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  • July 1986 a grocery store co founder from Mount Vernon, New York, named Anthony Piracy bit the dust.

  • Nothing was suspicious about the death.

  • The man was 83.

  • He'd had what you call a good run, but Mr Paris's family and friends were about to be hit with a second wave of grief.

  • His body was taken to Yan'an Tono funeral home in Mount Vernon to be stored while funeral preparations were underway Only when staff opened the casket so they could prepare his body for the big day.

  • Paris looked rather under the weather, even for a dead man.

  • His head was missing.

  • The police were called, of course, and they were pretty much stumped as to where the head had gone.

  • The county assistant district attorney said the case was too grisly to speculate, but his first thoughts were that the crime was the work of a cult or perhaps your everyday madman.

  • The deputy medical examiner said it looked like he'd been performed by professionals since the head had been cut clean off with what he thought were surgical tools.

  • He also said other parts of the poor Parrish's body had been mutilated, although he didn't expand on that.

  • Police were absolutely flummoxed.

  • They'd never heard anything like it.

  • And when they tried to find similar cases of it happening in the U.

  • S.

  • That came up empty handed.

  • I've never seen or heard anything like it in all my years as a policeman.

  • One of them said it was a mystery, and it remains a mystery to this day.

  • What would someone want with the head of a dead man?

  • Well, after you heard the demented stories in today's show, we're sure you'll have some of your own theories as to what happened to that old man's noggin.

  • Number three.

  • The Harvester.

  • Okay, so you all know organs from dead people can be transplanted.

  • But did you know that body tissue is also very useful?

  • For instance, there are people in this world that needs skin, Others require bones, and some might need ligaments or valves from the heart.

  • Nothing needs to go to waste when it comes to the human body were all transferrable to some degree.

  • While organs often get the spotlight when it comes to donations, tissue donation is also very important.

  • A person named Michael Mastromarino understood this very well.

  • He was also aware that there was a lot of money to be made selling body tissue.

  • He'd been a dentist in the past, but after getting addicted to drugs and using those drugs while working on people's teeth, he lost his license.

  • He had ideas, though, and that was to become what you might call a harvester.

  • First, you need to know the rules about this lucrative business.

  • Obviously, you can't just start clipping bits off a dead people if you don't have permission from the family or the persons closest friends.

  • Even if permission is given, the harvesting has to take place within 15 hours after the person has died.

  • Two more things.

  • The person can't have died at two old in age and the big thing, the biggest thing.

  • The dead person can't have any diseases he or she could pass on.

  • As we said, this is big business.

  • But there just aren't enough donors to meet the needs of people who require some help.

  • So what did Master Marino do?

  • He started what looked like a legit company called the Biomedical Tissue Services.

  • He also got in touch with scores of funeral homes in New York and Pennsylvania.

  • He paid them each 1000 bucks for access to bodies, and he hired people to go to the harvesting when the new bodies came in.

  • As for the rules, he forged consent forms from families as well as forged the age of death and the cause of death.

  • If the bodies weren't safe to use, his staff also sometimes waited too long, so they were harvesting from bodies that were in a two advanced state of decomposition.

  • Worse than that, they sometimes knowingly took body parts and tissue from cadavers that were riddled with disease.

  • This would have disastrous consequences For a few years.

  • Things were going well for the Body Snatchers and Mr Master Marino made a few million bucks.

  • He was so rich that he bought a mansion in New Jersey and even installed heaters under the driveway.

  • Because shoveling snow was a poor person's thing.

  • You might now be thinking what could possibly go wrong when diseased tissues transplanted to healthy people, some of the dead that were used in the business were carrying HIV, others various cancer.

  • In fact, one of the bodies that was harvested was that of British journalist Alastair cook for 1000 bucks master.

  • Marino's company took his arms and legs, even though Cook had died of cancer.

  • They didn't have the permission, of course, and so it was bone theft.

  • They also changed the age of death from 95 to 85.

  • For some people, their transplant changed their life, but not in a good way.

  • One woman experienced septic shock and became paralyzed after receiving tissue from this terrible company.

  • Another person developed hepatitis C as well as HIV and another contracted syphilis.

  • In 2000 and eight, aged 44 Master Marina was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison.

