The Daily News has a doozy of an article on the Brooklyn DA's current probe into the "illicit theft and sale of bones and other body parts carved from fresh corpses at funeral homes." The number of bodies in question? Nearly 1,000.
Apparently, the legitimate companies that were being sold the body parts, for use in transplants and other medical procedures (like dental implants, tendon and ligament surgeries and skin grafts) were on the up and up but that the funeral homes providing the parts were forging signatures and medical histories so as to make money that they wouldn't have to share with the families.
Our favorite fact from the, admittedly disturbing, article? "One ounce of processed bone for dental implants costs more than an ounce of gold [$475]." Chew on that.