Strange things happened to the dead body of Alistair Cooke, the host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre:
His name was misspelled. His birthdate was off by 10 years. His Social Security number wasn't even close. The name of his doctor, contact information for a relative, the time and cause of his death: all wrong.
None of that prevented the removal and sale of the 95-year-old's arms and legs. The fate of his pelvis and other tissue remains a mystery.
For Susan Cooke Kittredge, the celebrity's daughter, the deception destroyed her trust. ...
Where Kittredge's name might have appeared on the records, there is instead a bogus name and phone number for a family member who supposedly agreed to donate her father's body parts for tissue transplants.