Philadelphia funeral home directors Louis Garzone, Gerald Garzone and James McCafferty have been indicted for robbing bones, spines and tissue from 244 bodies. They allegedly sold the parts for transplantation. The three took much of the tissue from bodies that were unsuitable because of age, disease or condition. The directors falsified documents to make the “donors” appear healthy.
The undertakers allegedly stored the bodies in an alley behind Louis Garzone Funeral Home in Kensington, where much of the work took place, before taking them across the street to Liberty Cremation for disposal.
Two Fort Lee, NJ, men—working through a company called Biomedical Tissue Services—paid the directors $1,000 per body and brokered the body parts. More than 200 Pennsylvanians may have received tissue that originated in Garzone funeral homes.