Saturday, October 29, 2005
"When aging cancer victim Michael Bruno died in May 2003, his family hoped that after his funeral he would be able to rest in peace.
But now the death of Bruno, who passed away at 75 from the effects of kidney cancer, is among scores of cases at the center of a widening probe by Brooklyn prosecutors and police into a ring which allegedly trafficked in body parts.
Monday, Bruno's son Michael, who is executor of the estate, filed suit against a Brooklyn funeral home, a New Jersey human-tissue harvesting company and two men believed to be at the center of the funeral-industry scandal.
Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing the Bruno family, said officials have indicated that as many as 80 funeral cases are being reviewed and that as many as 30 bodies may be exhumed. A law-enforcement source said six funeral homes in Brooklyn are being looked at in connection with the probe.
The Brooklyn district attorney's probe centers around a Fort Lee, N.J., company, Biomedical Tissues Services Ltd., and funeral homes in the city.
The company is run by Michael Mastromarino, who personally performed the harvesting procedures on corpses.
His former partner, Joseph Nicelli, a former funeral home owner, is also under investigation, according to sources.
After Mastromarino surgically removed bone and tissue, the corpses were roughly sewn up with plumber's PVC pipe, inserted to fill out clothed bodies in open coffins, sources said.
posted by Sydney on 10/29/2005 06:15:00 PM 4 comments
why hasn't this situation been on national news?
By 2:27 AM, at
Not sure. They probably felt it was only of local interest, or they were distracted by something else in the news.
what about the funeral homes in rochester ny involved with this guy?
By 7:39 PM, at
My partner received recalled bone during her surgery and we live in Ohio! Nothing on our news channels until we called channel 10 here. It is an outrage that this could happen and be kept so quiet for so long.