June 27, 2008
Michael Mastromarino, a former oral surgeon who owned Biomedical Tissue Services and was responsible for a ghoulish scheme that involved stealing hundreds of corpses and selling the parts for millions of dollars, was found guilty and will spend 18 to 54 years in prison. The bodies were carved up without permission and were not medically screened. Oddly enough, one of the bodies that got carved up and butchered for pieces was that of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke. They were sold around the country for dental implants, knee and hip replacements, and other procedures. About 10,000 people received tissue supplied by BTS.
Mastromarino has admitted running the operation from 2001 to 2005 and pleaded guilty to charges of enterprise corruption, body stealing and reckless endangerment.
As the above picture shows, he was using PVC piping to fill out some of the missing bulk after removing organs and such.
June 9, 2008
Tiffany Hall, 26, (picture above on the left) pleaded guilty all five charges against her Monday for killing her pregnant friend, the unborn child and the victim’s three children in a plea deal that allows her to avoid the death penalty. The counts include intentional homicide in the death of the fetus. She was sentenced to life without parole.
Hall struck her friend Jimella Tunstall, 23, (pictured above on the right) on the head repeatedly with a leg of a table. She followed that by cutting out Tunstall’s fetus from her womb in a bathtub. Tunstall bled to death, and Hall then dumped her friend’s body in an East St. Louis lot. Some time later, Hall told police in Illinois she had given birth to a stillborn child, but when police arrived, she had the dead fetus with her. She refused to be examined at a hospital. The twiseted story continues . . . The murderer visited the father of two of Tunstall’s children and the unborn child three days later. Hall told the father that Tunstall wanted her to pick up the children and Tunstall’s vehicle. That was the last time he saw his children, as he told police.
Hall then drowned the three children (DeMond Tunstall, 7, Ivan Tunstall-Collins 2, and Jinella Tunstall, 1) in the same bathtub where she killed their mother.
Accoriding to authorities, Hall’s story began to unravel on September 21, 2006, about a week after Tunstall’s death, when she told her boyfriend that she killed a pregnant woman and stole the fetus. He reported her to the police. Police then found the bodies of the three children two days later hidden in a washing machine and dryer inside the apartment where the children had lived with their mother.
The murderer”s attorney, James Gomric, said he could not comment about her motive or even discuss whether she had shown remorse, but he did add that while Hall had been mentally fit to stand trial, she also had unresolved mental health issues and had an IQ in the mid-70s.
April 25, 2008
The girl who played Hilary Duff’s BFF on the hit show “Lizzie McGuire” pled guilty to possession of crystal meth last year — but managed to keep the whole thing under wraps.
Lalaine Vergara Paras, who played Miranda Sanchez on the Disney Channel show, was popped back in July and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. But before the plea there was lots of drama. Paras was a no-show for a court appearance and the judge issued a $50,000 bench warrant for her arrest — but it was recalled when she showed up in February.
Paras pled guilty to the crystal meth charge, but her record will be expunged when she completes a drug-treatment program. She’s enrolled in the Asian American Drug Abuse Program.
Calls to Lalaine’s reps were not returned.
This was found @ TMZ.com