Man convicted of cutting up corpses

April 28, 2008 3:05:15 PM PDT
A judge has convicted a man accused of secretly cutting up corpses - including that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke - as part of a multimillion-dollar body parts scheme. Chris Aldorasi was found guilty on Monday of enterprise corruption and other criminal counts at a trial in Brooklyn. The defendant, who chose to have a judge hear his case instead of a jury, faces up to 25 years in prison on the most serious charges.

Prosecutors had alleged that Aldorasi and other so-called "cutters," working in tandem with unscrupulous funeral parlor owners, took the parts without family permission, then sold them for use in transplants and other medical procedures.

Michael Mastromarino, the scheme's ringleader, pleaded guilty earlier this year. He has admitted that he didn't get consent for any of the hundreds of bodies he plundered.