Woman receives bone implant from stolen cadaver

Thursday, March 20th 2008, 9:28 am
By: News 9


An Oklahoma woman is speaking out after the man behind a body-snatching scheme confessed his guilt.

Michael Mastromarino pleaded guilty in New York to stealing bodies, then cutting them up to sell the parts across the country. Susan Fisher of Okmulgee says more than two years ago, she had a bone implanted in her neck. She later found it came from a stolen cadaver.

Investigators say the body parts sold by Mastromarino were never tested for disease. Fisher is now healthy, but says she's been tested several times for HIV and hepatitis.

"Every time I go back to the doctor, there is always doubt in my mind," Fisher said. "You're always waiting on that phone call that says, ‘wait, we found something'."

If convicted, Mastromarino could spend up to 54 years in prison.