  • Five years later, he died in prison from bone cancer.

  • And if you think that's bad, well, stranger things have happened.

  • Number two, the bad funeral director.

  • We'd like to think that all funeral directors are salt of the Earth types.

  • After all, they soften the grief of mourning families, and they make it their objective to always ensure bodies look good for their big day in the casket.

  • We guess a fitting proverb here is there's always a bad apple on every tree.

  • Okay, so the date was August 1st 1999 and a man named Mark Villela heard something that put him into a rage.

  • His wife actually told him she was going to leave him and take their 18 month old son with her Mark.

  • Being a trusted funeral director, he might assume, would have been reasonable.

  • But this man was far from reasonable.

  • Before we tell you what happened after that, you need to know that the couple had been in a stormy relationship for many years.

  • Mark was an obsessive and jealous man, and his insecurities led him to being abusive.

  • On many occasions, he was so distrusting, in fact, that at times he would stake out his wife while sitting in his car.

  • Once, while watching her from a distance, he saw her walking to work with another man, merely chatting with the guy for that.

  • When his wife got home, Mark stripped off her clothes and pushed her outside the house.

  • Another time, he kept her hostage in the house, even when police demanded he opened the door.

  • Not surprising, actually left him not long after that, but always she took him back.

  • This was her fatal mistake.

  • Two years later, after putting up with his violence and childish ways.

  • For too long, she said, she was leaving him for good.

  • A few days later, her family reported her missing.

  • Soon the cops turned up at Mark's funeral home in Orange City, Florida He pretended to be busy with his embalming, but he said he was also feeling distraught, since his wife had walked out and hadn't called.

  • The cops seemed suspicious.

  • Looking around at all the fridges and caskets, something didn't ring true here, one of the cops would later say it was a very convenient setup.

  • That's because actually was literally chilling.

  • Inside.

  • One of the fridge is that night, when she said she was going to leave him for good.

  • Mark waited until she fell asleep, then stabbed her through her heart with a steak knife.

  • He took her body to work within the next morning.

  • The question is, how did he get rid of the body Marks?

  • Story was that he'd taken some over the counter sleep medications the night his wife went missing, and when he woke up, she was gone.

  • Cops started investigating and heard from actually is friends about how Mark called her constantly to check up on her and even followed her around secretly.

  • One of actually is best friends told investigators that Mark even made her give him a ticket stubs and receipts to prove she'd been out with her friends and not another man.

  • The cop put two and two together and got four.

  • Here was a jealous maniac with a history of violence, and hey, it's almost always family and friends that are behind the murder.

  • Then Mark added to the story, saying the two had fought over her, wanting another kid in that she sometimes came home drunk.

  • He told the cops they'd agreed to go to counseling at a local church.

  • After that, she cooked meat loaf and he went out to buy her some roses.

  • He then took a nap and woke up later that night to meatloaf in the fridge and a missing lover.

  • Uh huh.

  • Her car was in the driveway.

  • Her keys were in the house, as was her beloved son.

  • The cops wasted no time in going to the funeral home, but there was no evidence that actually had died there or was being stored there.

  • The cops looked at what funerals had been performed over the last week or so, and they wondered if two bodies could be put inside a casket, which would usually be impossible.

  • But then they discovered that a tiny 89 year old woman had recently been buried.

  • On top of that.

  • The funeral wasn't the open casket kind.

  • The police confronted Mark about this, and they told him they were going to Exume.

  • That little old lady Mark, then cracked and told him his wife was in that casket to underneath the old woman and separated with a white sheet of plastic.

  • He said he killed his wife in a fit of anger and then went to work in the morning to get his van.

  • He then returned home, collected her body and took it to the funeral home.

  • He said he didn't want to pay for a divorce or give her custody of the child.

  • His crime got him 30 years in prison.

  • Okay, so this last one is utterly crazy, yet strangely heartwarming.

  • At the same time, number one Good Deeds and Dead Babies, Robert B.

  • Winston Jr was described as a pillar of the community by those who knew him.

  • He once said this.

  • I spent my life trying to do what's right.

  • This is a man who a local pastor said, helped everyone in town.

  • If you had no money, food, Winston was always there to help.

