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jax_1 Posted on 13/6 11:21
Very Strang Goings On!

How awful!

Cooke's daughter tells of nightmare

Alistair Cooke's daughter has spoken of the nightmares she had after finding out her father's leg bones had allegedly been removed from his corpse by bodysnatchers.

Susan Kittredge said she dreamt she opened a door and saw her screaming, legless father reaching out to her.

The body of the BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke is one of more than a thousand authorities claim was plundered for parts which were then sold on to the tissue industry.

"To know that they chopped off his legs, then you can't help but see in front of you a truncated person on the floor whose head comes up to the waist," Ms Kittredge said.

She also revealed she had noticed there was something odd about her father's ashes, but did not give it much thought.

As a minister she had handled ashes in the past and had expected to see shards of bone. But Mr Cooke's remains were smooth and fine like talcum powder and contained a coil of wire.

"It never occurred to me for a minute that it might be a by-product of someone having engaged in some nefarious endeavour," Ms Kittredge said.

Mr Cooke died from lung cancer at his home in New York in March 2004. Last December his daughter was contacted by a detective who told her his investigators believed his body had been ransacked and bones sold for thousands of dollars.

She was told the gang had allegedly made Mr Cooke appear a suitable donor by falsifying his cause of death by listing it as a heart attack, not cancer, and listing his aged as 85 rather than 95.

Ms Kittredge said she had been told her father's bones were never implanted in anyone, and she does not know what happened to the rest of his body. The owner of Biomedical Tissue Services, the New Jersey company accused of taking bones, tendons, ligaments, skin and other tissue from cadavers, and three others, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

grantus Posted on 13/6 11:23
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This is no story to sneeze at.

Neither is your spelling jaxy.

mufflar Posted on 13/6 11:28
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a little bit Irvine Welsh...

jax_1 Posted on 13/6 11:28
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LOl Grantus, yes I spotted it as soon as I posted it. Thankfully I managed to spot the missing g before I posted. - If only my fingers didn't move so fast, I'd be ok

grantus Posted on 13/6 11:30
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Fast fingers aren't always the best lass.

Assured fingers, fingers with rhythm, they tend to finish the best stories without any maistakes.

piggy_nichol Posted on 13/6 11:32
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It wouldnt bother me if someone fed my leg bones to a dog after I was dead.

jax_1 Posted on 13/6 11:36
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LOL Grantus

Really Piggy? You'd surely expect them to ask your family first though, wouldn't you?

coheadboro Posted on 13/6 11:37
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It's not like you're going to need them when you're dead

jax_1 Posted on 13/6 11:44
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It doesn't seem right, that they have just popped along and lopped them off at will though Co, does it?

Bit Burke n Hare

piggy_nichol Posted on 13/6 11:46
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I'd expect my family to get the winalot side salad out.

coheadboro Posted on 13/6 11:56
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I guess it is wrong but, as long as it's not happening to someone you know, quite funny aswell

jax_1 Posted on 13/6 12:02
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LOL Piggy, I'm sure they are not that bad.

Then again though, with a dad that eats mould, you just never know

littlejimmy Posted on 13/6 12:06
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Why do people get sentimental over human remains? After all, they're only bits of meat. The person, their soul, the life-force is gone. I don't get it. When I die, they can stuff me and use me as a hat-stand for all I care.