Judge Orders Autopsy of Body Over Cryonics Objection

Han frozen in carbonite (Couldn't find one with Billy D. Williams in it, sorry)

Cryonics is a bunch of crap (or at least Siouxsie thinks so).  Seriously, you cannot just stick a body in a freezer for a couple of years, defrost it at room temperature, and then raise it from the dead.

But Alcor, a cryonics company in Arizona promises otherwise.  Alcor bases its entire business on its prediction that, at some point in the future, it will be able to raise the dead (that is, so long as the dead are frozen and maintained at great cost in their facility).   Although Alcor boasts this ability, it predicts that an autopsy of a body would greatly diminish its powers to resurrect the dead.  WTF?  Surely, if you have the power to raise the dead, you can do a little patchwork to mend superficial and minor injuries too.

Thankfully, Siouxsie isn’t the only one that doesn’t buy Alcor’s assertions.

Last week, Alcor tried to stop the autopsy of a 48-year-old man who wanted his body frozen so that he could be brought back to life later.  Because the man was found dead in his apartment, the medical examiner deemed the death suspicious (a likely accidental prescription drug overdose), and decided to do an autopsy.  “But just as a doctor began to cut open [the man’s] chest, [Alcor] called and asked him to stop.”

The judge explained that the medical examiner’s determination to perform an autopsy trumps the decedent’s personal preference and the judge quickly denied Alcor’s attempts to stop the autopsy.  The medical examiner performed the autopsy on Friday.  Conveniently, Alcor now contends that the man’s body can still be preserved because “his brain was not cut into.”

Stay tuned for more legal battles involving Alcor.  Last month, Vanguard published a tell-all book, aptly titled “Frozen,” by a former Alcor employee.

“Frozen” alleges that Alcor “beheaded and grossly mistreated” the frozen body of Ted Williams (aka the The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, and The Thumper).  The book claims that “an Alcor employee used a monkey wrench to batter the [Ted Williams’s] frozen head and free it from a tuna fish can that was used for a pedestal.”  Family members of Ted Williams are appalled.  Earlier this week, Mike Piazza offered to help the family if they pursue legal recourse.  Awesome.

“Frozen” also “accuses Alcor of experimenting with preservation chemicals on dogs.”  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”)  is now involved.

You can buy Frozen at Amazon.

Source — ABA Law Journal

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~ by siouxsielaw on December 13, 2009.

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