  • He made my car payment so I wouldn't lose it.

  • He'd help you, but I wouldn't let you help him, said that Pastor.

  • So then, how did Mr Winston's life become a veritable American horror story?

  • First, you should know that this man was a war veteran.

  • After quitting the Army, he went to work at U S Steel's Claritin.

  • Coke works as an electrician.

  • So far, so good.

  • But during that time at the steelworks, he developed asbestosis, a debilitating lung disease that can happen after being exposed to asbestos.

  • The good news was a few years later, he settled the lawsuit with the company and received a handsome check for $305,000.

  • With that cash, he decided it was time to get into the funeral home business.

  • He studied and later got all the required licenses and was good to go, according to Odell Robinson, funeral Home, where he did his internship.

  • He was totally dedicated to the job at hand.

  • He was reliable and loved the work, not to mention just as everyone else said.

  • He was a really nice fella.

  • Soon after the internship, Winston used the rest of his windfall to buy Galati funeral home in a city in southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • The trouble was, this man with a good heart was surrounded by people who were down on their luck in facing hard times.

  • Almost 40% of them couldn't pay for their family members funeral, although good old Winston put their debt on a tab.

  • They didn't pay him back, though, and soon Winston was over $300,000 in debt himself.

  • The creditors were after him, and he wasn't sure what to do.

  • By the year 2000, he was in a financial dire straits.

  • As for those people he helped, they'd crossed the street when they saw him here will invoke another proverb.

  • No good deed goes unpunished.

  • The backfiring of Winston's good deeds lead to a catastrophe of the darkest kind.

  • He figured out that one way he could get a bit of cash was by cremating the bodies of deceased newborns and fetuses.

  • He had a deal with the local hospital, so when the time came, he went to the hospital, picked up the body or fetus and cremated it back at his funeral home.

  • The trouble was, all the cash you got from that went to other expenses and paying off debts.

  • At one point, he just stopped cremating the bodies and stored them at the funeral home.

  • That saved him a ton of cash.

  • But in his own words, I was robbing Peter to pay Paul.

  • Then the worst happened.

  • It turned out that he had broken a state regulation regarding selling prearranged funerals.

  • He didn't even know about it, but the red tape being what it was, he was fined 3000 bucks and had his license suspended.

  • And now he had a huge problem.

  • He wasn't allowed to operate the crematorium.

  • He wasn't allowed to work at all.

  • But he had dead babies and fetuses all over the place at the funeral home.

  • We are talking about a handful here.

  • Either we're talking about hundreds.

  • He soon lost the funeral home and was faced with the unlikely problem of having a massive stash of very small dead humans.

  • He decided to take those bodies home, which in hindsight, was a really bad move in his mind.

  • He thought one day he could get his license back and then cremate the bodies.

  • But how does one hide over 300 dead babies and fetuses without a large refrigeration unit?

  • Those things start to smell bad after a while.

  • Well, he stacked them up in the garage not long after his ex wife became suspicious and told the police she thought he was hiding the dead.

  • When the police opened up that garage, the smell of purification almost knocked him over.

  • They also found boxes with labels saying fetal remains.

  • In other parts of the garage were tiny little caps and diapers that the newborns had once worn.

  • This is what the cops found in total 19 remains of babies that had been born but hadn't lived very long.

  • They also discovered 179 remains of fetuses that hadn't passed 16 weeks of gestation and another 154 fetuses that got past 16 weeks.

  • On top of all that, they found 253 containers holding fetal autopsy remains.

  • When Winston stood in court, the jury heard how he was an exemplary citizen who just messed up.

  • He was a man who served on the city's civil service commission and who was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  • He was a guy that helped everyone but just came unstuck in the worst kind of way.

  • For 19 counts of abuse of a corpse, he was given four years probation.

  • While this story is one of the most McCobb things you'll ever hear, you can't help but feel sorry for Winston.

  • This is how he explained his actions.

  • When you try to do your best, sometimes thinks before you that you can't control you reach a point where you just have to make the best deal you can.

  • Amen.

  • Now you need to watch what actually happens during an autopsy or have a look at this one.

July 1986 a grocery store co founder from Mount Vernon, New York, named Anthony Piracy bit the dust.

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