver in your leg. I wonder if it was a voluntary donation.

  12. orville says:

    It’s worse when the parts are coming from a living, breathing, adorable bear who just wanted to make some quick cash: -

  13. Irene Delse says:

    Wow, this sounds awfully like a “Bones” episode. I think the title was “The graft in the girl”. Creepy.

  14. ill lich says:

    The phrase “Whatever the market will bear” comes to mind.

  15. Stefan Jones says:

    #8: No, sorry. The unicorn died and . . . well, you don’t want to know what they did with her horn.

    Let’s just say Dick Cheney’s new dentures sure are golden and shiny.

  16. thebonobo says:

    A quick scan of the global organ trade:

  17. EdT. says:

    Was I the only one who had to Google “organlegger”? Okay, it seems obvious NOW (kind of like bootlegger, but with, umm, organs).

  18. Fnarf says:

    That doesn’t make any sense. Bootleggers don’t bootleg boots.

  19. cycle23 says:

    I’m pretty sure it meant you hid booze in your boot-leg. Maybe Cory means they hid tissue in their own organs. Or had piano keys for toes. Give him a break, he lives in UK sometimes. Their English SUCKS. I expect my comment on the nanny state to be edited by BB’s own nanny state. This site used to be cool. Like when tkblog was hot.

  20. eap says:

    Glad I didn’t go with the cadaver graft for my last knee surgery.

  21. Cheqyr says:

    Larry Niven used the term “organlegger” in his fiction to mean just this sort of activity. I’m sure a number of writers (like Cory) would have learned it from him, if nowhere else.

  22. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Yup. SF’s had that word for decades.

  23. BubblesUp says:

    For me, the scariest part is that I went to parochial grammar school with this guy. I didn’t realize it was him until a friend pointed it out. You never know where people will go with their lives…

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