User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8

  1. #1
    Une Femme est une femme paperoceans's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    MBTI
    ENFP
    Enneagram
    8w7
    Posts
    834

    Default Ted Williams' frozen head used for batting practice, says new book

    Workers at an Arizona cryonics facility mutilated the frozen head of baseball legend Ted Williams - even using it for a bizarre batting practice, a new tell-all book claims.

    In "Frozen," Larry Johnson, a former exec at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., graphically describes how The Splendid Splinter" was beheaded, his head frozen and repeatedly abused.

    The book, out Tuesday from Vanguard Press, tells how Williams' corpse became "Alcorian A-1949" at the facility, where bodies are kept suspended in liquid nitrogen in case future generations learn how to revive them.

    Johnson writes that in July 2002, shortly after the Red Sox slugger died at age 83, technicians with no medical certification gleefully photographed and used crude equipment to decapitate the majors' last .400 hitter.

    Williams' severed head was then frozen, and even used for batting practice by a technician trying to dislodge it from a tuna fish can.

    The chief operating officer of Alcor for eight months before becoming a whistleblower in 2003, Johnson wrote his book while in hiding, fearful for his life.

    He told the Daily News then he had received death threats and was moving from safehouse to safehouse. Johnson plans to come out of the shadows Tuesday, with his book and an appearance on ABC's "Nightline."

    Johnson said he wired himself with an audio recorder for his last three months at Alcor, stole internal records and took gruesome photographs that are reproduced in the book.

    The book describes other atrocities at Alcor's facility in Arizona, including the dismembering of live dogs that were injected with chemicals in experiments, and a situation in which human blood and toxic chemicals were dumped into a parking lot sewer drain.

    It also also details suspicious circumstances involving the bodies of two people who are frozen in steel cylinders at Alcor: gay rights activist John Dentinger and Dora Kent, an elderly woman whose son, Saul Dent, gave Alcor lots of money.

    Nothing in the book is as gruesome as Johnson's descriptions of what happened to Williams' body after it was sent to Alcor at the direction of the Williams' son John Henry Williams, who died of leukemia in 2004.

    In 2003, The News reported that Buzz Hamon, the ballplayer's close friend and former director of the Ted Williams Museum in Hernando, Fla., sneaked into Alcor with the help of a mortician friend.

    Hamon said he was "appalled" by the conditions there, where Williams' body and more than 50 others were stored in steel tanks alongside cardboard boxes and junk. Hamon died in 2004, reportedly committing suicide.

    Johnson writes that holes were drilled in Williams' severed head for the insertion of microphones, then frozen in liquid nitrogen while Alcor employees recorded the sounds of Williams' brain cracking 16 times as temperatures dropped to -321 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Johnson writes that the head was balanced on an empty can of Bumble Bee tuna to keep it from sticking to the bottom of its case.

    Johnson describes watching as another Alcor employee removed Williams' head from the freezer with a stick, and tried to dislodge the tuna can by swinging at it with a monkey wrench.

    The technician, no .406 hitter like the baseball legend, missed the can with several swings of the wrench and smacked Williams' head directly, spraying "tiny pieces of frozen head" around the room.

    Johnson accuses the company of joking morbidly about mailing Williams' thawing remains back to his family if his son didn't pay his outstanding debt to the company.

    Reprints of invoices show that Alcor president John Lemler charged $120,000 for the honor of "suspending" Teddy Ballgame's body.

    A former paramedic, Johnson first blew the whistle on Alcor in a 2003 Sports Illustrated article about Williams' stored body.

    He drew criticism at the time for an aborted attempt to sell photos online purportedly showing Williams' corpse.

    Johnson said he hopes his book will help fulfill the wishes Williams expressed in his will - that his body be cremated and the ashes "sprinkled at sea off the coast of Florida, where the water is very deep."

    source
    What.
    Between that cigarillo and sticking my finger down my throat to see if I could DT, I feel like puking RN.

    Read my Blog.

  2. #2
    Une Femme est une femme paperoceans's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    MBTI
    ENFP
    Enneagram
    8w7
    Posts
    834

    Default

    I'm confused. Wait, what?
    Between that cigarillo and sticking my finger down my throat to see if I could DT, I feel like puking RN.

    Read my Blog.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    INxJ
    Posts
    3,917

    Default

    I know an INTP that wants to be frozen at a cryo place in Arizona when he dies. Don't you know heads make the best baseballs?

  4. #4
    ^He pronks, too! Magic Poriferan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    MBTI
    Yin
    Enneagram
    One sx/sp
    Posts
    13,909

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    I know an INTP that wants to be frozen at a cryo place in Arizona when he dies. Don't you know heads make the best baseballs?
    Nonsense. Those men are chumps. Heads are terrible baseballs, and are ideally used for soccer. The Italians had the right idea.
    Go to sleep, iguana.


    _________________________________
    INTP. Type 1>6>5. sx/sp.
    Live and let live will just amount to might makes right

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    INxJ
    Posts
    3,917

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Nonsense. Those men are chumps. Heads are terrible baseballs, and are ideally used for soccer. The Italians had the right idea.
    You're right. Once the head starts to thaw it would be awfully hard to get it to fly through the air as expected, due to strange weight distribution.

    I bet that head started to smell after awhile. What a party pooper.

  6. #6
    Emerging Tallulah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    MBTI
    INTP
    Posts
    6,028

    Default

    Wow, that's just sad and disgusting.
    Something Witty

  7. #7
    your resident asshole
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,407

    Default

    Oh look, a frozen, severed head! Let's smack it with a monkey wrench and see what happens!

  8. #8
    Senior Member Sacrator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    MBTI
    ENFP
    Posts
    156

    Default

    they just know that the chances of him being brought to life again are pretty much completely impossible. The whole head freezing thing is pretty much a scam. Cryogenics right now isn't even advanced enough to safely preserve a body plus anyways all the memories a person had during life would be lost if he was to be brought to life.
    [SIGPIC]http://www.derekrhode.com/MiscHosting/Pics/151645.png[/SIGPIC]

Similar Threads

  1. Can creativity be used for any purposes?
    By Kullervo in forum Philosophy and Spirituality
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 08-08-2014, 10:09 AM
  2. [Fe] Fe types how do you do on this test? What method do you use for it? (Other types too)
    By infinite in forum Myers-Briggs and Jungian Cognitive Functions
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 06-30-2014, 11:20 AM
  3. A ga-zillion uses for [item].
    By kyuuei in forum Home, Garden and Nature
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-01-2010, 12:54 PM
  4. Vista users: Feel like you were used for beta testing?
    By Athenian200 in forum Science, Technology, and Future Tech
    Replies: 54
    Last Post: 11-30-2009, 05:35 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO